Travel Stories

Panama City: since I was in the area...

Where to explore if you find yourself in Panama City, Panama.

A relatively short distance from San Diego (just a few small countries south of Mexico) lies Panama, the final Central American nation before you hit South America. Yet, for a tiny country, the capital, Panama ...

Wine & dine Temecula "staycation"

This wine tour and casino itinerary is an easy hour drive up I-15 away.

Confession time: as a San Diego resident, it took me almost a decade to go wine tasting in Temecula. I broke the spell when my best friend celebrated her birthday at Pechanga Resort and Casino. ...

Baseball game road trip to L.A.'s Echo Park

The Eastside neighborhood makes a Dodgers game worth the drive.

A few Saturdays ago, I spent some quality time in Los Angeles for a Dodgers game in Echo Park. I’d hadn’t been to one of their games in quite some time, but with my friend ...

Wild Peninsula Valdez, Argentina

See orcas at the beach, where they belong.

I first became aware of this enormous peninsula years ago when I heard about the burgeoning whale-watching attraction there. A thousand miles south of Buenos Aires on the south Atlantic coast, this region lies at ...

Discovery and serenity in Cambria, CA

The Central Coast town offers a rare atmosphere of tranquility and peace.

When I think of Cambria, I often think of my Grandpa Bristol – outfitted in a pair of brown waders – prying large red abalones from tidepool rocks. The Bristol home was close to the ...

Ancient Wroclaw, Poland

Crossroads of the pre-historic Amber Road and medieval Via Regia (“King’s Road”).

I visited Wroclaw, Poland, during an interesting time in history: it was the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice and the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. As for Wroclaw itself, it ...

Changing Colombia

Urban exploring in the country's capital, Bogota.

Colombia: cartels and cocaine... rebel groups and terrorism... violent gangs and kidnappings. Those are some of the stereotypes, right? Well, although these problems haven't completely vanished, things have definitely improved to the point where most ...

Among the pines in Pine Valley, CA

This East County mountain town's an easy 45-minute drive from downtown.

As someone who has primarily lived in suburbia, I find myself escaping to small-town USA when I am in need of a change in scenery. Most San Diegans head to Julian, Palomar, or Cleveland National ...

Reykjavik: less like a tourist, more like a local

Solo traveling in Iceland done right.

Though it was not my first time in Iceland, it was my first time single and, for most of the time, without any travel companion. It turned out to be a fine thing. You can ...

Cabo Polonio, bona fide best of Uruguay

No roads or electricity? All the more reason to visit.

There may well be other places like this, a scruffy village of dwellings on a cape which seems like it’s from another time, but I haven’t seen any. Most locations remind you of some other ...

Into the West: Sedona & Grand Canyon road trip

Fit some of the best Southwest hikes and views into a long weekend.

For me, the Wild West was never something that piqued my interest. The desert, cowboys, the Gold Rush, saloons; it all seemed rather dusty and trite to me. That is until I got a chance ...

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