Bi-Rite organic grocery in San Francisco's Mission District.

5 Smart, Free Ways to Change the Way You Cook

Hit the specialty stores. One day at Hana Japanese market in DC, I found myself loading up on ingredients that I either don’t normally use or cannot find at my regular ...

Eduardo Kobra's mural from High Line depicting famous photograph 'V-J Day in Times Square' c. August 14, 1945.

I [Heart] New York

I love New York. Even Times Square. Even the fact that I can’t wear flip flops without my feet turning black. I love the 40$ salads, the scaffolding on every block, ...

The mountain god (or Apu), Salcantay

The Other Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Nevado Salcantay

If you are an adventurer, chances are that you either dream of hiking, or have hiked, the famous Inca Trail. Did you know, though, that there are many “Inca Trails”— ...

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The Amazon Rainforest in Peru

The Pleasures and the Pains of the Amazon Rainforest

When you ask a traveler where in the world they’d like go ...
The dunes at Dead Vlei in the Namib Desert, Namibia

The Thunderous Roar of Deafening Silence — Sounds From the World’s Oldest Desert

I hadn’t heard such a silence as far back as I could ...
Hadza warriors of East Africa

A Tale of Three Tribes: the Maasai, the Hadza Warriors and the Totoga “Tree People” of East Africa

As a child, I favored field trips to lesson plans. As a ...
The Holy Trinity Monastery in Sergiev Posad, Russia — under restoration in 2013

Traveling Photographer? Sightseeing? Research Restoration Projects in Advance

The photo that makes the cover of a guidebook serves two purposes: ...
Waterfall at Plitvice Lakes in Central Dalmatia

Where to go in Croatia (and 12 Reasons to Love Dalmatia…)

Croatia is easily one of my favorite places on Earth, and I ...
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ancient Cities: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar is a very special place — a small pocket in western ...

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The Best Movies about Travel and Adventure (Pictured: City of God)

The 70 Best Travel and Adventure Themed Movies of All Time

(Last updated January 25, 2014 – sign up to receive updates by email) There are a lot of “Best Travel Movie” lists out there on the web. And there are a lot of epic travel movies to love. The intention of this list is to dive farther than the most popular and deeper than the […]

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Real Joe: Greek Coffee

Real Joe: Greek Coffee

A short background, facts and fables, and how to make traditional Greek coffee. The Mediterranean is known for long, lingering meals — a tradition dating back to the Ancient Greeks. Early recordings storied feasts — appetizers of olives, figs, cheese or dried fish; main courses, pastas and desserts and wines — that would start in the morning […]

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A translation of Pinterest to real life // by @iStefPayne

Pin-speration! A Real-Life Translation of Using Pinterest

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Belated Birthday to You, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We are celebrating birthdays this week. On Sunday, we celebrated the 126th birthday of The National Geographic Society. On this day in 1929, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta (the federal holiday always falls on the 3rd Monday of January – this year, January 21st.) We all know King as the king of nonviolent activism during the American civil […]

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Seahawks, 12th Man -- image credit: www.mauricephoto.com

Ode to the Seahawks by a Girl From Seattle

My first memories of being a Seattle Seahawks fan is going to games at the Kingdome when there was still a Kingdome. My father took me — we ate sandwiches in the rain not caring how soggy they were and wore jerseys that would now be considered vintage. (Thanks dad!) Over the years, I recall game days, […]

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The Psychology of Color -- By Carey Jolliffe #designer

The Psychology of Color (Infograph)

  Reprint: Carey Jolliffe // Denver

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Mostar, Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina — Image Gallery

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The art of Space Invader on The Triple Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Art of Space Invader Came Out of Nowhere…

Went to Slovenia. Met the man in the city, dropped off the bags, headed downtown on foot for coffee and what do I see? Atari man by Space Invader, hooray! I had just watched Exit Through the Giftshop (again) a couple of days prior, and I had taken with me from it a new rush of […]

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The Willard Hotel lobby viewed from a balcony, c. 1904 | Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston, courtesy LOC image collection

One of DC’s Great Urban Myths: The Origin of the Term “Lobbying”

Without a doubt, one of the best-known historic landmarks in the US Capitol City is the Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue — the walls hold a lot of secrets. It is also the backdrop of one of the great legends of Washington, DC. As the story goes, the political term “to lobby” was coined in the […]

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