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Stargazing in the Southwest

In August, I wrote about some of the best stargazing destinations worldwide, based on an article I’d written for Matador Travel. Now it’s time to look more specifically about stargazing destinations in the Southwestern United States. This time, I put together a road trip itinerary for Examiner.com that stretches from West Texas to Southern California […]

Life and music in Senegal

West Africa is not a heavily touristed place. It’s also not the first region that comes to mind when one contemplates great musical destinations. And yet there is a thriving music scene in Senegal, and especially in the capital city of Dakar, that would appeal to any musically inclined traveler. The NY Times just ran […]

Riel World photo – Painted Desert, Arizona

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Painted Desert, Arizona. A view of the Painted Desert in Arizona. This is one of several places where you can see the North American badlands, a distinctive landscape that can be found in Arizona, South Dakota, Nebraska and western Canada, among other destinations. If you’d like to see other photos of badlands in the Painted […]

Understanding the whirling dervishes

Whirling dervishes. The term is a familiar one to many people, but what exactly is a whirling dervish? That is, beyond some exotic Middle Eastern man who twirls round and round while dressed in a white robe and tall hat? Not many people know that the dance of a whirling dervish is actually a spiritual […]

Food that is quintessentially American

Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, and families from Maine to California will be sitting down for a traditional family meal of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, corn, cranberries, and other such food staples of this holiday. But this is an interesting time to take a look at other quintessentially American foods that have […]

Using travel to develop character in your children

Traveling with children. It’s a nightmare scenario for some people, but for many others it’s a not-to-be-missed family activity and an indispensable tool for teaching children about life in the world. Rachel Denning just wrote a great article for Boots ‘n All about this topic. It’s long been thought of as an activity that can’t […]

Riel World photo – Kayan tribe, Thailand

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Chang Mai, Thailand A woman from the Kayan tribe (popularly known as the “Long Necks”). This is a Burmese tribe, some of whose members now live in northern Thailand. The females wear neck rings that push down the collar bone and gives the appearance of a long neck.

Fascinating local markets around the world

I love to wander through local markets in different countries. I enjoy the colors and smells and sounds, but most of all the window they provide into a different culture. The foods people eat, the products they shop for, the clothing they wear, the way they haggle (or don’t haggle) over prices. So I loved […]

Movies and travel are a great mix

You’ve seen The Lord of the Rings and dreamed of traveling to New Zealand, where many of the amazingly beautiful scenes were filmed. You’ve sung along with Meryl Streep during Mamma Mia and wondered what achingly beautiful Greek island was the setting for that movie. Yes, movies can be a great boost to a region’s tourist industry, and a […]

Who needs oceans when there are so many great lakes?

Nearly everyone enjoys a trip to the ocean. The sound of the surf, the smell of the salt air, the view stretching out to the horizon. But the ocean isn’t the only place one can enjoy a water vacation. There are lakes, as well. And the Brilliant Trips website ran an interesting feature a while back on some of […]

Riel World photo – Krakow, Poland

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Krakow, Poland Cobblestoned lane and outdoor cafe just off Market Square in the center of Krakow’s Old Town.

On the American road with Paul Theroux

Are you a fan of the American travel writer Paul Theroux? Do you like road trips? Then you may appreciate this article from Smithsonian Magazine, written by Theroux and titled “Taking the Great American Road Trip.” Theroux writes about taking a cross-country road trip recently for the first time in his life, which is somewhat surprising for […]

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