Enjoy the simple life in modern Sweden

By: Don Mankin
Posted on: July 06, 2020

[Editor’s Note: Given the worldwide reach of the coronavirus and the fact that COVID-19 cases in Sweden and elsewhere are still rising, this is not the time to travel there, or anywhere, for enjoyment.  Please enjoy this article as armchair entertainment and for planning your future travel in healthier times.]  Sweden has been much in the news of late. First, it was teenage... READ MORE

Visiting quaint, yet grand, Rhode Island

By: Ashley Stimpson
Posted on: July 02, 2020

Rhode Island is easy to miss. It’s famously small, crammed tightly into the jigsaw puzzle of New England.  But travelers who seek out this tiny-but-mighty state are rewarded with quaint accommodations, uncrowded attractions and one-of-a-kind cuisine. My partner and I set out from Baltimore on a blustery fall day last year, content in the cozy silence of an Amtrak Northeast Regional ... READ MORE

Souvenirs evoke fine vacation memories

By: Victor Block
Posted on: June 17, 2020

My body is home these days, but my mind is roaming the globe. I’m stalking endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, interacting with animals and people in the Amazon, and clinging to a tiny saddle on a camel strolling through the Sahara Desert.   These are among countless memories that remain alive in souvenirs brought back from the more than 70 countries, including ours, that I have... READ MORE

Nebraska, from corn fields to fine art

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: June 05, 2020

Editor’s Note: Given the worldwide reach of the coronavirus and the fact that COVID-19 cases are still rising in Nebraska, this is not the time to travel there, or anywhere, for enjoyment.  Please enjoy this article as armchair entertainment and for planning your future travel in healthier times.  In the Cornhusker State, corn may be at almost every turn, but there’s much more... READ MORE

Likely changes to travel through 2020

By: Ed Perkins
Posted on: June 03, 2020

We’re getting conflicting information about the COVID-19 outlook for the rest of the year. On one side, some of the medical folks are saying that the pandemic won’t be over until 2021, and we should keep isolating for the foreseeable future. Others are saying we might have a vaccine within a few months. And some political leaders were “reopening” in May.  Don’t ask me which of ... READ MORE

The world no longer seems so accessible

By: Julie Pace
Posted on: May 13, 2020

For the first time in years, we’ve put our suitcases away. Flights have been canceled. The shared Google calendar where we tracked each other’s travel schedules is empty for the foreseeable future. For my husband and me, travel has been a constant of our more than decade together. Long multi-country trips with American presidents on Air Force One and weeks spent in political... READ MORE

Laos, Southeast Asia’s spiritual heart

By: Don Mankin
Posted on: May 12, 2020

As our boat glided silently up the wide Mekong River, I dozed off in the breeze. Occasionally I opened my eyes to look at the lush scenery gliding by, the children playing in the water, and the fisherman in their slim boats tossing their nets into the river. My mind drifted as I let the sights, sounds and fragrances of the river wash the chatter from my mind. I was on a slow boat just a... READ MORE

Planning for that future trip — eventually

By: Ed Perkins
Posted on: May 08, 2020

Travel may be the last thing on your mind right now, but you aren’t going to stay home forever. So, the current lull might be a good time to think about what you plan to do when the world starts up again. I’ve been scouring the news sources and blogosphere for suggestions, and although some predictions vary wildly, a few major developments seem to be inevitable. Overall, nobody... READ MORE

Why just camp when you can glamp?

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: May 06, 2020

Editor’s Note: As of the time of publication, the COVID-19 virus has spread throughout the world. Especially for vulnerable adults, this is not the time to travel anywhere for enjoyment. Please enjoy this travel section as armchair entertainment and for planning your future travel in healthier times. Camping in the outdoors is all fun and games until your back seizes up or the... READ MORE

Visiting Santa Fe, Taos’ larger neighbor

By: Victor Block
Posted on: April 07, 2020

A first-time visitor to Santa Fe may initially view the city as Taos on steroids. That observation does tell part of the story — but only part.  New Mexico’s capital city and its neighbor share many attributes, but also have their differences. Therein lies the appeal of seeing both places in a single visit; Santa Fe is about an hour and a half south of Taos. Santa Fe is known... READ MORE