Offbeat Treks: 11 Hikes You’re Not Considering…But Should

Audrey descends from the highest peak in Kosovo - Mount Gjeravica. Peaks of the Balkans trek.

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -- John MuirWhen we first set out on our journey years ago, treks -- especially of the long, multi-day variety -- weren't a priority on our activity list. Sure we enjoyed hikes and walks, but trekking wasn't something we actively sought out. … [Read more...]

The Lost City Trek, Colombia: All You Need to Know

Reaching Teyuna, the Lost City. Colombia

We were out of breath, having just climbed 1,200 stone steps when Celso, our indigenous guide, called for us to join him around a group of stones arranged in a circle in a clearing. In the middle of the circle stood another square stone on top of which lay a pile of coca leaves placed as an offering. Celso explained with trademark calm in a slow, deliberate voice, … [Read more...]

Travel to Colombia: First Impressions

Hiking along the ancient Camino Real to reach Guane, a cute colonial village in the hills of Santander. Colombia.

Call it my imagination. While I looked forward to our visit to Colombia, I harbored the occasional image of thuggy bush-mustached Colombian narco-gangsters and aggressive gold cap-toothed street thieves shaking me down in the back shadows of Bogota or Medellin. (Yes, I realize I’ve probably watched one too many bad airplane movies.)Colombia, thankfully, was … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]