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Máncora, not Monaco

Peruvian surf, sportfishing and party town for travelers in the know.

Máncora, not Monaco, is the destination for the jet-setting crowd of Peru. This beachside resort town is on the Pacific Ocean, near the country’s northernmost border that it shares with Ecuador. Think sun, surf, and ...

Latin America's "Gringo Trail"

With stops in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia: a first-person look in this travel footage.

The "Gringo Trail" refers to the well-trodden backpacker route within Latin America, encompassing Mexico and Central & South America. In 2015 I spent 3 months on "the trail." This region of the world is so ...

Lesser-visited China: Suzhou & Tongli

The day trips are a welcome break from bustling, smoggy Shanghai.

Shanghai is the most populous city in the world, and it can become a bit overwhelming for both visitors and locals. If you’re living or visiting here for any length of time, you’ll welcome a ...

Former U-T owner sees future in oil

Manchester says he's a passive investor in Chilean company

Former Union-Tribune owner Douglas Manchester reported last month that he purchased 16.3 percent of GeoPark Limited, a Santiago, Chile–based oil-and-gas exploration and production company. Manchester's purchase of 9.7 million shares for around $30 million makes ...

Memorializing the Vietnam War

Camp without Joy Vietnamese have been brought to Camp Pendleton. The Camp Pendleton that sent Marines to Danang in the first place, just 10 years ago. With little imagination, you could think it's sort of ...

A "wee" island off the Devon coast

A trip to Lundy Island, one of the U.K.'s prime puffin hangouts.

It seemed like a great stroke of luck when I booked the last two tickets available on the M.S. Oldenberg from Bideford, North Devon, to Lundy Island on a high-season Saturday. That is, until I ...

Sithonia: the Baja of the Balkans

Pristine, tourist-free beaches. Some similarities, some key differences.

Freedom. The first time I drove from San Diego down to Baja for a few days, I was 18 years old. One might think that the excitement and joy of crossing the border had something ...

Vietnam veterans honored in Logan Heights

"It is important for our children to understand the sacrifices that were made by our troops."

Fifty years ago, many American servicemen who fought in Vietnam returned home to a country of discontent; some were spat at, others tormented, and many advised not to wear their uniforms in public. Unlike World ...

San Sebastian, Spain, and its sidrerías

Don't leave out Sidrería Lizeaga on your trip to the Basque Country.

Being a San Diego local, I've said before that I would never be able to live in a rainy place. I take that statement back after visiting San Sebastian. You can find San Sebastian nestled ...

More to see than just clear waters in Fiji

Travel perspective and tips, from resort-y to the lesser-visited Yasawa Islands.

Sun, sand and surf makes for a fun holiday, but there are lots of places on the planet you can experience them. An imaginative traveler wants more – to learn about people, customs, food and ...

The half-expected hazards of a taxi ride in Brazil

A beach city in the northeast, Natal's also home to NASCAR-driving wannabes.

Rush job – a rush job summoned me into action. By no means could I depend on public transportation in Natal, Brazil (where I'd ended up due to strategic miscalculations as a travel addict). A ...

Feeling the "other" Bern: Switzerland's capital

A trip through the city's UNESCO-worthy sites and heritage.

Bernie Sanders attracts big campaign crowds with his authenticity and populism - but this unique candidate has met his match in unorthodox Alexander Tschäppät, Switzerland’s outspoken rabble-rouser. Sanders is a Vermont Senator; Tschäppät has served ...

Take a ride on Cambodia's Bamboo Train

"It's 120 degrees, I am soaking wet, and having the time of my life."

On my third run I am getting the hang of things, taking cues from the pig next to me to see how far he leans into the turns while ducking in time to avoid the ...

Unexpected Budapest

Beer and cheer in the historic Hungarian capital.

The two cities of Buda and Pest once stared each other down with nothing but the Danube separating them. But in 1873, they merged to form Budapest after the Chain Bridge opened as the first ...

Pailon del Diablo will make you a believer

Surprise in the jungle near Rio Verde, Ecuador.

Rio Verde is a small Ecuadorean puebla in the center of the country. Nestled between two tunnels on a mountainous road, the one and only entrance can be easily missed. Fortunately there are signs and ...

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