My home away from home — Girona and Costa Brava

I’d have to go back and actually count up the number of posts, but I think there is a fair chance that the place I have written about the most in the last few years has been the Costa Brava region of Spain. This has become a bit of a second home for me and [...]
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Tips and advice for better landscape photos

Your Best Landscape Photos
Great landscape pictures all have two big things in common: A scenic location Good light Sounds easy, but landscape photography is rife with challenges. You’ve got to find a scenic place to begin with. This can be hard when you’re traveling in a new place. You’ll have to find the good light. This takes planning and a bit of luck. You’ll need to bring [...]
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Travel hacking for non-Americans

The South Island of New Zealand.
Travel hacking is extremely easy and common in the United States. In our previous articles on travel rewards programs, a common comment has been the need for more information specific to non-Americans. In this month’s article, we’ll tackle the topic of travel hacking for non-Americans. To be sure, the travel hacking game is a lot [...]
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5 undeniable truths of adventure travel

Ah, adventure travel. It’s a bit of a buzzword in the travel community these days. Everybody thinks they want it. That is, until they have it. What’s that famous quote — “adventures are only fun in retrospect,” or something like that? I don’t necessarily think that’s true — some adventures can be a lot of [...]
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What to do with 7 days on Maui (#1 is the most important)

There are so many things to keep you busy on Maui; choosing what to do depends on your interests. If we only had seven days, this is how we would spend them. 1. Relax Isn’t that the reason you flew to this island in the middle of the ocean? With only seven days, you definitely [...]
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When cultural understanding is just racial profiling

When people ask me why I like to travel, the first thing that comes to mind is that I feel the need to understand more of the world around us — particularly its people, and what makes us similar or different from one another. I’ve spent an aerobically reprehensible amount of time watching cultural and [...]
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Hideaway Luxury in Mainland Vietnam

I arrived at the Princess D’An Nam after a few weeks of solo travel on a sojourn through Southeast Asia. I was well within the throes of gastroenteritis, having picked it up at a roadside food stall somewhere between Nha Trang and Dalat on a motorcycle tour of the central highlands of Vietnam. Anyone who [...]
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Guide to swimming with whale sharks in Western Australia

Swimming with whale sharks is one of those unforgettable experiences that you must do at least once in your lifetime. It is impossible to comprehend their size until you are in the water next to them. These gentle giants are the largest fish in the world, and although their mouths have a diameter of up [...]
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The Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

The Sofitel Los Angeles, located right in the heart of Beverly Hills, is simply a wonderful hotel. Location, service, the [...]


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