Travel Stories

Life (and the party) go on in Rio

Olympic flame snuffed, the party continues in Rio de Janeiro.

After months of continuous Olympic coverage two years ago, the questions still being asked about Rio de Janeiro likely include: "Wow! Rio looks incredible - is it really that beautiful?" And: "Wow! Is Rio really ...

Salento, cream of Colombia's coffee country

Experience small-town Colombia and some spectacular hiking on the finca.

Salento is an historic colonial town high in the mountains of the department of Quindio, situated 250 kilometers due south of Medellin. It used to be on the main route between Bogota and Popoyan even ...

Love for H-Town

The Big Star Bar and local craft brews overcome Houston's mosquito-revitalizing weather.

Ahh, Houston! As soon as I landed, my shirt got stuck to my body as I breathed in that humid thick air. Siri told me that my week visiting Texas for my cousin’s wedding was ...

Fascinating Kinmen, Taiwan

Cold War tunnels and traditional villages greet the curious visitor to this tiny island group.

A convenient weekend break from the noise and bustle of Taipei is a one-hour flight to the island of Kinmen. Although Kinmen is controlled by Taiwan, it lies only eight kilometers from the Chinese mainland ...

Idyllic Idyllwild: a weekend in the woods

All-seasons mountain village close to S.D. – just a 2.5-hour drive.

"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." ~ John Muir Ah, now I understand ...

Escape to Minca, Colombia

Get a break from the heat of the north coast in this sleepy backpacker hub.

It’s not the kind of place that comes to mind when thinking about Colombia, but a little mountain village called Minca gets my vote for best of honors. A slow 17 kilometers up and out ...

Loveland Reservoir: backcountry in San Diego's backyard

Just 45 minutes from downtown, the reservoir offers hiking, fishing and close-to-home wilderness.

Loveland Lake and Dam is a true hidden gem in the backcountry about 40 minutes drive from downtown San Diego off I-8 East. The trailhead can be easily missed if you blink once while driving ...

Get lost in Marseilles, France's second city

Explore a maze of narrow streets, hip neighborhoods, graffiti art and grand museums.

Marseille has never gotten its due as a vacation destination. Most people traveling to southern France pass through Marseille’s airport and move directly on to the more pristine and tony Provencal destinations, such as Aix-en-Provence ...

Buenos Aires in 48 hours

Must-do's, see's and eats in the impressive Argentinean capital.

It's surely one of the most impressive cities in South America, and a must-see for any traveler, even folks who prefer the countryside. Having said that, Buenos Aires is a gigantic mass of humanity, and ...

Joshua Tree glamping & the Integratron

Yurt glamping, sound bathing and stargazing 2.5 hours north of San Diego.

Oh, Joshua Tree. You are unique, far-flung and downright bizarre.... I first visited the quirky desert town several years ago and took to the creative community. While brainstorming road trip ideas one weekend, I settled ...

Japan: a land of contrasts

By far the phrase I used most often was “Arigata gozaimasu”: I appreciate it.

I stare out at Mount Fuji: bright, clear, stately, basking in the morning sunshine. Cherry blossoms frame my view alongside the stunning Chureito Pagoda in the foreground. My timing was implausibly fortuitous. The previous day ...

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