Colombia: The only risk is wanting to stay

“Is Colombia safe?” That’s the number one question I get when I tell people that I’m going to the South American nation. There is no guarantee that we’re safe, even in our own neighborhoods, but most sources say that Colombia is safe for travelers who stay on the main tourist circuit and big cities, travelRead more

Blog gets a makeover

Welcome to the new and improved (I hope) Far-Flung Travels. I spent a few days migrating my blog posts from Blogger to my own domain using WordPress, which has provided a better platform for adding photo galleries and nested pages. If you are receiving this via email subscription or RSS feed, I encourage you toRead more

North shore ramblings

Puerto de la Cruz is the second largest city on the island of Tenerife. It is a picturesque port town on the north shore with cute shops and good restaurants, as long as you wander off the main boardwalk, lined with high-rise hotels and cheesy “handicrap” (as opposed to handicraft) stores. The further west inRead more

Pooling Resources

Tucked in a corner of the island not visited by most tourists you’ll find the tiny seaside villages of Bajamar and Punta Hidalgo. They are both one hotel kind of towns that time forgot. In Bajamar, older men chat on benches in front of the tiny church, people walk their dogs or stroll along theRead more

Black sand beaches

Excluding the national park at the top of the Teide volcano, the island of Tenerife has two distinct sides. The south is known for its sandy beaches and sunny skies, while the north is higher and cooler with crashing waves under plunging cliffs. The south is touristy (full of visitors flying in from London, MadridRead more

Excess Baggage

You won’t see these suitcases coming around the baggage carousel any time soon: 1. This meat bag was part of a print advertisement campaign launched by VLCC, a beauty and fitness company in India. 2.French designer and artist PinkWolf has created luggage that makes a bold statement in the security line. If the gun suitcaseRead more

It wouldn’t be so funny if it happened to you . . .

Travel is full of unexpected surprises (good or bad); that’s one thing I like about it. But sometimes, things can go a little too far. In this case, it’s far more enjoyable to read about travel mishaps than experience them first-hand. “Monkey pushes woman off cliff” read the headline on Wednesday’s “Weird News” feed. Naturally,Read more

Lunar New Year traditions: out with the old, in with the new

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On the eve of the Chinese lunar new year, Chinese folks are busy cleaning their houses and getting rid of all the broken down appliances, ill-fitting clothes and other things that they don’t want. Doing this invites fresh new energy into the home and attracts good luck in the year to come. It’s early inRead more

First Stop, Cleveland

When Brook Silva-Braga announced he was quitting his job to spend a year traveling around the world, his coworkers said it was a great idea; however, his boss confided that some of them were whispering, “There’s the idiot . . . the one who’s giving it up.” But like many of those who have caughtRead more

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