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The Top 50 Travel Blogs (4th Quarter: 2015)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 4th quarter (October — December) of 2015 ranked by visitor traffic. There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa […]

Blessings And Rice Balls At Kunzangdra Gonpa

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We duck into a narrow room hanging out over the cliff. Three walls and a slanted floor made of wooden planks are built around a supporting rock wall where a fire-charred boulder has been converted into a kitchen and big, fat pots blacken over open flames. Women and children line the perimeter of the floor […]

Wild Things Of The South Island

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

This far south, the stars seem like they could fall right out of the sky. Tug the blanket of blue holding them up and they’ll flutter down on our heads like snow. We sit—two Dutch, a kiwi, and an American—passing around a beer, looking up. The stars of the southern hemisphere are all new to […]

You Don’t Know Iwate In Japan, But Here’s Why You Should

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Travel to Iwate may be off the beaten path for most travelers coming to Japan who are much more familiar with the mega-cities Japan is known for, but with its rural vibe and abundant sights steeped in history, there’s no question Iwate should be a part of any visitor’s trip to the country. Chances are, […]

Tokyo Travel For The Food And Culture Obsessed

Sunday, November 22, 2015

When you travel to Tokyo, it’s hard not to fall back on certain well-worn travel clichés to describe the experience. Whether it’s the ever-present pull you see and feel between ancient Japanese tradition and the realities of modernity, the experience of walking through chaotic cityscapes then finding yourself in a serene Shinto shrine, or the […]

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 […]

The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2015)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 3rd quarter (July — September) of 2015 ranked by visitor traffic. There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa […]

Summer In Scottsdale And The Livin’ Is Line-Free

Sunday, September 20, 2015

To the ordinary outsider, a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the 4th of July, may seem a bit crazy, what with the average temperature hovering above 100 degrees for the month of July. However, throw into the mix the fact that hotel prices drop anywhere from 50% to 80% off their peak season rates (from the […]

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 […]

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