THE NAME “TAHITI” likely evokes images of palm trees, white-sand beaches, and turquoise lagoons — which is totally accurate. But the postcard version of a place is never anywhere near the whole story. Here are 12 things you might not know about these legendary South Pacific islands and atolls.
With dozens upon dozens of lions, as well as gorgeous scenery, and all the rest of the big five gang, Madikwe Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s most under-rated game parks. … More Looking for Lions in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
This post comes courtesy of @JetSetPup, aka Bobbi, my Bahamian potcake rescue turned medical assist dog. She runs her own Instagram account, where she posts pictures of her travels: so far she’s been to three countries, flown private once, as cargo once and commercial more than half a dozen times, criss-crossing North America from Vancouver … More A Pup’s Perspective: Sniffing Out The Viceroy Snowmass
One of my earlier Lonely Planet travel guides was updating Latvia. At the time they had me keep a “trip journal,” and here are some excerpts from the adventures in Riga and the countryside beyond. … More Adventures in Latvia
One of my absolute favorite travel destinations are the Islands of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Just an easy overnight flight from Los Angeles with very little time difference (no jet lag like you get when you cross the international date line and go to Fiji), these islands make for a great alternative to a Hawaii … More 16 Reasons Why I Really Love The Islands of Tahiti
On many Maasai Mara safaris in Kenya, visiting a traditional Maasai village is a highlighted experience – in fact, I think they funnel all the tourists to the same village. Even so, there is nothing “touristy” about the experience. Going there was one of the most memory-searing travel experiences I’ve had on this planet, … More A Bracelet & A Note: The One Where I’m Asked Out By a Maasai Warrior (Sorta)
Madagascar is one of the most fascinating destinations I’ve been lucky enough to explore. It was also the most difficult travel I ever did, although I think this had more to do with the fact that I was researching a Lonely Planet travel guide to the country, had to communicate entirely in French and had … More Talking Taboo in Madagascar