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.
The best travel moments happen through serendipity. And serendipity isn’t dumb luck. You can make it happen. Click here to read the article.
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.]
Love and tradition are key ingredients in the food — and drink and music — of Colombia’s rainy Pacific Coast region. This port city of 400,000 is at the center of it all. [Click headline to read full article.]
Saporè DownTown is an intriguingly experimental contemporary pizzeria that is easy to miss — but make sure you don’t.
Chaotically refined, verdantly concrete, intimately gargantuan: The most populous metropolis in South America was but a middling coffee city until the mid-20th century, when an influx of northeastern migrants set off a growth spurt that shows no sign of stopping.