Where to stay in Tel Aviv + 10 notes on travel there

Tel Aviv on the water

Tel Aviv, to me, may as well have been in California. It’s a city of tremendous geographic heritage, with proximity to some of the world’s furthest documented reaches, but in all the best ways, it felt like California to me. With palms and heat and long, lively beaches, it looked like California. People seemed happy and relaxed, […]

Mapping the Conch Republic

Out on the water with Hall's Diving Center in the Florida Keys

On April 23, 1982, the mayor of Key West, Florida, Dennis Wardlow, “broke a loaf of stale Cuban bread over the head of a man dressed in a naval uniform.” This naturally ushered his city into secession from the United States, officially as the “Conch Republic.” One minute into sovereignty, Prime Minister Wardlow surrendered to the same man, and the […]

Glacier tennis and chocolate in Roger Federer’s Switzerland

Good lord, this is a real view

Last week, I went to Switzerland. Why? The world’s tallest chocolate shop by elevation—Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven—was opened with great pageantry at Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe.” Why else? As part of that pageantry, Lindt ambassador and pride of all Switzerland Roger Federer (he’s from Basel) played tennis against Olympic ski racer (and pride of all Vail, Colorado) […]

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 […]

Inside: The MSC Divina in Miami

MSC Divina

Today—Tuesday November 19, 2013—the warm waters off Miami roll out the red carpet for a much-anticipated opening act. The MSC Divina is finally here. Eighteen days after departing from Venice, the sparkling white, 1,094-foot Italian cruise ship will arrive in Miami’s cleverly named PortMiami to begin servicing the Caribbean on regular, year-round cruises to America’s favorite […]

Study by US Travel Association links educational travel to future success

Students at Vatican City

It’s often said that travel broadens the mind, but is it true? Of course it’s true says anyone who’s ever traveled—and according to a recent study by the US Travel Association, the facts say the same. The results of the study, released in a report entitled “Travel Improves Educational Attainment & Future Success,” revealed that […]

Australia’s Hayman Island is now on your bucket list

Hayman pool by night

Sunny, upbeat Australia is about the size of the continental United States—much bigger than it is convenient to remember halfway around the world. We all know the Sydney Opera House and the Outback, but just as America is so much more than the Empire State Building and the Grand Canyon, Australia is impressively, infinitely more […]

Hayman helicopter tours: Above it all

Whitehaven Beach's Hill Inlet

I’ve been in a helicopter three times in my life. Each time, after floating back down to Earth, I’ve arrived at the same conclusion: Everything should be seen by helicopter. This is not a lesson I apply in practice very often, because I don’t live in GTA V. Helicopters are hard to come by in […]