By Stephen Hartshorne One of the best ways to get to know someone is to take a trip with them. Many North Americans take trips to exotic destinations and wind up becoming better acquainted with the other North Americans on the trip. Certainly there’s nothing wrong with that; friendship is a good thing; but a […]
We are an independent traveler website, but we also know that sometimes it’s best to take a tour, large or small group, to get the best value and see a place. Here are stories about great tours around the world.
Myanmar: Friendly, But Not Free By Sony Stark Despite the fact that Myanmar (formally called Burma) is run by a brutal military regime called the Junta, I found the Burmese people friendlier than the last 5 countries combined. Strict US sanctions frustrate and discourage the economy, but it doesn’t affect how locals treat American tourists. […]
By Sonja Stark Cape Town: A beautiful city Cape Town, South Africa is one of the most beautiful cities in the world; extremely cosmopolitan, safe and everyone speaks English. We’ve been at sea for seven days so dropping anchor here, in a westernized country, is equivalent to coming home. It’s super early and humpbacks hurl […]
Around the World in 100 Days Editor’s note: Videographer Sony Stark has embarked on a world tour aboard the MV Explorer to make a documentary about Semester At Sea, a program of the Institute for Shipboard Education. Second Port of Call: Salvador, Brazil By Sony Stark Salvador, Brazil is known as the greatest Afro-Brazilian city, […]
“A Mysterious History” by Dave Snow The orcas in the western Atlantic have a mysterious history. We know they were common enough to serve as a prominent subject for the art and rituals of the people who lived in Newfoundland and Labrador three thousand years ago. The most famous artifacts taken from the Port aux […]
Wine tours and cooking classes make vacations a learning experience! By Sarah Cavicchi If your tastes are a little bit more refined and want to indulge in the cultural cuisine of far off places, start by taking one of the indulgent tours listed below. Luxury, class and pampering are a specialty for most of these […]
Oahu is Rich in History and Beauty By Linda Tagliaferro Mention the island of Oahu to the average person, and the name conjures up images of the beach at Waikiki, that romantic scene in “From Here to Eternity,” and hula dancers with undulating hips at a well-stocked luau. But, this Hawaiian island has much more […]