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Intrepidly visiting hotspot Israel

There’s nothing quite like the Holy Land. Go while you still can.

Just as I last left Israel, the bodies of three missing young men had turned up. The week before I was to return, there were two young men murdered in front of Old Jerusalem’s Jaffa ...

Adventures in Tokyo

With new nonstop flights from S.D., find your Lost in Translation moment.

Japan had been on our vacation destination list for decades, but it always seemed too far away and too expensive. This year, noticing a substantial drop in airfare prices and the introduction of an 11½ ...

Child of War: From Afghanistan to San Diego

Crazy gangster became a soldier at 17.

Sher Mohammad Haidari heard the radio crackle with Taliban chatter as the Army platoon he was with trudged through a valley in eastern Afghanistan looking for a U.S. soldier who had abandoned his post. The ...

Flashes: Helsinki and the Åland Islands

Off the beaten path in Finland.

Mingling on the Esplanadi The Sky Wheel spins remembrances of childhood. A southeastern breeze carries emotions, the X-girl laughter camouflaging the dark in her eyes. I smell apples and lilac. Sweden’s due west, Estonia to ...

Chaos, cops and captivity on the Eastern Cape

How (not) to celebrate New Year's in South Africa.

It was New Year’s Day, and the party in Chintsa, on South Africa’s Eastern Cape, had been long and wild. The hangover was severe, and the need to leave immediate. You see, included on the ...

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 ...

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