Adventure and solitude at the JW Marriott Guanacaste in Costa Rica, in words and pictures

Chairs at the beach

For years I’ve heard stories describing Costa Rica and all it has to offer and for years, I’ve been eager to experience a particular region of this country. Recently my quest to visit Central America came to fruition and Guanacaste, Costa Rica didn’t in any way fall short of everything I had hoped it would […]

How to Tell if an Adventure Company is Safe Abroad

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I was recently interviewed by NBC’s Today Show to comment on a zipline accident in Mexico that left a California man tragically in a coma. The show asked me how travelers can tell if an adventure company outside the United States is safe, and to comment on the importance of travel insurance. Below is the […]

15 Highlights in Costa Rica, a Naturalist’s Delight

Río Celeste (Credit: Melissa Curtin)

Pura Vida! That’s the phrase you’ll hear most often in Costa Rica. It means “pure life” or “plenty of life.” It’s a greeting and a response to a greeting, but it also reflects the essence with which the Costa Ricans lead their life. Costa Rica was like an adventurous dream, a dream of the unexpected […]

15 notes on El Salvador, where life grows free and green

San Salvador from El Boquerón

My first night in El Salvador, at a locally inspired hotel dinner, I lost my notebook. Long-hand musings, names, numbers, bars/cafes to check out in Berlin and Brooklyn and Phnom Penh—all gone, just like that. Had the hotel pupusas really been that good? Had I freely traded in my wherewithal for a finite plate of rich-bean-and-melty-quesillo-filled […]

Travel News: Week of December 4, 2013

Panama

Top Travel News U.S. Travel Welcomes Panama to Global Entry Program Hawaiian Airlines to allow use of portable electronic devices on flights Second dog death prompts concerns about safety of pets on planes Tourists urged to holiday in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan The incredible $10billion, 1.6km-long floating city with its own airport! Some passengers […]

Travel Contests of the Week: November 20, 2013

Santa Fe entrance

This week’s travel contests include: Win a three-night “Spirit of Sante Fe” escape to the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a trip for two to Nicaragua for a Cigar Safari Win a culinary trip to Italy Win a romantic getaway in Coronado, California Win a trip for two to Australia to […]

Win a Trip for Two to Nicaragua for a Cigar Safari

Richard Crawford

Are you 25 years or older and a cigar lover? If so, listen up! Native Scotsman Richard Crawford—who used to be the United States Ambassador to The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whiskey—has just announced a unique contest (which you can enter below) to celebrate the launch of his company, Richard Crawford Luxury. Richard is giving away […]

Highlights from Panama

Group photo

Unfortunately, a day after arriving in Panama the virus that I caught on a preview cruise out of Miami hit me ,and it was doozy too — 103 degree temp. for three days and an upper respiratory infection. Obviously, I wasn’t able to do all the exploring that I was planning on doing. But I […]