Travel Planning

Look, I don't have enough ego or time to personally try every restaurant and then create a list of the BEST PLACES TO EAT IN ROME or the TOP FIVE HOTELS IN SEOUL. I mean, who says you and I like the same food? Or enjoy the same kind of lodging? For real, how is a "definitive" list even decided? I can't even tell you the best places to eat in MY OWN NEIGHBORHOOD, and I live here. These are ever-changing landscapes, fueled by opinions, hubris and sometimes ad dollars. What I can tell you, though, is how I came to choose a destination, how I narrowed down my itinerary and where I slept, ate and wandered and whether I'd recommend it or not. You can take it from there. I hope it helps you with your travel planning!

Buda or Pest? Buda, hilly and regal, provides a spectacular backdrop for walks along the Danube. On the Buda side, the golden Castle glows like a crown on the...

When I was 21, one of my best friends moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Austin, Texas. After my first to Hamilton Pool, Sixth Street and eating burritos the...

“I love this flight!” Doug, our guide, pats his pocket. “I don’t have to check my Swiss Army knife AND we get to drive right up to the...

Somewhat like what I image an Inuit fever dream to resemble, a blur of thick whitish fur swam past me and then up and over my head. For a moment, two huge,...

“I've never heard that before, that it was someone's dream to come to Halifax.” Jenn, my server at The Five Fisherman looked at me with bemusement. As a...

“I just called a guy to put on his bear suit.” Such is the sense of humor of Derek, our guide tonight to watch black bears in their natural Canadian...

Quebec City, and more specifically Vieux-Québec (Old Town Quebec), is a portal direct to historic Europe. It’s classically beautiful, poised, and beguiling....

Montreal is what I call one of those “lifestyle cities,” like Los Angeles or Milan. It’s not flash-bam “tourists do all of these things NOW!” out of...

Midnight sun and temperate weather are excellent reasons to visit Iceland during its summers. Though I would like to offer that there’s magic in this Nordic...

My trip to Philly was short and mostly work-filled. I was lucky enough to be part of BlogHouse, a yearly travel blogging workshop, which was hosted by Visit...

Before I left to traipse across the Eurasian steppe, my bigger task was figuring out how the heck to prepare for a trip to Mongolia. I had to pack for the...

If you've been considering travel to Nicaragua, or are looking for ideas about what to do in Nicaragua, here is my rundown of exactly how I chose this...