Off the Beaten Path

Southern Indiana: the way vacations used to be

Small-town USA is calling.

How often have you come home from a vacation only to need another vacation? Some places are just plain stressful: white-knuckling your smartphone, camera and cash from would-be criminals on the street. As it turns ...

Art meets nature in the Canaries

Lanzarote offers an off-beat artsy vibe, stunning beaches and volcanic wonders.

The island of Lanzarote, part of Spain’s Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, is for many budget tourists synonymous with cookie-cutter resort towns and all-inclusive holiday packages. The truth is that the island’s ...

France's Haute-Savoie: not the Riviera

Ditching the Mediterranean for a different beauty in the French Alps.

On a steep narrow country road 3,700 feet above sea level, my travel partner accelerated the engine, heading toward the sound of alpine bells. As herdsmen rallied the cows to graze on the undulating pastures ...

Tranquil Cambria, California

Head up Highway 1 to this uncrowded Central Coast gem.

With a backdrop of Monterey pines drooped in a misty veil, interrupted now and again by the sun, you can see why the sleepy artist village of Cambria has drawn Californians for decades to its ...

Off-track in Boca de Yuma, Dominican Republic

Authenticity awaits down the coast from all-inclusive resorts.

The easternmost point of the Dominican Republic is locked in a struggle between the lapping transparent waters of the Caribbean and the darker rough waters of the Atlantic. Throw in the mouth of a freshwater ...

Baja zen: Guadalupe Canyon's oasis

Hidden palm oasis and hot-springs camping 4 hours southeast.

It's midafternoon, and the hot sun beats down on a remote desert road laying before me. I'm deep in the Mexican desert, thinking of shinrin-yoku. Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese practice of "forest bathing" to enhance ...

Backpacking in the Santa Rosa Wilderness

"It seems as remote as you can get in Southern California."

My boots grate loudly over the gravel as I shuffle onto my crinkly tarp. After manhandling spare clothing into a fussy Sea to Summit stuff sack, I rustle into my Kelty down sleeping bag. With ...

No sidewalks in northeast Georgia

Finding comfort in the slow pace of small-town Deep South.

This Thanksgiving, I took my usual once- (and sometime twice) a-year drive down south. After ten years of back and forth over myriad routes, specifically those avoiding the highways, I've seen and tasted a lot ...

Mud and infidels: Djenné, Mali

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is something to behold – if you can make it here.

When the first rays of sunrise strike the great mosque at Djenné, many believers fall to their knees from its beauty. Djenné, Mali, is a fly speck on a map. Overlooked by most travelers, it's ...

Ağva's "Club Bar"

Finding a good tequila shot in Turkey: about as hard as you'd think.

My friend Saba and I decided to take a trip outside of Istanbul to Ağva, a vacation village in the mountains, by the Black Sea. Saba is a native Turk, but she majored in American ...

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