How to Tell if an Adventure Company is Safe Abroad


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 […]

Travel Contests: Week of December 30, 2013

Beverly Wilshire facade

This week’s travel contests include: Win a two-night escape at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel)! ( contest) Win a 3-night stay at the small luxury hotel of your choice in the U.S. from Vineyard Vines Win one of three amazing ski vacations in Montana, Alaska, or Norway  from Warren Miller Entertainment […]

10 Obscure Maya Ruins to visit in 2012


The Maya people are renowned for the accuracy of their calendar and their knowledge of the solar system. And of course, they’re known for the infamous date of December 21st, 2012, the day their calendar ends. What does this mean? Is it the prophesized end of the world? Or is it a solar event? No […]

Travel Contests: Win a Trip for 2 to Belize

Win a Trip for Two to Belize

This week’s featured travel contests: Win a Trip for 2 to Belize Win a Trip — ‘Wallflower in Bloom’ Sweepstakes to Austin, TX Win a two-night trip for two to Sedona, Arizona See previous travel contests here.


Interviewing Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Galactic Spaceport America

Renowned travel expert John E. DiScala (aka Johnny Jet), circles the globe for his first televised special “Hot Spots 2012,” which premiered on the Travel Channel January 1. The show is scheduled to air again Sunday January 8 at 4:00 PM EST (check local listings). During the one-hour special, Johnny Jet gives viewers a ringside […]

Jungles of Belize: Part 2


The next place we visited was Chaa Creek Lodge, which is 67 miles away from the Belize City airport. It takes about two hours to get to (four and a half hours from the Lamanai Outpost). Chaa Creek is set along the banks of the Macal River, near the foothills of the Maya Mountains. It’s […]

Jungles of Belize: Part 1


Belize is located just south of Mexico and east of Guatemala at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America. The country is only 8,805 square miles; roughly the same size as the state of New Hampshire (8,968 square miles) and has a total population of 311,000. You would think that Spanish is the […]