Bruce Northam

About Bruce Northam

Bruce Northam, the writer and host of American Detour, has reported (mostly good news) from 135 countries. His visually rich keynote speech, Street Anthropology, is a hit at colleges, corporate events, and Governor’s tourism conferences. His book, Globetrotter Dogma, is an award-winning ode to freestyle wandering. Visit www.AmericanDetour.com.

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 […]