A different way of seeing Stonehenge

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Photography tips for shooting the iconic tourist attraction Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by the mystery of Stonehenge, a circle of upright stones in a grassy field in the English countryside. When I finally saw it for myself, I was no less awestruck, although the mystique is marred by the intersectionRead more

On the path to enlightenment

At the Kurjey Lakhang, a monastery in Buthang, I am literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. Well, just two rocks. If I can squeeze through the small opening between them, it means I have a purer soul than those who cannot pass. I feel like I am in an Indiana Jones filmRead more

A dollar a day makes it easy to get away

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I recently met a woman, who since the birth of her two daughters, has saved a dollar a day for each kid’s travel fund. Upon turning 14, and with more than $5,000, they can choose where in the world they’d like to go. Her youngest, who reaches that magical milestone this year, has chosen Australia.Read more

Stranded at the Butchers Shop

On our last day in The Gambia, I thought it might be a great idea to rent bicycles. The advantages were two-fold. First, we’d get to see a lot more of the Atlantic Coast. Second, we’d be able to outrun the hordes of touts trying to devise ways to relieve us of our hard-earned dalasis.Read more

From Here to Timbuktu

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The phrase “from here to Timbuktu,” is commonly used to describe some remote, hard-to-reach mythical place, but never a real destination that one could actually visit. But then, a few years ago, I was on a flight going who knows where, when I started chatting with a woman sitting next to me. “I’m going toRead more

The art of living in Santa Fe de Antioquia

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Santa Fe was the original capital of the state of Antioquia before it moved to Medellin, a couple hours south.. The Lonely Planet describes it as a weekend escape from the city, but doesn’t say much else about it other than the tourist information center can provide a list of local artisans, whose studios canRead more

On a roll in Bogota

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I could have spent a week exploring Bogota on foot, but I never would have seen as much as I did on the six-hour bike ride I took. Cruising around town on two wheels, I visited popular sites on the must-see list, but also many out-of-the-way spots. Bogota Bike Tours is owned and operated byRead more

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

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

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