Having been consumed with a sudden interest in medieval Italy, I found myself reading The Prince, Machiavelli’s political work of instruction for a new ruler advising him to be successful through cunning and ruthlessness. When suddenly it hit me… Niccolò Machiavelli was a lot like Ned Stark. Yes- the honorable [...]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
WanderLit Category: WANDERLIT
Attention Seattleites (and visitors to the Emerald City this weekend): Hop on over to the CD (Central District) for the 2nd annual Hopscotch CD event. August 23, 2014 9-6. Between Jackson and Union. 2.9 miles of hopscotch fun! Yesterday I watched as the temporary path was laid down by volunteers before [...]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Pampers & Pakhlava Category: PAMPERS AND PAKHLAVA
No genre of films and literature is as much maligned as horror. Conversely, few genres have such a devoted audience, so in the end, things probably even out. And if you ever wondered about the dedication of horror fans, look no further than the ubiquitoushorror conventions. Almost every major city [...]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Weird Wanderings Category: WEIRD WANDERINGS
Cooking with alcohol is nothing new. From vodka sauce to tequila-marinated chicken to bourbon balls, spirits have long held a prominent place in the kitchen. I’ve even been known to add a little booze to my meals to give them that extra ‘oomph.’ I also love peppers. A Mexican meal—my favorite, [...]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Wanderlush Diary Category: WANDERLUSH DIARY
The only thing that can compete with the experience of traveling is reading about it! As an avid reader, one of my favorite pastimes is to curl up with a book—before I had the freedom to explore new places, reading was a way for me to visit foreign cultures and [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Gen Y Wanderer Category: GEN Y WANDERER
Moving kids abroad is like movinga kangaroo to New Jersey – I’m sure it would eventually adapt but it’s gonna take some time because, well, kangaroos know nothing about the Jersey Shore or fist pumping or driving on the Parkway. I’m sure akangaroo from Down Under would like living in [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Expat Village Category: EXPAT VILLAGE
Sleep is one of our body’s most important functions. According to experts, our bodies can repair cells most rapidly during sleep, in addition to a myriad of other health benefits. In Arianna Huffington’s most recent book,Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Global Zen Category: GLOBAL ZEN
Part 2 of my journey through the Highway 1 Discovery Route began in the wonderful little town of Cambria. This ocean side town boasts a plethora of restaurants, gift shops and art galleries. I stayed at the fabulous Olallieberry Inn a charming B&B located right on Main St. The house is [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014
WanderFood Category: WANDERFOOD
While this winter’s polar vortex would have broken a less hearty demographic, the people of Minnesota emerged from the deep freeze and have been rewarded with an absolutely splendid summer season. I was reminded on a recent visit why the summer months are a great time to visit the twin cities [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014
Luxury Nomad Category: LUXURY NOMAD
Sunrise views, pristine grooming and many, many espressos is how I will remember Cardrona Ski Resortin New Zealand. It was a rare solo ski excursionat this South Island gem; not a bad location for a contemplative day. As with most Kiwi resorts, snow can be a little touch-and-go, so it [...]
Sat, Aug 16, 2014
Ski Gypsy Category: SKI GYPSY
It is a rare occasion that I can be convinced to knowingly participate in an activity that is strictly for “exercise”. Don’t get me wrong I love being active, as long as I don’t realize that is what is happening and I am actually just having fun. Last week on [...]
Thu, Aug 14, 2014
Short Stops Category: SHORT STOPS
We were on our third day of walking in the Cotswolds when I realized how big the trees were. Now, I’ve seen plenty of big trees in my life before – I hike in the mountains where there are forests of trees; I’ve seen the Redwoods in California; and we [...]
Thu, Aug 14, 2014
Debby Category: DEBBYS DEPARTURES
Last week I flew out to Outdoor Retailer, the largest outdoor gear manufacturer’s trade show in the country. It was a complete blast, and I have to offer up the fivethingsI’m most excited about this season! 1. Iceshoot This might seem silly, but when you are standing in a puddle in someone [...]
Tue, Aug 12, 2014
WanderSpokes Category: WANDERSPOKES
Statue in Cozumel Gargoyles, Grotesques and Sculptures I have always had a great fascination of carved figures on buildings and in parks around the world. Including them in my city wanderings is usually a plan and I am always anxious to see what creatures I can discover. Gargoyles, grotesques and creature carvings [...]
Sun, Aug 10, 2014
Global Snapshots Category: GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS
As a travel journalist, I am constantly traveling to new places. I recently got back from a trip that consisted of eight different cities in the US over 25 days. You can imagine, in the summertime, I was traveling from hot and humid to cool and dry within the span [...]
Sun, Aug 10, 2014
Spa Hopper Category: SPA HOPPER
As I write this, I’m literally sitting at the airport getting ready to leave for Papua New Guinea to lead one of our WanderTours to the Mt. Hagen SingSing. PNG is one of my very favorite destinations because it is so crazy diverse. There are approximately 850 tribes in the country. The [...]
Fri, Aug 08, 2014
Wanderluster Category: WANDERLUSTER
I’ve been in one of those ruts lately. You know the kind I mean, don’t you? The kind of rut when you look in your closet right before you pack for your next trip, then whine: “I never have anything to wear!” Yeah, that kind of rut. The kind that [...]
Fri, Aug 08, 2014
WanderBoomer Category: WANDERBOOMER
As I mentioned last summer, in an earlier review, I love Vasque boots. For me, they are one of the most comfortable pair of hiking boots I’ve ever worn. My wife has been hiking in the same pair of Vasque boots for almost fifteen years. They are a company that [...]
Thu, Aug 07, 2014
WanderDudes Category: WANDERDUDES
It’s one thing to love a pair of pants. It’s quite another thing to find pants that love you back. Recently the folks at Anatomie sent me their Skyler Skinny Pants in dark grey (like those shown above. Those are not my abs, though I would order those if I could.) [...]
Thu, Aug 07, 2014
WanderChic Category: WANDERCHIC
To better help you find and purchase an international travel insurance policy that meets your working holiday plans, we’ve explored: the ins and outs of international travel insurance and how to buy international travel insurance. Now, you’ve asked “What travel insurance company should I use?” I’ve taken your #workingholidayworries to other [...]
Wed, Aug 06, 2014
Gone Workabout Category: GONE WORKABOUT
I’ve been on the road now for almost a month, with only one bag to cover a wide range of climates and activities. I didn’t want to use a rolling suitcase as I knew I’d be “off-roading” it more often than not. This has been an excellent opportunity to test [...]
Fri, Aug 01, 2014
Lady Sherpa Category: LADY SHERPA
Hiking in Rancho San Antonio A fine summer day dawned this weekend. We didn’t have plans but wanted to be outdoors to enjoy the brilliant sunshine. What better ideathan to head to the nearest open space preserve and hike its many trails? Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve is very popular [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
TrailBound Category: TRAILBOUND
Last weekend we took a spontaneous road trip to Port Aransas, Texas. My family made yearly summer trips to Port Aransas throughout my childhood. As an adult, I’ve only been back a few times, but each time has been beautiful. This time, however, was absolutely devastating. The beach was covered in [...]
Sat, Jul 26, 2014
Wandering Artist Category: WANDERING ARTIST
It’s no Kim Kardashian: HollywoodbutSmarty Pins from Google Maps is addicting. It’s a geography trivia game that you can play on your desktop or the Google Maps app on your phone.Addicting, fun and, sorry Kim, educational. Smarty Pinsasks a series of questions and allows you to drop a pin to answer. [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Checking In Category: CHECKING IN
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