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
Today is National Aviation Day, an occasion to commemorate the development ofmanmade flightin America. Franklin Rooseveltcommenced thecelebration in 1939,selecting Orville Wright’s birthday for theholiday(no word on how Wilbur felt about the snub). I was born and raised in Ohio, but I have yet to visit the Dayton historical park dedicated [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014
Weird Wanderings Category: WEIRD WANDERINGS
I used to be fairly good at speaking Italian. After my three months abroad when I was nineteen, I felt at least conversational—I could hold my own whenever I was chatting with a resident from Venice. It was great to have this skill as a traveler, because you learn so [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014
Gen Y Wanderer Category: GEN Y WANDERER
Traveling is often exciting and invigorating – who doesn’t love a break from the ordinary? – but sometimes even travelers need a pick-me-up. Yesterday was a day just like for me: I had arisen before dawn in drizzling rain to go on a drive through Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014
Global Zen Category: GLOBAL ZEN
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
I think every woman should have a blowtorch ~Julia Child Today—ironically—on what-would-have-been Julia Child’s 102nd birthday, I am writing an ode to our old stove. Because, yesterday, we bid adieu. The stove predated Big Papa’s purchase of the Urban Cabin, and was at least 11 years old, probably closer to 15. Its time [...]
Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Pampers & Pakhlava Category: PAMPERS AND PAKHLAVA
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
Who would have ever told me that some of life’s greatest, little luxuries could be found on a phone? Turns out, apps are the new-ageform of bath bubbles: you don’t need thembut they sure do make life a little nicer. For a long-term traveller or an expat abroad, apps are [...]
Wed, Aug 06, 2014
Expat Village Category: EXPAT VILLAGE
What do you think of when you think of contemporary Jamaica? I bet it’s not what Gillian Royes makes you think about in her Shad series. Shadrack Myers is a Jamaican bar tender far off the beaten tourist track in the small town of Largo Bay. Largo’s one hotel was [...]
Wed, Aug 06, 2014
WanderLit Category: WANDERLIT
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
As I mentioned in my previous post about National Tequila Day, there’s more to tequila than margaritas. Following are just a few creative concoctions that will take your taste buds on a tantalizing trip south of the border. Salud! MINTED MULE Created by Pete Vasconcellos of The Penrose in New York City; [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Wanderlush Diary Category: WANDERLUSH DIARY
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