Antarctica, Beyond the Circle (A Panorama)

detaille island antarctica

Antarctica, uninhabitable in the truest sense of the word. No human can survive it naturally. So what is it that draws us in, makes us want to visit, explore, push the boundaries, and place it on the bucket list?Open up the panorama below from Detaille Island, just south of the Antarctic Circle, for a clue. … [Read more...]

Travel and Your Values: The Power of Deliberate Spending

Responsible Travel

A few dollars here, a few dollars there. Does how you spend your money when you travel really matter? Is it possible to align your travel approach and spending decisions with your values?In the first part of this series, The Importance of People in Travel, we explored the relationship between people and the travel experience and we spoke of serendipity and human … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Early Morning in a Sikkim Mountain Village

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Dawn breaks in a village above holy Lake Khecheopalri in Sikkim, a semi-autonomous state of northeast India tucked into the Himalayas. In the early morning, children stumble half asleep through the village to the Buddhist monastery school as the sun rises over the nearby mountains. Our reason for rising early on the morning this photo was taken: to grab a glimpse of … [Read more...]

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...]