Off the Beaten Path

A Guide to the Gorgeous Trollaskagi Peninsula, North Iceland

Small fishing boats docked in a calm fjord, green mountains rising up behind them.

Have you heard of the Tröllaskagi Peninsula? This mountainous peninsula in North Iceland is perhaps the most beautiful detour from the Ring Road. Tröllaskagi, which is Icelandic for Troll Peninsula, has long been a popular destination for Icelanders. But in the last few years, it’s become quite a treasure for travelers in the know. Tröllaskagi …

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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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