Tourism, It’s the People’s Business

Burmese Mother and Child - Toungoo, Myanmar

In pursuit of the iconic, sometimes we lose the people. Then we need to come back. Here are a few thoughts on the often overlooked importance of people to travel and the connection between travelers’ experiences, their spending decisions and the impact on the communities they visit.So much ink is spilled, understandably so, on the budget aspect of travel -- how … [Read more...]

It Happened In Monterey (Or, How We Met)

Dan & Audrey in Monterey, California

This is a story about finding love just when you'd sworn off looking for it.In early September, Audrey and I co-presented at a conference in Monterey, California. Monterey just also happens to be the place where we'd first met almost exactly 15 years before, where our joint approach to life on the road got its start.In the driveway, the exact spot where our … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Crete’s Arkadi Monastery

Arkadi monastery

Almost exactly one year ago, we visited the island of Crete. The "crisis" was in full tilt, demonstrations were plenty in Athens and around Greece, and we were just into the shoulder season (mid-October). It seemed like we had much of the island to ourselves, including lonely little Arkadi Monastery perched on a hill in Crete's Amari Valley.The monastery facade … [Read more...]

Vienna Travel: A Beginner’s Guide

Rathaus (Town Hall) - Vienna, Austria

This is the beginning of a multi-part series we’re calling “lost destinations” in which we highlight activities and destinations that we’ve experienced previously but haven’t written about extensively or enough apparently, for they surface often in conversation and in questions emailed to us by readers.Our first taste of Vienna came in late December 1998. We’d … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Terraced Vineyards of the Douro Valley, Portugal

douro valley

Up until our recent travels into the heart of port wine country, and despite countless glasses of the stuff under my belt, I was still tempted to consider port as a heavy drink that was quaffed by older British men with a cigar after a pot roast dinner.Then we traveled deep into the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, the epicenter of port wine. And there, things … [Read more...]

Japanese Food: From Tempura to Takoyaki

Traditional Japanese Breakfast

Japanese food, where clean eating meets culinary artistry. Where raw fish and pickled vegetables sit astride seaweed strands and tempura sculptures. Japan, the place where you can eat blowfish sashimi, octopus balls and cow rectum one evening, then follow it all up the next day with a 15-course meal that might qualify as one of the truly greatest eating experiences … [Read more...]

A Weekend Market in Paris, A Panorama

paris market

Ever go to a market expecting one thing, only to find something refreshingly different? That’s how it was with our visit to the Saturday morning market near Pont de l’Alma in Paris’ 16th arrondissement. It’s only a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysee and a handful of Paris top ten sights. Given all this, we figured the market fancy, polished, and … [Read more...]