Don’t Let Your Guidebook Ruin Your Travels

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

If guidebooks had their own Facebook page, I’d be a fan. My shelves are a miniature library of guidebooks and language references. I’m a geek when it comes to knowing about where I’m headed (though my last post we found out I can surely improve) and I’ve thanked them for the bits of info helping me […]

Forget Autumn, Get Ready for Shoulder Season

Monday, September 7, 2009

Need some good news for your Monday morning? Here it is: Shoulder season is here! So say the prognosticators over at Budget Travel. “Shoulder season” is how they refer to those times of year when “the tourist hordes have left (or haven’t yet arrived), prices have dropped, and the weather’s just delightful.” In other words, […]

Lost Cities You Can Still Visit

Monday, September 7, 2009

I have recently vowed to myself to do a bit more research on my future destinations before I arrive. Not of cafes or hostels, but of a place’s history.  That way, I can gain a better appreciation while I’m there. And not just what I slept through in high school history class, ancient history, too. We’ve all […]

Colombia Calling (Part Two)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The easy part of about Playa Grande is falling for it immediately. The hard part? Getting there. By Matt Stabile I STUCK MY HEAD OUT THE OPEN DOOR OF THE BUS and looked down a steep cliff wall that descended into a wide bay. The public buses in Colombia are usually beat-up looking affairs, with […]

Are Those Ice Spikes On Your Running Shoes?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Okay, so last December you ran the Honolulu Marathon and found it exhilarating. Ready for a new challenge? How about something a little less…tropical? The Polar Circle Marathon delivers. If you’ve ever felt like running 26 miles through Greenland’s snow-covered moraine hills and across its permanent ice cap, this race is for you. This year’s […]

Udaipur, India: The World’s Best City For Travelers

Saturday, September 5, 2009

“Venice of the East,” or the Indian city of Udaipur won a Travel & Leisure’s annual “World’s Best Awards” as the best city for travelers in 2009. With its many lakes, canals, palaces, and value, it came in ahead of Cape Town, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, and Chiang Mai rounding out the top five. Along the same […]

The Return Of Lonely Planet Cycling Guides

Saturday, September 5, 2009

In 2006, my wife and I bicycled through six Southeast Asian nations over three months. During the first half of the journey, one resource we turned to was Lonely Planet’s Cycling Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. With detailed route information, including km-by-km directions, elevation charts, and cycle-centric destination info, this book was handy to say the […]

Got Creepy? Scotland Castle Is Home To 7 Ghosts

Saturday, September 5, 2009

One Castle. Seven Ghost. Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland, was the location for a recent Most Haunted episode. This brilliant castle was built in 1777, but the original buildings of the compound date back to 1165, and could be one of the most haunted places on earth. Each of the ghosts have their own reported […]

Wifi The Friendly Skies

Friday, September 4, 2009

A couple weeks ago, I was sitting on the runway at LAX, staring mindlessly at the cycle of commercials playing on my seat’s personalized TV monitor. Credit cards, the Delta frequent flier program, jewelry, a promotion for “Mad Men.” But somewhere during the seventh or eighth cycle, one of the ads caught my eye. It […]

Travel Sickness May Be Just What You Need

Friday, September 4, 2009

If you travel, you will get sick… sooner or later it will catch up with you. I have friends that get struck down , literally, on every trip they take. They can set their watch to it. Yet, it doesn’t slow them down in the least. Even I, iron immune system and all, was driven to […]

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