About Me


“The Pixel Diaries is a travel/lifestyle blog and visual journey through the U.S., the globe and the wonderful world of imaging.”

About Karen:

I’m a traveling pixel junkie, so to speak. To be more specific, I’m a photographer and graphic designer. I live on the road full-time, which means I have no property or physical address.  I am, what you would call, a “technomad,” meaning someone who uses technology to make their “nomad-ness” possible. Why such a crazy lifestyle? Well, I was never into convention, for one. Plus, I thrive on a dynamic and constantly-changing life. After trying to quench my thirst for adventure with a large amount of traveling, plane rides and hotels, this life seemed to just make sense.

I was trying to work out a way to travel full-time when I met Ben, who had been living on the road for four years already. I guess you could say that the planets aligned for us, because the chemistry was there as well as the multitude of things we have in common. I began living on the road with him in the beginning of 2010, and we were married in January of 2013.

We hit anywhere between 15 and 30 states per year, working on the road and shooting as much as possible. My goal with this blog is to share not only travel experiences and amazing destinations, but also my love of photography and other things visual. In addition to this site, The Pixel Diaries, I also have a more complete portfolio site, which shows off my images and design work. You can purchase prints there as well The site is: www.KarenNace.com

About Ben (The Mister)

My amazing mister is an educator, photographer, author and technomad. He’s been living on the road since 2006 searching out unique places to visit and photograph. He has a passion for vintage America and seeks out that kind of material as we travel around the country. (Needless to say, he’s driven down Route 66 a few times!)

When Ben isn’t on the road, he’s presenting Photoshop and photography seminars all around the world. Luckily for me, he needs a little assistance at those oh=so exotic locations (wink, wink!).

“Happiness is a Journey, not a Destination”

Pencils to Pixels

Create Something

Daily Reminder / Lettering

Go Outside

Daily Reminder / Lettering

Home is Where You Park It

Illustration / Lettering

Yoga is my Superpower


Neon Sign Alphabet


Creative Cruiser Badge

Illustration / Lettering

Joann’s Kitchen Christmas Cookies Packaging


Vintage Road Trip Pattern


Recent Posts

  • Hong Kong: Our final port of call

    Hong Kong: Our final port of call

    January 10, 2015
    After nearly two months of travel, we finally arrived at our last port of call: Hong Kong. We had never been to Hong Kong before, so after we disembarked from the ship we'd been calling home, we checked in to a hotel and stayed in the city for four extra days. Ideally, it'd be nice [...]
  • Good Morning, Vietnam! (And good afternoon, and good evening…)

    Good Morning, Vietnam! (And good afternoon, and good evening…)

    January 8, 2015
    Of all the countries we visited on this 2-month journey, if I had to pick one to return to right now, it would be Vietnam. There was just something about it. Maybe it was the charming people, or the bright colors, or the art and food. It was probably a mixture of all these things. [...]
  • The Thai island of Ko Samui

    The Thai island of Ko Samui

    January 6, 2015
    This crazy adventure just goes on and on! Ko Samui was the second port in Thailand we visited, and we sailed there from our previous stop in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. (I didn't post about our stop in Cambodia because, frankly, there wasn't much do to at that particular port except for go to the beach, and [...]
  • Malacca: An Adorable World Heritage Site

    Malacca: An Adorable World Heritage Site

    January 6, 2015
    After leaving Kuala Lumpur, the largest metropolis in Malaysia, we sailed to Malacca, the third smallest state in the country. The historic area of Malacca is a World Heritage Site and that's where we spent most of our time. We only had one day here, and we could have stayed much longer. There are beautiful, historic [...]
  • Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s metropolis

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s metropolis

    September 25, 2014
    Kuala Lumpur is one city we really needed more time to explore. We were only there for one day, and because the city was an hour's drive from our docking location, the commute cut our time even shorter. As soon as we were dropped off downtown, we took off for the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. [...]
  • Myanmar: Monks, monasteries & pagodas

    Myanmar: Monks, monasteries & pagodas

    September 22, 2014
    Our journey through Southeast Asia really took us to the kinds of places most tourists don't get to go. Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) was one of those places. They only began to allow tourists into the country a few years back, and they aren't set up for tourism at all... which is actually kind [...]
  • Thailand: Cave temples & floating villages

    Thailand: Cave temples & floating villages

    September 20, 2014
    I was so thrilled to be visiting Thailand for the first time! The ship docked in Phuket (pronounced poo-ket) and we opted to take an organized tour up to the Phang Nga province, which was about an hour's drive north. Our first stop was a temple that is actually located inside a cave. The entrance [...]
  • Photographic Penang

    Photographic Penang

    September 18, 2014
    After leaving Singapore, we sailed up the west coast of Malaysia and docked in Penang. We had one day here and went off exploring on our own. We spent most of the day on foot, walking from street to street and migrating toward anything that looked interesting to us... and there was a LOT of [...]
  • Singapore: The Lion City

    Singapore: The Lion City

    September 17, 2014
    Singapore... oh boy. Where to begin? I got to know Singapore a lot better than some of the other ports we visited. That's because we were docked there twice, both times for several days. Being docked at one place for more than one day is nice because you can get on and off the ship [...]

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