Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager is a bit of a fitness nut. He’s climbed Mt. Whitney, regularly takes part in obstacle course races and “mud runs” and has made getting county residents healthier one of his missions during his time in elected office. So it’s no surprise that he would welcome the task of tackling the “Magnificent 7,” a...
Tell people you are setting off across the country by car, and you will most certainly be barraged with all sorts of “helpful” advice. Everyone has an opinion on the great American road trip, whether it is what route you should take, where you should sleep, or what you should see. All of this advice is incredibly helpful. Setting off...
If the first rule of collecting wild mushrooms is “never take anything you can’t positively identify,” the second must be “you won’t find any along the trail.” In the Rif Mountains of Morocco, that goes for animal trails as well. Goats and cows and even wild boars enjoy mushrooms too, said my guide, Mohammed Elafia, as he pointed to a pale...
Admit it. There are times when you wish you could get away from it all by moving to your own private island. Well, some cruise passengers actually can at least for a day. Each of the following cruise lines below offer passengers a day of fun in the sun on their very own private island. For many cruisers, this...
Barreling down Nevada Highway 374 toward Death Valley National Park and a lemon drop of a sun, it occurred to me that the principal allure of the desert is that nothing quite normal survives there. Take the Goldwell Open Air Museum down the highway, just outside Beatty, Nevada. Here, on a lonely stretch of private land, for no particular reason, rest half a...
Sometimes, you just need a beach getaway. Unfortunately, you also often need a thick wallet to enjoy one properly. But before you convince yourself that you simply don't have the cash for a vacation to fill-in-the-blank, take a look at our list of seven amazing beach destinations -- that are surprisingly affordable. 1. Corfu, Greece View from Mayor Pelekas Monastery It's no...

Best 10 Dubai Travel Tips

If you fly Emirates Airlines, you will empty out of the plane into the elegant, modern Terminal 3 at Dubai airport. It is large, efficient and very comfortable. You may have a little wait at immigration, less if you have a passport with a microchip and you are willing to register at the “smart gate”. It takes very little...
Finding your center on a surfboard or yoga mat, descending bat-filled caves or misty volcanic peaks, or hiking, biking or ziplining through a nature-lover's paradise – your only limit is the date on your ticket home. The Peaceful Soul of Central America If marketing experts could draw up an ideal destination, Costa Rica might be it. The 'rich coast' has earned...
Not all beaches are created equal -- as anyone who’s ever fought traffic, stalked people for parking, endlessly searched for a spot not occupied by tourists or trash, and then tolerated whichever aspiring DJ decided to set up camp 20 feet away, can attest. But with the right scenery... and the right shoreline... and the right conditions, whatever hassles and...
There is a special feeling that comes over you when you enter a perfect hideaway that vibrates in harmony with nature. Green vacations are not just about water-efficient bathrooms and recycling. They provide you with the time and space to reconnect with nature and return to your roots. Our top 25 list includes unique mountain lodges, rainforest retreats, wilderness...




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