Sunday, October 26th, 2014

My 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

In a year of travel taking me from Austria to Australia, Boston to Bangkok, Malta to Macedonia, Kyoto to Koh Lanta, the good times have been so good. To commemorate the year, I decided to do a round-up of my best travel moments of 2013. Rest assured, as good as the times rolled, it certainly wasn’t [...]

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, [...]

Weird South Africa: Ronnie’s Sex Shop

You can’t have a road trip without some weird stops along the way.  On my Croatia road trip, it was Hum, “the smallest town in the world” (but probably not really); in Connecticut, it was the aptly named town of Mianus. But one of my all-time favorite road trip stops is a little whitewashed building [...]

The Ultimate South Africa Road Trip Itinerary

I cannot stop raving about my South Africa road trip.  This road trip along the Garden Route and Eastern Cape was, hands down, one of the best trips of my life. A lot of you have written me asking how you can do the same trip.  You absolutely can.  The great thing about this trip [...]

Adventure in South Africa Starts NOW!

Greetings from South Africa! I’m very pleased to be back in Cape Town, in South Africa, a country that impresses me to no end! My trip to South Africa last fall was one of the best trips I have ever taken — because South Africa is the kind of country that WOWS you again and [...]

Is South Africa Safe?

Is South Africa safe?  Especially for women traveling alone? That was a question that I had often wondered, that I continued to ponder while traveling, and that I mused long after returning home. South Africa does not have a good reputation when it comes to safety.  Much of this is overblown, or based on false [...]

A Glorious Day on the Cape Peninsula

Cape Town, as I’ve said time and time again, is one of the world’s most beautiful cities.  But to really appreciate that beauty, you need to go beyond the city limits — out to the Cape Peninsula, which is home to plenty of beautiful attractions. We spent our second full day in Cape Town tooling [...]

The World’s Sexiest Trailer Park

Is there such a thing as a sexy trailer park?  Oh yes, there is.  I can assure you that the Grand Daddy Hotel Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park has the market cornered. We stayed here for our first night in Cape Town — and it’s probably the most unusual place I’ve ever laid my head for a [...]

View from the Top of Table Mountain, Cape Town

“Change of plans.  We’re going up Table Mountain now,” David told us. Now?  We had literally just stepped off the Blue Train. “There are no clouds on top of the mountain today.  The weather probably won’t be this good again.” It turns out that although Cape Town has a fantastic climate, Table Mountain can be [...]

The Blue Train: Crossing South Africa in Luxury

Of all overland journeys, I’m not sure anything can top my experience in South Africa: riding from Pretoria to Cape Town on the Blue Train. The Blue Train, you see, is a FANCY TRAIN.  The kind of train that requires men to wear jackets and ties and ladies to don elegant eveningwear.  The kind of [...]