Haitian Food: From Pwason to Pikliz

Haitian Chicken with Cashew Nuts - Cap-Haïtien, Haiti 

Before recently traveling to Haiti, I had little concept of Haitian food. Sure, I had a sense of what it could be: island-informed, African-influenced, of Caribbean character, maybe even a hint of French. As with the country's language, Haitian food has a sense of the Crèole, that is a blend of influences. Mixed roots and spices, basic yet zippy, simple and grounded … [Read more...]

8 Ways Empathy Can Improve Your Travels…And Your Life

Empathy

On your next trip, don’t forget to pack your empathy.Whether on stage or on the page, I often assert that, "travel can not only improve each of our lives, but it can also make the world a better place.” I suggest this instinctively, but then I have to step back and ask myself, “Well, how exactly does travel do that? … [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...]

Bassin-Bleu Waterfall — Jacmel, Haiti [360-Degree Panorama]

Bassin-Bleu Waterfall - Jacmel, Haiti

Life is a continual exercise in expectation management. Witness our journey to the Bassin-Bleu waterfall outside of Jacmel in southern Haiti.Haiti, it turns out, possesses quite a many blue pools, all quite aptly if not unimaginatively named Bassin-Bleu or “blue pool.” The most famous of these, pictured below, is outside the town of Jacmel. If all the photos of … [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...]

A Maasai Circumcision After-Party [VIDEO]

Maasai warriors

“There’s a circumcision party in a nearby Maasai village. Mela is inviting us to join her. Do you want to go?” Kisioki asked in the sort of unassuming manner one might use to ask a friend to a new restaurant around the corner for lunch.Circumcision party?After repeating the phrase and looking at my shoes, I ruminated on this concept, turning my knees inward … [Read more...]