Archive for the ‘Travel Destinations’ Category

Wintry travel experiences

northern lights

Winter offers some unique travel opportunities that aren’t available at other times of the year. Lonely Planet just published a list of seven favorite winterland marvels.

Literary pilgrimages

Shakespeare and Company bookshop

If you’re a traveler who loves books and reading, there are any number of sites to add to your list of dream destinations. Along those lines, BootsnAll recently suggested nine intriguing destinations for lovers of Western literature.

10 best ruins – famous and not-so-famous

Mesa Verde

Yahoo! Travel recently compiled a list of 10 of the best ruins around the world and it included some of the usual suspects, but also a few sites that are stunning in their own right but not quite as well known.

Myths, legends and travel destinations

Tibetan castle and landscape

Shambhala, Timbuktu, Zanzibar. The names roll off the tongue like poetry, but the stories and legends are so ingrained in the popular imagination that we sometimes can’t remember whether they are real destinations or myths. That’s why I enjoyed this recent Lonely Planet piece about “10 places of myth and legend.”

Classic backpacker trails


What are some of the world’s classic backpacker trails? Lonely Planet has 10 suggestions, including a Banana Pancake Trail through Southeast Asia and an Istanbul to Cairo trek.

Most picturesque lakes in the world

Most picturesque lakes in the world

There are any number of stunning waterfront vistas in the world and they’re not all along ocean coastlines. Budget Travel and Yahoo just published their take on 10 of the world’s most beautiful lakes.

A beach for every season

Ko Lanta Yai Beach Thailand

It’s the height of summer in North America, so what better time to contemplate beaches? From the best beaches to swing a hammock to the best beaches around the world to visit by month.

Great train journeys

Great train journeys

Train journeys are one of the great ways to travel. National Geographic Traveler recently published lists of their favorite train journeys in Europe and North America, and there are some wonderful selections to consider for your next adventure.

Driving through Namibia

Namib Desert

Although Namibia is not a country that gets a lot of tourist press, it’s one of the more developed countries in Africa in terms of infrastructure and it not only has tribal cultures and wildlife sightings for tourists, but also coastal towns, desert landscapes and some of the most stunning sand dunes in the world. Barney Lyons just wrote an article for BootsnAll about a driving tour of Namibia.

If you like architecture, here are some cities for you


Architecture is fascinating, particularly as you make your way around the world and take in the shapes, colors and functions of buildings in different cultures. A great thing to remember as you travel, in fact, is to look up periodically and to absorb the details of the buildings around you. The architecture of our lives […]

Transformational trips

You have the time. You have the money. And you want to do something different: take a trip that will transform your life. Or at least give you the sense that you’ve had a life-changing adventure. Travel & Leisure and MSNBC recently published a story about what they called midlife crisis trips, but the journeys […]

Extraordinary islands

There is something almost indescribably mysterious and beautiful about islands. Unmoored from any large land mass, they seem to float amidst the seas, many of them with their own unique landscape and identity. Frommer’s was on to something recently when it published the book 500 Extraordinary Islands, which profiles some of the most fascinating islands in […]

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