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...]

Traveling, Working, and Staying Together on the Road: Our Story

Dan Audrey

Last year, we were asked by BBC Travel to share the story of how we — as a married couple — quit our jobs to travel the world. The editors asked that we focus on the decisions we made together and offer some tips and advice for traveling couples and others considering making the leap. They requested also that our perspective reflect not only the highs of our journey, … [Read more...]

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...]