Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

My Favorite New Destinations of 2013

2013 was a fantastic and exciting travel year — probably my most active year of travel yet! This year I visited a record-breaking 22 countries (UK, USA, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, San Marino, Austria, Malta, Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, and Cambodia — though, […]

The UNESCO Hunt: 62-71

At this point, I can say that I’ve been to more than 70 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I’m chugging along in my UNESCO hunt — but I didn’t think it would take three months to visit the last ten! Were there missed opportunities? In Japan, most certainly. I easily could have visited Nara for the Historic […]

Scenes from Lake Ohrid: Macedonia’s Summer Beauty

If you’re familiar with Lake Ohrid, one image probably comes to your mind: a tiny red-brick church overlooking the vast expanse of blue lake, faint mountains in the distance. This church is Sveti Jovan, and it’s probably the most famous image in all of Macedonia. As soon as you arrive, you’ll want to photograph it […]

Macedonia: This Magnificent Country Will Surprise You

Sometimes the best countries are the most surprising ones. Macedonia certainly falls into that category. I fell into Macedonia on a whim — I needed somewhere to go for two weeks in between Istanbul and Dubai while Mario went to South Africa. Skopje popped up as a cheap flight from Istanbul, and I booked that […]

SOTM Tour: Month Two of Twelve

Mario and I have been on the road for two months now! From Malta to Dubai, here is the best and worst of Month Two of the SOTM Tour. Countries Visited Malta, Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Romania, United Arab Emirates Favorite Destinations Ohrid, Macedonia — What a nice, beautiful, fun, and dirt-cheap summer resort town! […]