Travel Stories

Papa Hem's Havana

Eating, drinking and adventuring through the classic Cuban capital.

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk.” ~ Ernest Hemingway And so we did. At least that's how I remember we ended up in Havana, Cuba. Okay, well maybe there's a bit more ...

Western ghosts in the Alabama Hills

There must be a cowboy in here somewhere.

When thinking of the Owens Valley along Highway 395 in Central California, you might consider it a gas-station stop on your drive to ski Mammoth Mountain, or maybe a great fishing area with numerous lakes ...

Hermosa and Manhattan: L.A.'s last real beach towns?

What's left of traditional SoCal beach culture in the sprawl.

Off the radar for most visitors to Los Angeles County is the South Bay area — since for beaches, people generally seek out the well-known spots of Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice. However, just below ...

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 ...

Backyard escape: the Cabrillo Monument & Tide Pools

Must-see natural beauty and history a hop and a skip away in Point Loma.

San Diego is such a beautiful part of the country. One might even go as far as to say the most beautiful part — there's so much to see and explore, even in our own ...

Tampa, really?

What's worth a look in the historic — and exotic, even — Gulf Coast city.

Tampa’s melting pot of cultures – as well as access to the freshest seafood and sun-kissed produce – has contributed to terrific restaurants. It’s a sophisticated city that has authentic global flair, unlike other nearby ...

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 ...

Best bets for your Joshua Tree weekend

Hiking, camping and reality-escaping in the closest national park.

As a recent transplant to Southern California, I've been anxious and excited to get out and explore what this part of the country has to offer. Joshua Tree has been at the top of my ...

Mexico City: beyond the border and beaches

Here's why you should check out Mexico's culture-rich capital.

San Diego is unique in that just minutes away, literally, is an entire other country. The contrast is stark: neighboring Tijuana isn't the most beautiful and prosperous city, and contrasts greatly with a city like ...

The Birds of Bodega, CA

Hitchcock's film legacy endures in two tiny Northern California coastal towns.

In 1963 the smash-hit movie The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, terrified film audiences and was the talk of the town for months after its opening. The story of a small California town under siege ...

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