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What brings you to Kosovo?

The country remains untouristed, but is perfectly safe to visit — with lots to see for the intrepid traveler.

"What brings you to Kosovo?" In most countries, it is simply assumed that tourism is the reason. But in this tiny nation of just 2 million people, tucked between Serbia and Albania, the foreign faces ...

The next Koh Phi Phi: Koh Rong, Cambodia

Add this less-touristed (for now) island to your Southeast Asia list.

Editor's note: this article was originally written in 2013, after the author returned from a trip to Asia. As Cambodia continues its surge in developing mass tourism, there are several places where the change will ...

South Pacific's mythic Marquesas

Journeying aboard the cargo-cruiser Aranui to far-flung isles.

The South Pacific’s remote, pristine Marquesas Islands make Hawaii look like Harlem. I can honestly say these South Seas sojourns to French Polynesia’s untrammeled atolls and isles have been the greatest excursions of my life. ...

Beer cans on the beach A-OK...in South Korea

Abnormal sees and takes opportunities out west

In June, Rancho Bernardo's Abnormal Beer Co. opened its first offsite location: in Busan, South Korea. Abnormal Taphouse + Cantina opened in the popular beach community Haeundae, where it serves street tacos in addition to ...

A European burrito mission

Dominic Carrillo's quest results in a Euro-burrito top 5.

It’s the time of year when kids are graduating, and some of the lucky ones get to travel abroad on their own. The first time I traveled in Europe — with an oversized backpack and ...

Vietnam War, remembered

By sailors on Navy ships, by grunts, refugees who escaped, artists, and authors

Morale Seemed So High Mark said he’d had some bitter experiences with black sailors on the ship. When a group of recruits came on board, he lined them up to get some paperwork information. “Hey, ...

Myanmar on the move

Go soon: tourism is on the rise, and the country's changing faster than ever.

Last year I visited Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), a country which only opened its doors to tourism in the past 5-10 years. Prior to this, the country was under strict military rule. Many travelers ...

Soccer stadium investors deal hops from New Zealand farm

The Kiwi connection

A San Diego–based investment group has taken a stake in New Zealand–grown hops. La Jolla's FS Investors bought a New Zealand hops farm last year for $9.8 million, more than $32,000 per acre for the ...

I heart Hong Kong

Gallery-, lounge- and restaurant-hopping: a day in Asia's World City.

You lazily open your eyes. Life is fuzzed by sleep, and the glare from the snow-white sheets adds to your blindness. A delicious stretch and yawn to get your blood flowing, and you swing your ...

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 ...

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