Bruce Northam

About Bruce Northam

Bruce Northam is the author of THE DIRECTIONS TO HAPPINESS: A 135-Country Quest for Life Lessons. He also created American Detour, a show revealing the travel writer’s journey. His keynote speech, Directions to Your Destination, reveals the many shades of the travel industry and how to entice travelers. Northam’s other live presentation, Street Anthropology, is an ode to freestyle wandering. Visit AmericanDetour.com.

A unified tourism model in Southeast Asia? Takeaways from ASEAN’s 34th ATF in Myanmar

Kyaik Htee Yoe Pagoda, Mon State, Myanmar

The idea of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts is not lost on Southeast Asia. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organization comparable to the European Union with its enduring effort to achieve regional solidarity. Myanmar just hosted the 34th annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Nay Pyi Taw, its relocated […]

Mashpi Lodge in the garden of Ecuador—a megadiverse campus

Hotel room windows outdoing flat-screen televisions at Mashpi Lodge

Forget the steamy image of a jungle-encased adventure lodge with creaky wooden floors and rustic bathrooms. Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge’s spare-but-luxurious cubist layout could double as a contemporary art museum, but draped in rainforest trimmings. The striking basecamp, which appears to be more suited for a Malibu, CA, cliffside, showcases the cloud forest with immense floor-to-ceiling windows, a […]

A unified tourism model in Southeast Asia? Takeaways from ASEAN’s 33rd ATF in Malaysia

Southeast Asia’s 10 countries are bonding…like Borneo orangutans

The idea of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts is not lost on Southeast Asia. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organization comparable to the European Union with its enduring effort to achieve regional solidarity. Recently, the 33rd annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) took place in Kuching, a city in Malaysian Borneo. […]

Smugglers’ Notch: Vermont’s high-octane, family-friendly activity campus

Smugglers' Notch, high-octane and family-friendly Vermont escape

Smugglers’ Notch (Smuggs) is a legendary ski resort in Northern Vermont. This self-contained walkable mountain village is continuously rated one of the top ski areas in the US—and when you consider that it’s famously kid-friendly, you have a winning combo. Children have room to roam the slopes, numerous activity areas from an indoor playground to ice […]

Uncle Sam’s Caribbean: Puerto Rico

El Morro Fort with Rainbow

As opposed to being a raconteur (storyteller), this is my Ricanteur. Ever been hell-bent on replacing a bad memory with something sweeter? New York City’s Puerto Rican Day Parade aside, my reigning experience on this island was nearly being shot. After a six-hour stopover from Aruba in the 90s became a few late-night hours of […]

Cabo’s “Dead End” Springs to Life

Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa

 Rough Waters, Cool Rocks, Hot Luxury… Often, resorts insulate guests from the true jewels of a destination, but Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa sits in Cabo’s geologic marvel jewel. Spectacular roaring Pacific Oceanfront aside, the towering orange-sandstone Moab-style rock formations surrounding this place make your jaw drop—before the hiking starts. Stones-throw from this […]