Yes, you can afford to travel abroad

Here’s something I’ve been saying all along, and today it made the headlines in the Travel Daily News: “International travel need not be costly, says travel agents.”The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), which recently surveyed its members about the best budget friendly international destinations, found that the following places are the cheapest: 1. Cancun,Read more

Taiwan Redux

In the following video, I’ve boiled down a 10-day Taiwan vacation into a three-minute video. I was inspired by Eric Testroete, a Canadian guy who posted a quick-cut slideshow video of his trip to Japan set to the music of the LCD Soundsystem. While this video doesn’t even come close to the brilliance of “ThisRead more

Travel is the tonic for turbulent times

“When the going gets tough, the tough get traveling.” No, that’s not my new motto now that I’ve been laid off. It’s the latest marketing effort from Australia-based outfitter Intrepid Travel, which is offering anyone who’s lost a job since last September a 15 percent discount on its tour packages. “Take advantage of a badRead more

Eat Your Art Out

On a recent trip to the National Palace Museum in Taipei, I discovered its most famous objet d’art is a head of cabbage made of jade. It’s true. The “Jadeite Cabbage with Insects” belonged to a consort of the Emperor Kuang-hsu during the Ch’ing Dynasty (late 19th century) and was kept at Yung-ho Palace inRead more

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