Though I’m partial to budget travel, spending some money in the Amazon goes a long way. With a guide and a good boat, you can experience wildlife, local culture and stunning waterscapes that solo travelers could never reach. [Click headline to read full piece.]
In a temporary return to the Frugal Traveler column, I visit Prague on a budget the equivalent to an average local worker’s salary, and find it’s plenty to eat Czech food, stay in a decent guesthouse, and visit one cultural attraction a day…but not quite enough for beer. [Click headline to read full piece.]
Carnaval is right around the corner in this energetic city, where traditions — culinary, musical, literary and more — reflect a deep Afro-Brazilian heritage. Here’s my suggested weekend itinerary. [Click headline to read full piece.]
I’ll do pretty much anything to promote my new book on travel. Like, for example, link to it in this very sentence. But I draw the line when a TV or podcast interviewer asks me on to discuss, say, “the hottest new destinations for 2019.” Even considering such a list is travel writer malpractice. Why would you recommend a place bound to be overpriced and packed with tourists? Instead, I’d rather be invited to recommend places that are not hot this year, or next year…and may never be. [Click headline to read full piece.]
Together with the photographer Rose Marie Cromwell, I attended Permangolinha, a retreat run by capoeira master Cobra Mansa at his fascinating property in rural Bahia state, in northeast Brazil. There he raises cacau, coffee, cupuaçu, and some crops that don’t start with “c” following the guidelines of permaculture. Read more about it and see some incredible photos and videos not by me here.
There’s not a Michelin-starred restaurant in the world that serves Papuan sweet potatoes in a mountaintop village. I make the argument that spending less means seeing more, no matter what your age, for AARP. Click here to read.
The best travel moments happen through serendipity. And serendipity isn’t dumb luck. You can make it happen. Click here to read the article.
Come see me and get your signed copy of Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious.
NEW YORK CITY: Weds., Jan. 16, The Harvard Club (private event).
NAPLES, FL: Thurs, Jan 17, Barnes & Noble at Waterside Shops, 7 p.m. More info here.
DELRAY BEACH, FL: Friday, Jan. 18, Murder on the Beach, “The Secrets of Publishing” (with Susan Shapiro and Dr. Diana Kirchner), 7 p.m. More info here.
CORAL GABLES, FL: Sat., Jan 19, “The Secrets of Getting Published” (with author Susan Shapiro), Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave.), 5 p.m. More info here.
NEW YORK CITY: Sat., Jan. 26 – Sun., Jan. 27, New York Times Travel Show, Jacob Javits Center. More info here.
SAN FRANCISCO: Wed., Jan. 30, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave., with Matador Network founder and CEO, Ross Borden. More info here.
BROOKLYN: Thurs., Nov 15, 7 p.m.; Park Slope Barnes and Noble (267 Seventh Ave.), in conversation with New York Times Assistant Managing Editor Monica Drake. More info here.
WASHINGTON, DC: Sunday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.; Solid State Books (600 H Street NE), in conversation with Jamal Simmons of The Hill. More info here.
STAMFORD, CT: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Stamford Town Center, with Susan Shapiro and the Connecticut Press Club. More info here.
BOSTON: Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.; Trident Booksellers and Café (338 Newbury Street), in conversation with Boston Globe travel columnist Chris Muther. More info here.
The AARP travel editor asked me to come up with activities (and meals) under $15. Recommendations go for young, not-so-young, and family groups alike.
Right now millions of Americans are traipsing around the world creating the stories they’ll be telling captivated dinner guests and captive grandchildren for decades to come.
But as user reviews are added by the millions, social media becomes a substitute for live interaction and cheap international data tames a once-wild world into digital submission, the good travel yarn is in decline. Greater access to information means fewer impromptu decisions and fewer surprises. [Click headline to read full story.]