Whether it’s the Sahara in Africa, the Gobi in China, or another world-famous desert, you realize just how big the world is when you’re standing in the middle of a desert surrounded by miles and miles of open land. The opportunity to trek to a desert, for most people, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While you may get caught up in...
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...
Stunning views of the Hollywood Sign unfold at your own pace on hiking trails that meander through the rolling chaparral of the Santa Monica Mountains.  Trails originally blazed by paws, hooves, and yucca-thatched moccasins now connect us to cultural as well as natural wonders. The western frontier of Griffith Park offers hikers amazingly close encounters with the Sign, which...
Vacation: a chance to relax, unwind… and completely fall off the “healthy living” wagon! How is it that we can go months and months in perfect routine, dutifully eating healthy, never missing a workout, and staying on target, but a single week of vacation can be enough to throw us completely off balance and send us back to square one? Sure, it’s one...
Number of passengers Ocean: Up to 6,296 (Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas). River: Up to 190 (on Viking River Cruises).   Destinations Ocean: Remote islands like Tahiti, major Mediterranean ports, far reaches of the globe (the North Pole region, for example). River: Inland cities and towns most oceangoing ships can’t get close to (like Luxor, Egypt, and Budapest).   Excursions Ocean: From ATV jungle treks to Zodiac boat trips to ice floes in Antarctica. River: Small-scale walking...
Expansive sapphire-blue skies, soaring red rocks, shifting white sand dunes that gleam in the sun — what better way to beat the cold than with a vacation to a desert? Forget the Sahara: You can find surreal and expansive landscapes to explore in the American Southwest and Pacific. From glamorous desert cities that buzz with excitement to solace-inspiring stretches...
Connecticut offers an abundance of possibilities for freewheeling families. Wedged between New York’s Hudson Valley and the Quinebaug River, the state’s rolling orchards, forested mountains and brilliant foliage represent some of the East Coast’s loveliest scenery -- barely an hour’s drive from New York and Boston. So, whether you’re looking for a series of long weekend breaks or some quality...
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...
The Sahara Desert is, without question, our favourite region of Morocco. It may look as if there’s nothing but sand and sky but there’s a surprising number of things to do in the Sahara Desert. Any anyway, what more do you want from a desert? If you’re preparing for a trip to Morocco and the Sahara isn’t on your...
Whether it's for the holidays, spring break or summer vacation, it's never too early to start planning your next trip. That includes scoping out airline tickets. As a big fan of travel myself, I know that the prices on some tickets is enough to make you seriously consider a stay-cation. But let me reassure you that I've never paid an...

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