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Getting High in Jamaica

Getting High in Jamaica I was pretty terrified. Weak knees, breath-holding terrified. I was standing on the edge of small tree platform high above the Jamaican rain forest, looking down at all the treetops. About eye level with the birds. With the forest canopy beneath me, the guides from Chukka Tours expertly snapped all the hooks and cables in place ... Read More »

Three Great Non-Travel Travel Books


Three Great Non-Travel, Travel Books Often a non-travel novel creates the vividness and depth of a town or village or city better than travel book might. But recommending a book is always tricky, so here are two recent reads and likes: In Travels with a Tangerine, Tim Mackintosh-Smith  sets out to follow the footsteps of the great Arab/Muslim traveler, Ibn ... Read More »

Top Travel Tricks

Every so often we get asked for a handful of our favorite travel tips and tricks,” so here are a few: Travel Tricks • Don’t see more than two of the same kind of thing in the same day. . Eyes and mind will blur. • Traveling with kids, let them handle the money (Euros, dollars, etc). Builds math and ... Read More »

The Madness and Joy of the Souks of Morocco


The Souks of Morocco “Play it for me, Sam. For old time’s sake. Play it again, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’” What a cast of characters they were, those bigger than life heroes from the movie classic, Casablanca. Well, even if you can’t find Rick’s Cafe Amercain, you’ll be glad you went to Morocco anyway. The Arabic for the ... Read More »

Travel Through The Theater of the Mind

Travel Through The Theater of the Mind Listen to a poor Elvis Presley talk about his daddy’s arrest and imprisonment for forging an eight dollar check to feed his hungry family. Then there’s the irrepressible Mark Twain in his always wry observations about New York, the rascals on Wall Street and how sales of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer kept ... Read More »

The Four non-Travel Travel Books I Need

Even as a travel writer, or especially as a travel writer, some of my deepest understandings of place, my most intense sense of “being” somewhere come neither from actually being there, or from reading a travel book about the destination. Often a novel about someone or an event creates the vividness and depth of a town or village or city ... Read More »

Newfoundland: Mists, Sea and Dance

Newfoundland Mists, Sea and Dance “Give us song,” the dark-haired beauty called out from the doorway of one of the many Celtic pubs and taverns in St. John’s, Newfoundland’s upbeat capital. The young men sitting around the table smiled, and the patrons hoisted drinks and called for a song. “Give us a tune,” she laughed boldly, tossing her hair carelessly. ... Read More »

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