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Galápagos Adventure: Our Best Family Trip Ever

In almost four decades as a travel writer and editor, I’ve been blessed to be able to take my wife and two children around the world, from Japan to Jamaica, France to Fiji, Australia to Yosemite. And yet, of all the wonderful destinations we’ve visited...

Birds That “Hire” Bodyguards

In the Everglades, birds use alligators as bodyguards. Of course, the reptiles' services come with a price. Read about this fascinating, new research....

In Search of Starlight: The Rise of Dark Sky Tourism

While fewer than 200 stars are typically visible to city dwellers, up to 15,000 are on display in the least disturbed night skies. We may have to go in search of starlight, but chasing dark skies is an exhilarating travel adventure....

Art and Nature in New Mexico

I awoke to the “blue mountain” in the distance, framed by wintry cottonwoods, still exuding the presence and power that so captivated O’Keeffe....

Tripping Over Wildlife in Alaska

“In this weather, you’d step on a moose before you’d see one.” Larry Benz was standing with his hands on his hips, squinting out the glass doors of his hand-built cabin at the northern boundary of Chugach National Park, Alaska. The usual, sweeping vista of...

Journeying to the Soul of Portugal through Fado

I reached for the wine, dark plum red in a clear stem glass, standing on a crisp white tablecloth. It was from Bairrada, a celebrated northern wine region through which I’d just traveled with my husband Miles to this southerly perch in Lisbon. I wanted...

Discovering the Danube in Active Luxury

The Wachau Valley, lying between the medieval towns of Melk and Krems, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also the scenic centerpiece along the Danube for an emerging style of adventure travel: ship-based river cruising that combines active physical pursuits with luxurious creature comforts....

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