On foot in remote Scotland

TARBERT, Scotland – I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Crocodile close calls can’t stop Nile walk

JUBA, South Sudan – Close calls with crocodiles, a brutal civil war and even the death of a fellow traveler have not deterred a British man from attempting to walk the length of the Nile River. The...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Is it safe to go in the water this summer?

When Ken Siegfried heard that the U.S. Consulate General in Hamilton, Bermuda, had issued a warning about ongoing dumping of raw sewage off the island’s south coast, he had flashbacks to a visit to...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

A firsthand look at racial divisions inside China

There are lots of things about China that are great. The food is amazing, the people are friendly and there’s thousands of years of history wherever you go. That being said, there are things about...

DATE: April 5, 2014 | COLUMN: Letter from Korla

Vegas wheel spins to record

LAS VEGAS – Tourists began taking in the view last week from a skyline-changing observation wheel that offers a unique overview of sparkling Las Vegas Strip resorts, wide skies and craggy brown...

DATE: April 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

When Death Valley comes to life

FURNACE CREEK, Calif. – The perception of Death Valley is that it’s hot and desolate. The hot part is right, at least in the summer, when Death Valley is one of the hottest places on Earth. Even in...

DATE: April 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Swimming with whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez

The Sea of Cortez is home to some of the most diverse and plentiful sea life on the North American West Coast. I have seen dorado, dolphins, flying fish, giant grey and sperm whales, manta rays...

DATE: April 5, 2014 | COLUMN: More Hands on Deck

The rural, quirky Oklahoma Panhandle

KENTON, Okla. – The Oklahoma Panhandle has never been for the faint of heart. Before becoming a part of Oklahoma Territory, this strip known as No Man’s Land was a haven for outlaws and land...

DATE: March 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

What to do when your hotel closes for renovations

After her hotel closes for renovations, Amber Sharma’s vacation package seems to fall apart. Now the online agency she booked it through won’t help her fix it. Q: I recently booked a vacation...

DATE: March 29, 2014 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

When pirates reigned

SAN DIEGO – Well, shiver me timbers, Matey. This looks like real pirate treasure. Indeed, it is. Hundreds of pieces from among 100,000 artifacts – untouched by human hands for almost 270 years –...

DATE: March 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Bliss on the beach

GUIONES, Costa Rica – A vacation to escape the cold led us to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, where we went surfing, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and even visited a dry tropical forest. Our...

DATE: March 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Boat repairs require a journey of their own

Repairing a boat in La Paz, Mexico, makes me realize how lucky we had it back in the states. Here’s my routine of late: I wake up, I eat, I fix something, I feel good, then something else breaks...

DATE: March 15, 2014 | COLUMN: More Hands on Deck

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