Quehueche Rio and Livingston, Guatemala (October, 2004)

While You Are There: The one must-do is to learn about Garifuna culture. Beyond that, there's not much to do and that's the point. Guatemala is often about the bustle of Antigua and viewing Mayan ruins, but when you need to stop, sit in a cafe, and look out at the ocean for awhile, this is … Continue reading Quehueche Rio and Livingston, Guatemala (October, 2004)

Pools of Mud in San Jacinto, Nicaragua (May, 2008)

While You Are There: Hang out in León for a few days, see the ruins, go to the beach, go sandboarding, and drink some rum. There's no shortage of activities in this part of the country. León is easily my favorite place in Nicaragua (although Ometepe is pretty great too!) and this quote from Lonely Planet … Continue reading Pools of Mud in San Jacinto, Nicaragua (May, 2008)

(Isla de) Ometepe, Nicaragua (July, 2008)

While You Are There: If you can arrange your trip while there is a festival going on in Altagracia, which we did unintentionally, stay there a night and enjoy it. Otherwise, hop on a long, slow bus ride to Merida and stay at the Hacienda Merida. They can arrange a bunch of activities for you or … Continue reading (Isla de) Ometepe, Nicaragua (July, 2008)

Nenagh, Ireland and the Ashley Park House (September, 2014)

While You Are There: Be romantic. Roam the grounds and imagine you are in a Bronte novel. Or maybe you should pick an Irish writer. Either way, you get the image. Enjoy the lavish breakfast spread and find out what travels your fellow sojourners are on. Take the rowboat onto the lake and pretend you are … Continue reading Nenagh, Ireland and the Ashley Park House (September, 2014)

Mt. Everest, seen from Nagarkot, Nepal (November, 2000)

While You Are There: Chances are slim to none that you'll only be going to Nagarkot. You'll probably be in Kathmandu and there is plenty to do there. But if you've been living in India for the past four months on a vegetarian diet, I strongly recommend against gorging yourself on a steak at one of … Continue reading Mt. Everest, seen from Nagarkot, Nepal (November, 2000)

Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico (April, 2002)

While You Are There: Bring a sketchbook or a notebook and spend the day being inspired. Why It's On My List: The artist describes it as a Garden of Eden and I agree. It's a surreal, magical, and romantic place that I stumbled across in a guidebook when I lived in Mexico and decided I had … Continue reading Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico (April, 2002)

Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska (July, 2015)

While You Are There: Hike. And try not to get eaten by a bear. And if you make it back to Homer, enjoy the restaurants on the spit. Why It's On My List: Everything I saw in Alaska was stunning, but this park has the added bonuses of having to take a water taxi (or plane) to … Continue reading Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska (July, 2015)

Jeju and Seongsan Ilchulbong Crater, South Korea (August, 2002)

While You Are There: Hike in the crater and get drenched in sweat. That's what I remember about it - the humidity inside. It's its own microclimate. It's a steamy tropical jungle. Clearly the volcano inside is not active, but it's so hot that you get the sensation it might erupt at any moment. Or maybe … Continue reading Jeju and Seongsan Ilchulbong Crater, South Korea (August, 2002)

Indian Step Wells (August, 2000)

While You Are There: Bring a book and hang out for a few hours in the cool escape from a hot day. Play with the local children. Imagine the women in their brightly colored saris lounging and chatting. Soak up the history. Why It's On My List: I had never read about or heard of such a … Continue reading Indian Step Wells (August, 2000)

Hurricane Turn Train, Talkeetna, Alaska (July, 2015)

While You Are There: (Caveat: Warren Redfearn is no longer the Hurricane Turn conductor, so I'm not sure how many of these activities are still an option because many of them seemed to be based on his connections with the people who live along the line. Also, the train was only about 20% full the day … Continue reading Hurricane Turn Train, Talkeetna, Alaska (July, 2015)