Steeped in deep traditions, ringing in the new year is of the upmost importance in the land of the rising sun. It is considered one of the most auspicious days, one said to set the tone for the rest of the year to come. With rituals in abundance, the Japanese [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Ski Gypsy Category: SKI GYPSY
I’m always on the lookout for versatile gear, gear that is wearable in multiple seasons, and in multiple situations. For years, I’ve tried to find a lightweight jacket that could be my go to piece of outerwear for most occasions. The Wild MT Jacket by Fjallraven is pretty much exactly [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014
WanderDudes Category: WANDERDUDES
In all the years that I lived in New York City, home of one of the most famous New Year’s Eve parties in the world, I never had as much fun ringing in the new year there as I did the year we went to Antigua, Guatemala. Maybe it has [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Global Zen Category: GLOBAL ZEN
New Year’s Eve in the Czech Republic is known as Saint Silvester’s Day or the Feast of St. Silvester. The locals simply call it Silvestr. St. Silverster was Pope from January 31, 314 until he died on December 31, 335. In Prague, the day is full of toasts and food leading up [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
Wandering Artist Category: WANDERING ARTIST
Traveling abroad on New Year’s Eve is quite possibly one of the more exciting ways to ring in a new year—with new friends, new food, and new experiences. And how better to celebrate the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 than by taking to Vietnam for a massive party? [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
WanderSpokes Category: WANDERSPOKES
There are a lot of things that make trekking in Bhutan quite different than trekking in other countries such as nearby Nepal. In Nepal, for example, your gear is carried by porters which means you need a pack that can be carried on your (well, your Sherpa’s) back. In Bhutan, your [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
Wanderluster Category: WANDERLUSTER
For many Americans, New Year’s morning means one thing: the Tournament of Roses parade. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Pasadena, California, to line the parade route, while millions more tune in to watch the spectacle on their TVs. But in Philadelphia, another New Year’s Day parade holds sway, [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
Wanderlush Diary Category: WANDERLUSH DIARY
Pinks and blues explode over the crowds in Edinburgh’s Prince’s Street. Up north, the good folk of Aberdeenshire prepare to set alight handmade fire balls. Steak pies cook in Glasgow’s kitchens, and special cakes bake in the ovens of St. Andrews. Around the country, locals hold true to the same [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
Gone Workabout Category: GONE WORKABOUT
Christmas cookies around the world are loved by all every year. And as one of the most widely celebrated holidays, there’s a lot to choose from! And I found it interesting how many countrieshave their own variations on the same basic cookie types. Scottish Shortbread One of my favorites for the holidays, [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
WanderFood Category: WANDERFOOD
Merrymaking is almost a national pastime in Mexico, a nation rich in unique traditions and festivals, and its approach to New Year’s Eve is no different. Mexico City is at the heart of the country’s celebrations. Street festivals complete with vendors hawking traditional food and drink, live music, and fireworks [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
Uncharted Territory Category: UNCHARTED TERRITORY
Photo by Robyn Porteen Tradition runs deep on the Dingle Peninsula of Ireland, especially in Dingle Town (Daingean U Chis). With a large irish speaking population, The Dingle Peninsula was once voted by National Geographic as one of the top ten most beautiful places on earth. Time stands still here and [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014
Global Snapshots Category: GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS
Home to Transylvania, Romania is a country ideal for weird wanderers the world over. With a history steeped in the legends of Vlad the Impaler—the undeniably violentinspiration for Dracula—Romania should be on the bucket list for anyone who wants breathtaking sights and an atmospheric vibe. However,when it comes toholiday festivities, forget [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014
Weird Wanderings Category: WEIRD WANDERINGS
Just about the time when most of us are taking down our Christmas trees and packing up our ornaments for next year, Armenia is ramping up for week of holiday festivities. In Armenia, Christmas falls on January 6th and Christmas Eve is celebrated the night before, January 5. This is [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014
Pampers & Pakhlava Category: PAMPERS AND PAKHLAVA
New Year’s Eve is just a magical night in general, but certain countries have traditions that make their celebrations different and worth thinking about booking a trip for. I’ll be in Vienna on New Year’s this year, but I know a lot more about the Italian traditions and what they [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014
Gen Y Wanderer Category: GEN Y WANDERER
Do you want to dance, see a show and rock out, and really live it up on New Year’s Eve? How about eat, shop, enjoy a toboggan ride, ice skate, ski, or slide on an inner tube in the snow during the days before or after New Year’s Eve? Maybe [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014
Debby Category: DEBBYS DEPARTURES
There are few New Year’s Eve celebrations, if any, as iconic and recognizable as New York City’s – specifically theTimes Square Ball Drop. The image and tradition is so widelyknown that overa billion people world-wide tune in and join the one million honorary New Yorkers in the streets of Time [...]
Mon, Dec 15, 2014
Expat Village Category: EXPAT VILLAGE
Cusco, Peru, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known as the jumping off point to Machu Picchu, capital of the Inca Empire and home to a beautiful architectural heritage. Typically, the peak tourism season is from May to October coinciding withdrier weather, however, according to Frommer’s a visit to Peru during [...]
Mon, Dec 15, 2014
Checking In Category: CHECKING IN
Though it’s high season for the Ugly Christmas Sweater, a category near and dear to my heart, I also take pleasure in a well-made sweater that’s stylish all the time. The folks at Mountain Khakis sent me their Bridger Sweater (shown above). The company, based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, named this [...]
Sat, Dec 13, 2014
WanderChic Category: WANDERCHIC
Lounging on a pristine Caribbean beach is the picture-perfect way to ring in the New Year in my book. So when I heard about the lively, raucous New Year’s Eve party on the Caribbean island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, I quickly added that to my bucket [...]
Thu, Dec 11, 2014
Luxury Nomad Category: LUXURY NOMAD
Sandybeaches at Cancun, Mexico I attended by first TBEX conference in Cancun, Mexico this year from Sep 11 – 13th, 2014. These few days were both tremendously inspiring and exciting. I got to meet and speak with lots of amazing travel writers, photographers and people whom I had only known online [...]
Sun, Dec 07, 2014
TrailBound Category: TRAILBOUND
Fall outdoor activities in New England brought perfect conditions to test the newest hiking boot from Merrell, the Verterra Mid Waterproof. There were plenty of muddy trails to hike, damp conditions to meander and beautiful foliage to admire. Now sadly we’ve moved into Here’s a closer look at theMerrell Verterra Mid-Waterproof [...]
Sat, Dec 06, 2014
Lady Sherpa Category: LADY SHERPA
We boomer women love to travel whatever the season, don’t we? And when we do, experiential travel ranks high on our list. Adventure travel has its place. But you don’t need to heli-skidown mountain slopesor sign up for the Iditarod to engage with the local culture – unless you want [...]
Sun, Nov 30, 2014
WanderBoomer Category: WANDERBOOMER
Some people like museums, while other’s like to explore food and drink. My favourite tourist attraction has somehow become fictional movie high schools. It wasn’t something I particularly chose to be obsessed with. A couple years ago on a road trip through California I came across a name of a town [...]
Thu, Nov 27, 2014
Short Stops Category: SHORT STOPS
You know that movie, Stranger than Fiction with Emma Thompson, Will Ferrel, and Dustin Hoffman? Here’s a quick trailer if you don’t. It’s a playful look at the relationship between writers and their characters. It’s about (as Faulkner advised) killing your darlings. It’s a playful farce that experiments with tense [...]
Sun, Nov 23, 2014
WanderLit Category: WANDERLIT
Let’s face it: the airport can be a really stressful place. Whether you are late for a flight or have a 6 hour layover with absolutely nothing to do, the more options at an airport, the easier and more relaxing your journey will be. One way to spend your time and [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Spa Hopper Category: SPA HOPPER
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