Travel Contests: Week of July 2, 2014

Granite Gear

This week’s travel contests include: Win a Cross-Trek 22” Wheeled Carry-On Duffel from Granite Gear! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win two tickets to Berlin in the “Fall of the Wall” giveaway Win a customizable trip for two to Brazil plus a $1,000 Shop Latitude Shopping Spree Win a trip to Norway and other Norway prizes from Visit Norway (on […]

Travel Contests: Week of April 30, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a $38,000 trip Win a number of #ExpertFlyer prizes including a one-year subscription to ExpertFlyer Pro (on Instagram) Win a sailing course for two in San Francisco Bay with OCSC Sailing Win a $30,000 trip to the World […]

Mexico’s Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit: An Upscale All-Inclusive

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

The thought of an all-inclusive resort automatically conjures up images of drunken college groups or families with a half-dozen kids splashing loudly in the pool. But the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is a unique alternative that caters to a largely high-end and upscale crowd; in fact, it’s a member of The Leading Hotels of the […]

Travel News: Week of January 15, 2014

Delta at LAX

Top Travel News Delta Introduces $2 In-Flight Wi-Fi Passes for Smartphones U.S. Warns Americans Over Security At Sochi Olympics Russia airports to ban all liquids on flights ahead of Sochi Olympics Southwest suspends pilots after landing at wrong airport Delta Puts Another $770 Million Into Comfort Upgrades Airlines go on a record new jet shopping […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Global Entry, NEXUS and Sentri

Global Entry

Global Entry, NEXUS and Sentri If you travel internationally at all (and especially if you do it frequently), you need to get Global Entry ($100). If you travel to and from Canada often, then you need NEXUS ($50)—and it’s Sentri ($122.25) for frequent travelers to and from Mexico. No matter which one makes sense for […]

The surrealist’s Mexico City

Aztec guys outside Templo Mayor Museum

French writer and poet André Breton was a master of expression. He was also the founder of surrealism, a “revolutionary movement” bent on uniting the unconscious and observable realms, and so his talents bore particular agility in the presence of the colorful, the raw, the animated—the surreal. In 1936, on a France-commissioned visit to Mexico […]

Fun Facts About Mazatlan

Mazatlan Beach

I know of no better way to capture the quirky charm of Mazatlan than this list of fun facts I assembled while visiting, in no particular order: Mazatlan is known as the Pearl of the Pacific not because of the gemstone but because of the friendliness of its people and the beauty of its beaches. […]

Sweet Sinaloa

Making Jamoncillos

Sometimes a person just wants to eat something sweet, either to finish a big meal or between meals to quell a rumbling stomach. Or, frankly, sometimes because dulces, as the Mexicans call them, are just so delicious. No visit to Mazatlan and its environs would be complete without a sampling of their sweets. I could […]