Travel Contests: Week of August 20, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines

This week’s travel contests includes: Win 140,000 HawaiianMiles plus two-night stays at The Royal Hawaiian AND Moana Surfrider! ( contest) Win a trip to Bloomington and Mall of America Win a 5-day trip to Berlin in Trivago’s contest to makeover its Trivago guy TV pitchman Win a trip for 2 to Cartagena, Colombia with LAN Airlines Win […]

Travel Contests: Week of August 13, 2014


This week’s travel contests include: Win a trip for two with air and hotel to Cartagena, Colombia with LAN Win two nights at a Kimpton Hotel Win one of 42 three-night Fairmont Hotels trips for two Win an 8-day South African safari getaway for two Win a golf trip to Bermuda with National Car Rental […]

A Fresh Cup in Colombia’s Coffee Triangle

Valle de Cocora

I’m not a coffee drinker. Never have been. In fact, if I can claim any caffeine loyalties, they’d be with tea, what with my comically British ancestry and tenures living in both London and Dublin (one of my coworkers in Dublin took nine tea breaks a day; he later cut it to seven in the […]

Is Colombia Safe for Travelers?

Buenavista, Colombia

Is Colombia safe for travelers? If you’ve ever heard the name Escobar, or FARC, or seen Blow, this question might give you pause. And that’s okay. Your safety is always worth your time when travel and unfamiliarity collide—especially when the world around you keeps rolling out reasons to worry, as it has with Colombia. The Republic […]

Accentuating Your Bogotá Experience

Colombian flag

  Boh-goh-TA. The emphasis is on the last syllable in Bogotá, Colombia’s emerging capital, and that’s important. The failure to confidently push out that last “a”—to release the city’s name on a promising, upward trajectory—is a common occurrence here in the United States, whether by way of unfamiliarity, laziness (me, pre-visit), or whatever. Again, this […]

Cali, Colombia with a Side of Salsa


In America, “Cali” is an abbreviated form of California. You may not always feel good about hearing it, but if the term is dropped on Uncle Sam’s turf, chances are your speaker is calling your attention to our most golden state. But in Colombia, “goin’ back to Cali” means something else entirely. Abbreviated from Santiago […]

Cartagena, Colombia: Where the Caribbean meets Latin America

The view from the roof top pool of the Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa.

Tourist Towns – we’ve all been to one. These are the places where we’re herded in groups through areas that found their way onto the well-worn tourist track. These places are recognizable by their parking lots for tourist buses, sunburnt tourists and the “local” restaurants that have menus in seven different languages. Cartagena, a picture-perfect […]

One perfect day in Bogota, Colombia

The Museo del Oro is home to a stunning collection of pre-Hispanic gold pieces like these.

I recently returned from a short visit to Bogota, Colombia – I was there for less than 48 hours. My friends and family all asked: what could one possibly do with less than two days in a city of that size? You’d be surprised. Despite its reputation, Bogota has a lot to offer the traveler […]