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In the footsteps of the Mayans on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Chichen Itza

The Mayan culture that reached its peak in the late first millennium had not only a written language, but also very impressive architecture and well-developed systems of math and astronomy. The cities of the Mayan world stretched across much of what is now southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.

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.

Road trip through the wonders of California’s Central Coast

Big Sur

It’s true that Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco get much of the attention, but don’t dismiss California’s Central Coast as a travel destination. The region has an abundance of natural wonders and you can piece together quite an enjoyable road trip there. It’s not an exaggeration to say the 280-mile journey from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful drives in the country.

Soccer cultures of the World Cup

soccer ball

As World Cup soccer action heats up, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the varied playing styles of different countries, particularly if you have an interest in cross-cultural topics. That’s because these differences are more than just tactical choices – in many cases, they’re actually a window into each nation’s culture.

Riel World photo – Hanoi, Vietnam

hanoi traffic

A typical traffic scene in Hanoi, Vietnam – a non-stop flow of vehicles, especially motorbikes.

Ancient ruins tour of the Americas: from Aztecs to Zapotecs in Mexico

Tula Mexico

The Americas are awash in the ruins of ancient civilizations. So if you’re looking for a career break journey with a theme, one option to consider is an “ancient ruins tour of the Americas.” Although some of the Mayan sites on the Yucatan Peninsula are justly famous, they only scratch the surface of the Indian ruins that are scattered throughout Mexico.

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.

Seven great U.S. hiking trails – in the middle of the city

Central Park

There is no shortage of great hiking trails in North America, from day strolls along coastlines to extended treks through mountain paths. But what many people don’t consider are the equally remarkable walking trails that exist within cities.

Three months in India for a family of four

Taj Mahal

India for three months: with two young sons, aged eight and six. Are you up for it? Michael Booth and his wife were. And, in an enlightening article for the London Times, he explained how this trip was a life-changing adventure for his family.

Riel World photo – Dahab, Egypt

cafe in Dahab, Egypt

Dahab, Egypt A seaside cafe in the Red Sea town of Dahab, Egypt, on the east coast of the Sinai Peninsula.

Chinese education, American education

chinese school

There are many differences in the educational systems of various countries. One of the largest gaps is between the Western and Asian styles of teaching and learning. Those differences were on display again in a recent story about Chinese guest teachers in the United States.

What are the world’s most beautiful drives?

amalfi coast

There is no shortage of contenders in this category, as there are countless jaw-droppingly beautiful drives in the world. But the website GotSaga recently took a shot at coming up with a list of some of the world’s most beautiful roads.

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