Summer Getaway: Ithaca and the Finger Lakes - May 29, 2010 08:00 AM
In western New York state, a wealth of natural features and thriving cultural life offer visitors an unmatched mix of options. The Ithaca area boasts relaxing waterfalls and a bustling downtown scene, while wine trails lead oenophiles around clear blue Finger Lakes, dotted with sail boats and contented locals.
Inspired by Earth Day, Nature-Focused Volunteer Vacations - April 22, 2009 07:00 AM
Earth Day is just one day, but its message of environmental awareness is something we’d all benefit from remembering throughout the year. For those eager to dip a toe in the volunteer vacation pool, there are a variety of eco-focused opportunities that can help you commemorate Earth Day
Travel Tales: Glendalough - March 19, 2009 01:40 PM
In my early teens, our extended family vacationed in Ireland. The second day there, we visited Glendalough National Park in County Wicklow. We were tired from the flight and I didn’t understand why it was so important to go there. Little did I know that it would be one of the best days of my life.
Travel Tale: Washington, D.C. - October 08, 2008 12:30 AM
My first trip to D.C. as an adult was a spontaneous offshoot of a journey between Philadelphia and Baltimore. I was with two friends, it was the dead of winter and we all had the same idea: to seek refuge in our nation’s capital.
Travel Tale: The Beartooth Highway and Sunlight Basin - September 23, 2008 12:30 AM
When my family gets a hankering for some trout, a fishing trip is usually in order. And as far as we’re concerned, there’s no other place to fish than in Wyoming’s Sunlight Basin.
Travel Tale: Mombasa, Kenya - September 09, 2008 12:30 AM
As I stepped off an airplane at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya, I immediately felt the African breeze and the distinct feeling of stepping into another world. After traveling for over 24 hours across three continents, I eagerly anticipated the adventures that lay ahead, and took a moment to take in the fact that I was on the other side of the earth.
Travel Tales: The Adirondack Mountains - August 19, 2008 12:30 AM
When I was growing up, going on vacation meant going camping, period. And growing up in central New York state meant the Adirondack Mountains were a regular destination. So when I got married near my hometown in June, the idea of a quick honeymoon in the mountains of my childhood filled me with nostalgia. Luckily, the rugged Adirondacks held enough appeal to charm my new husband, too.
Travel Tales: Guatemala - August 12, 2008 12:30 AM
When I entered Guatemala from Mexico on a luxurious, overly air-conditioned bus, my sheltered American self thought, “Guatemala can’t be much different from Mexico.” After passing through customs, I hopped on another bus: an old U.S. school bus brightly painted in red and turquoise with “Jesus es el Señor” emblazoned across the side. As the driver sped out of the parking lot, rosary beads swung wildly from the rearview mirror. Things were about to get very different.
Travel Tales: The Oregon Coast - August 05, 2008 12:30 AM
For an extended summer, May through September, I was lucky enough to call Oregon home, and I’ve yet to find a place that matches the Pacific Northwest state’s majestic coastline.
Travel Tales: Costa Rica - July 29, 2008 12:30 AM
When my dear friend and fellow “single gal in San Francisco” left the city to teach English in San Jose, Costa Rica, I was inspired by her independence and sense of adventure. I was also a recently dumped woman. How better to nurse my bruised ego than to visit an old friend and confidante in Costa Rica? I set off, determined to simply lounge on the beach by day and shake my booty by night, goals which turned out to be easily attainable.
Travel Tale: Cyprus - July 22, 2008 12:30 AM
Rich with thousands of years of history, but divided by two cultures, Cyprus is really two islands in one, both breathtaking in distinct ways.
Travel Tale: London - July 15, 2008 12:30 AM
The 10 years that I spent as an American living in London felt like one long holiday.
Travel Tales: The Hamptons - July 10, 2008 12:30 AM
Located in Long Island’s South Fork, the Hamptons is a classic country setting coupled with a sophisticated mood, and is the type of place that seems to perpetually outdo itself. With a mass influx of visitors showing up in May and lingering on through September, the Hamptons is a playground for opulent Manhattanites and jet-setters, as well as a mecca for regular beachgoers who long to escape.
Travel Tales: Havana - July 08, 2008 12:30 AM
Seeing the documentary “Buena Vista Social Club,” first piqued my interest in Cuba: the music, the architecture and the personalities depicted in the film took my breath away. But it wasn’t until I was traveling in Mexico and met a feisty Englishman that I seriously considered going there. “You’re from the Land of the Free, but you’re not free to go to Cuba!” he pointed out. That’s all it took: I was going to Cuba.
Travel Tales: Thailand - June 26, 2008 12:30 AM
Four days before Christmas, I was in Southeast Asia, far from my snowy Connecticut home. My traveling partner and I decided the best way to deal with the Christmas songs that made us long for home (“I’ll be Home for Christmas” and yeah, I’ll admit it, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas”) was to head to Thailand, soak in the sun and revel in the beauty and quiet of the beaches in the Land of Smiles.
Travel Tale: Morocco in Three Steps - June 24, 2008 12:30 AM
Morocco has a legacy of geographic and ethnic diversity, making this western-most representative of the Middle East a fitting gateway for the masses that drift south from Europe each year. Rich in history, with cultural contributions from the Phoenicians and Romans, and more recently the French, Portuguese and Spanish, Morocco has been an ever-changing patchwork of ethnicity, custom and tradition.
Travel Tales: Yellowstone National Park - June 19, 2008 12:30 AM
Anyone who’s spent substantial time in Montana, Wyoming or Idaho will probably tell you they’ve been to Yellowstone Park more times than they can count. (At least, that’s the case for me.) My family has seen the park from all of its beautiful entrances, and we’ve loved every view we’ve ever had. Something about the park, whether the natural features, wildlife or people, is different every time we go.
Travel Tales: Rio de Janeiro - June 17, 2008 12:30 AM
In 1976, my grandparents hosted Geisa, a foreign exchange student from Brazil. I was seven years old at the time, and took great pains to correct her when she mispronounced English words. Nearly 30 years later, my grandmother was still exchanging letters with Geisa, and gave me her e-mail address. When Geisa invited me to her home in Rio de Janeiro, I wasted no time booking my flight.
Travel Tales: Napa Valley - June 12, 2008 12:30 AM
I went to college only 40 minutes from the Napa Valley but it took me two years to finally visit. I stumbled upon it the way some of the most extraordinary discoveries are made—by taking a wrong turn. The sight of the region’s plush terra firma drew me in and I couldn’t turn back. Every visit thereafter confirmed this: the Napa Valley is a visual symphony in its own right, and simply put, an overture to paradise.
Travel Tales: New Orleans - June 10, 2008 12:30 AM
I spent a long, hot summer in New Orleans once. Three months was long enough to make me feel that I’d experienced more than a tourist could, but short enough to keep me coming back again and again. Famed for Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras, the Crescent City is so much more. Let me try my hand at some Southern hospitality and guide you out of the French Quarter and into the mysterious sway of my New Orleans.
Travel Tales: Italy - June 03, 2008 12:30 AM
As my 25th birthday approached, I found myself in the throes of a quarter-life crisis. I decided that a trip to Italy would cheer me up, and I was right. Fresh pizza, stunning artwork and the realization that life expectancy in ancient Rome was only 35 soon had me living la dolce vita in Rome, Florence and Siena.
Travel Tales: Seattle - May 27, 2008 12:30 AM
Seattle, Washington, is a fortress, protected by the serrated Olympic Mountains, the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range and snowcapped Mount Rainier. Some refer to it as the Emerald City; I refer to it as “a diamond in the rough.” I’ve been visiting Seattle since I was an infant, and at 9 years old, while running around in Union Square warding off pigeons and making my way through the crowds, it hit me—I was in love with a city.
Travel Tales: Edinburgh - May 19, 2008 12:20 AM
Edinburgh was one of the first cities I visited while on my own in college. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful old city and the Scottish countryside. Both times I visited Edinburgh I traveled by way of London’s Heathrow airport and the train from King’s Cross station. The four-hour trip gave me an opportunity to see the beautiful British countryside.
Travel Tales: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon - May 19, 2008 12:03 AM
Situated on the banks of the Columbia River, in the shadow of the Bridge of the Gods, is a glorified cafeteria called Char Burger—a symbol of my youth. Although its cuisine was nothing extraordinary, its décor, a combination of authentic and knock-off American Indian artifacts, had a lot of flavor. A stop at Char Burger became my family’s raison d'être, marking the end of our summer evening drives down the coiled Columbia River Highway.
Travel Tales: Glacier National Park - May 13, 2008 12:20 AM
by Jennifer O’Neill
Glacier National Park, known as the “Switzerland of North America,” offers a glimpse into America’s unspoiled natural past. Designated a National Park in 1910, Glacier has elevations ranging from 3,150 to 10,466 feet, and features stunning views from its myriad roads and hiking paths. Bears make a living in the park’s waters and moose roam leisurely through nearby towns. Whether you’re an adventurer, historian or a laid-back observer, you’ll find something that fits your personality in this park.
Travel Tales: Spain - April 28, 2008 12:20 AM
I’d reached my 21st birthday without ever visiting Europe, so when a friend who was abroad in London emailed me to see if I wanted to go backpacking in Spain, I figured I had nothing to lose. (At the time, the dollar wasn’t doing as badly.) Our plan was to hit Madrid, Seville, Granada and Barcelona in 11 days of travel and to pack in as much art and wine as possible.
Travel Tales: Yap, Micronesia - April 24, 2008 12:20 AM
Located a thousand miles from anywhere you’ve ever heard of, the island of Yap is a remote outpost of forest, swamp and steep coral walls, set beneath the most stunning Pacific sunsets you are ever likely to witness. Though the outside world grows closer with each passing year, Yap’s beautiful isolation remains: a rest stop on the way to nowhere.
Travel Tales: Hiking New Zealand - March 28, 2008 01:20 AM
After graduating from college, I called the islands of New Zealand home for seven months. It was a time defined by apples, glaciers, beards, backpacks, mountains, beaches and unforgettable images and memories. It took me from Auckland to Christchurch, Wanaka to Oban, Wellington to Napier, and to all parts in between.
Travel Tales: Burgazada, Turkey - March 27, 2008 01:20 AM
A ferry ride away from the frenetic bustle of Istanbul, the Princes’ Islands lie in the Sea of Marmara, a haven where cars are banned and life moves at a top speed of 10 kilometers per hour. The archipelago has hosted Byzantine-era prisoners, monks, Leon Trotsky and Marc Chagall.
Travel Tales: U.S. Virgin Islands - March 26, 2008 01:20 AM
It’s been almost four years since we first visited the U.S. Virgin Islands. At the time, my husband thought it would be the perfect place for a relaxing, secluded honeymoon, and he was right.