Best travel booking sites and mobile apps

Best Travel Booking Sites and Apps (2014)

I’m a somewhat frequent traveler and have been for some time. Over the years, I’ve found many exceptional resources in terms of booking engines and planning sites. Those listed below have helped ...

Towering red rocks at Utah's Zion National Park

Four Parks in Four Days — National Parks in The American Southwest

If you had only four days to pack some adventure into your life, what would you do? And, how much adventure can one actually pack into four days? Faced with ...

Fontaine Medicis in Jardin de Luxembourg, (Luxembourg Gardens) on the Left Bank in Paris, France.

The Jewel of The Luxembourg Gardens

“Fontaine Medicis”, the jewel of the Luxembourg Gardens on the Left Bank in Paris, France. It’s one of my favorite places in one of my favorite cities.  Almost hidden from ...

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The Milky Way over Tenerife. Photo Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado via NASA APOD

Starmus: Space Geeks, Science Peeps and Travel Freaks to Meet at the Canary Islands

Niche travel has many special interests covered — food, wine, literature. I rarely ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

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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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Outdoor adventures in DC -- kayak the Potomac, hike the Shenandoah valley, bike the C&O canal, sail the Chesapeake!

Outdoor Adventures in or Near Washington, DC

My team at work is launching a spacecraft this year so I’m grounded from international travel until at least February. The good part of that is that I am able to explore my vicinity (greater Washington, DC) with a fine-tooth comb while saving pennies for my next big adventure: Antarctica! Until then, I plan to become […]

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The goddess Pandora — Zues’ beautiful, cunning, seductive yet deceitful punishment to Prometheus

Pandora’s Jar

History may have trouble fitting a square peg into a round hole, but it has no problem changing a round object into a square one. What we think of as Pandora’s box is actually a jar (Greek word “pithos”). According to Hesiod, Pandora, like Eve, was the first woman ever created. She was very beautiful, […]

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Hornitos Black Barrel -- photo by @iStefPayne

Hornitos Black Barrel; a Drink With my Father

The most memorable drinks that I’ve ever had were also an experience. I had such an experience with my father a couple of weeks ago, sitting on his deck overlooking the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. We sat as we’d done each year previously, for years and years throughout my life, looking out across the silver […]

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