Adventure Travel

Here’s What It’s Like To Climb Sigiriya, Sri Lanka’s Ancient City In The Sky

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Two things tend to come to mind when you’re visiting Sigiriya, Sri Lanka’s somewhat newly discovered ancient city in the sky. First, it’s usually something along the lines of, “This is the coolest experience ever.” Second, it’s also usually something along the lines of, “I hope these stairs hold, because if not, then I’m a […]

My Four-Day Trip To Peru To Try Ayahuasca

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The sun was setting over the horizon, which meant the mosquitoes were getting ready for dinner. It was time to get inside. I was way out in the sticks, in a small jungle compound sitting next to a tributary of the river Amazon about a two hour’s boat ride from Iquitos, the nearest town and […]

Zanzibar On The Mind

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The men sit and they wait, casually oblivious to my watchful gaze. I am standing on a small stretch of beach that straddles Zanzibar’s main Town, Stone Town, and the narrow ribbon of Indian Ocean, which separates the island from the African mainland. Fifteen traditional dhow boats wait expectantly at the water’s edge, tiny waves […]

Why I Brought My Baby to Egypt

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Shortly after 3 a.m., I was asleep on an overnight train from Cairo — until I wasn’t. Until my 10-month-old son started thrashing in my arms and convulsing. Until my husband stumbled down from the top bunk to help, until he flipped on the light in the tiny compartment, until he crashed against the bottom […]

Embracing The Unexpected In Thunder God’s Forest

Sunday, March 20, 2016

It was a bleak afternoon in July as we sped out of Reykjavik, our destination a wilderness area in South Iceland called Thorsmörk, or “Thunder God’s Forest.” Rain pelted the bus’s windows, further obscuring our view of the fog-shrouded countryside. The yellow headlights of oncoming traffic whizzed by in a blur. Sweating under too many […]

Switzerland To Mongolia Equals One Epic Road-Trip Video

Friday, February 12, 2016

Shot by Swiss videographer Milo Zanecchia, “Latitude 45 – Switzerland to Mongolia” chronicles an unforgettable road trip from Switzerland to Mongolia over the span of 90 days. For those of you keeping count, the countries included on the trip were Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. By Matt Stabile […]

Riding In Jeeps With Strangers In Macedonia

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Macedonia town of Skopje disappeared from the rear-view mirror of our jeep about 9 miles ago. The road has become narrower and is starting to wind back and forth. My stomach is doing flip-flops. I glance over at Oliver who I met just a couple hours ago and marvel at the fact that he’s […]

Wild Kauai: Surfing With A Hawaiian Legend

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I looked through the sliding glass doors of our beachside rental, past the palm trees and rain-soaked grass, and out to the water. The early light showed Hanalei Bay to be a windswept jumble with not one surfer out on dawn patrol. At 6:30 a.m. my friend Sarah bounded in. “The guys just texted. Kilauea […]

Going “Deep” In Indonesia: Diving The Gilis

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

It is a glorious morning. With the sort of light that deserves to have a few moments taken to stop, breathe it in, and absorb the possibility it brings; to make a memory of the way the sun dances across the sea, sprinkling it with gold; to relish the cool that blurs the horizon; to […]

Chasing Chimpanzees

Thursday, June 11, 2015

“I’m sick,” says my father. The words hit me like a ton of bricks. My heart sinks to my toes. It’s 7 a.m. and I just spent my fourth night sleeping in a two-man tent plopped on the grounds of a well-manicured guesthouse in the beautiful Ugandan countryside near Kibale. We’re slated to track wild […]

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