Off the Beaten Path

A Detailed Travel Guide to the Aeolian Islands, Sicily

The coastline of Stromboli, black volcanic sand next to bright blue water, people bathing in the sea, green slopes leading up to the tip of the volcano.

Have you heard of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily? I’ve been dreaming about traveling to the Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie) since my semester in Florence in 2004. I huddled over my Let’s Go: Italy guidebook, reading about a Sicilian archipelago with lava-spewing volcanoes and black sand beaches. Finally, I got my chance 17 years later. …

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Two Weeks in the Caucasus: Travel Itinerary for Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Kate poses on a balcony in front of the three flame-shaped towers of Azerbaijan as the sky turns pink at dusk.

If you were going to spend two weeks in the Caucasus, what’s the best itinerary? I recently visited the Caucasus for the first time: first Azerbaijan, then Georgia, then Armenia. First off — the Caucasus is such an interesting place that you could spend months there without seeing all the points of interest. But most …

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