Next Up: Exploring Colombia and Finding The Lost City

Cartagena

We're headed to Colombia tomorrow. We're off to see a country we were supposed to visit five years ago. We'll be on the trail for Colombian culture -- from the Andes to the Pacific to the Caribbean -- and to find The Lost City along the way. Colombia. It's one of the countries that got away during the 15 months we traveled through Latin America a few years ago. … [Read more...]

Switzerland by Train: A Mother-Daughter Journey

The Bernina Express train goes over the Bernina Pass, Switzerland.

This is the story of why I went to Switzerland with my mom. It’s also a handy little Switzerland-by-train itinerary with recommendations and tips along the way.“Isn't it hard to have your daughter so far away?” Angie, my mom’s friend from Basel, asked during our visit there. "Sure, but it's kind of in the family. It actually began with my grandmother. She was … [Read more...]

A Train Too Far? A Day Trip to Poland

Audrey Photographs the Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin, Pol

This is a story about going to Poland for the day, and the joy of deliberately infusing adventures into our everyday lives.Two large Tyskie beers kept us company as we waited for pierogies, savory Polish dumplings, to arrive at our table at a brewery restaurant in Szczecin, a town near the Polish-German border. Only hours before, we had been having breakfast in … [Read more...]

Haiti Trekking: A Beginner’s Guide

Haiti trekking

The sounds of konpa, Haiti’s version of merengue meets jazz, floated from the kitchen to our spot on the front porch. We sat around a large wooden dining table, fleece jackets zipped up, our hands cupped around mugs of Haitian hot chocolate flavored with star anise, cinnamon, and Haitian bergamot lime rind. It was impossible not to be caught up in the unexpected … [Read more...]

How Street Food is the Ultimate Travel Guide: 40 Favorite Street Food Dishes

Thai Street Food

If it’s only food porn you seek, go here. Otherwise, if you enjoy elaborate threads linking travel satisfaction and street eats, read on.Food and travel, one of life’s great experience intersections. Although we enjoy our share of refined cuisine and elaborate meals at restaurants, it’s often our street food quests — raw on-the-ground journeys that convey … [Read more...]

Our Offbeat Hot List: 8 Destinations You’re Not Considering…But Should

The Long Walk Home

There are plenty of "2015 Hot Travel Destination" lists circulating, even though the dust has settled a bit on looks forward. As we field questions about our own favorite destinations, most memorable experiences and where we recommend people to travel this year, we thought we’d add a twist to the traditional 2015 travel lists and share some places that might not be on … [Read more...]

Travel to Haiti: First Impressions

Fishing Boats at Pointe Sable - Port Salut, Haiti

Haiti. It’s a country that most people today still associate with earthquakes, coups, and unrest – a sort of irretrievable chaos. Before traveling to Haiti, we knew very little about the country. Even after performing our own research -- let’s face it, there’s little information on Haiti beyond the headline news – we weren’t quite certain what we would find, … [Read more...]

Next Up: Exploring Haiti

Waterfalls of Bassin Bleu near Jacmel.

Why we’re going to Haiti later this week. A view to a different side of the country, including its re-emergence -- and we hope, a path to sustainable tourism development. It’s also about our pursuit of Haitian culture, landscape and cuisine – and the unknown. … [Read more...]

Uganda Beyond the Gorillas: From Boda Boda to Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi

While mountain gorilla trekking is the big draw and anchor experience for many people visiting Uganda, the country offers a lot more in terms of atmosphere and experiences. Prior to our trip to Uganda, we’d heard from other travelers that the country was among their favorites in Africa due to its friendly people and laid-back feel. Beyond the critical human element, … [Read more...]