Driving in Mexico

On my most recent flight to Cancún, a seatmate and I chatted about our travel plans.  When I said I was renting a car and driving in Mexico solo around the Yucatán Peninsula, she was nearly speechless.  I had...


Inca Trail photos

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Gallery

In recent years, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has become a rite of passage for adventure travelers.  By hiking the trail, you enter the park from the "Sun Gate" at dawn and are able to see Machu Picchu from a high vantage point.  Trekkers can snap some amazing Inca Trail photos of ruins, mountains and llamas along the way, and get images of Machu Picchu just as the morning fog...

Nativities From Around the World

Travel Souvenirs: Nativities From Around the World

One of my first Christmases after moving to Washington, D.C., I visited the National Cathedral.   An Episcopal church of neo-Gothic design, it's the second-largest church building in the country and one of the tallest structures in D.C.  I was expecting only to tour the beautiful cathedral and see the city from its observation tower. What I didn't realize is...

Two Weeks in Morocco

Two Weeks In Morocco Photo Gallery

With its dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, and intersection of Berber, Arabian and European culture, Morocco should be at the top of every adventure traveler's bucket list.  I spent two weeks there in its cities, winding medinas, mountains and coastal towns.  And one night under the stars in the Sahara.

To view the Morocco Photo Gallery as a slideshow, click on any photo in the...


Dry Tortugas National Park Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas National Park: Snorkeling, Day Trips & Camping

During a vacation to the Florida Keys, I took a day trip from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park on Garden Key, about 70 miles from Key West, Florida. With its white sand beaches and a secluded location, Dry Tortugas feels like a hidden paradise. But by far the reason to visit Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson is that it's the best snorkeling...

The Inca Trail

Inca Trail Packing List: What to Pack for Hiking to Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. By hiking the trail, you'll get to see smaller ruin sites and follow the path Incans...

Inca Trail Part III: The Trek

In November, during Peru's rainy spring season, I hiked the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu with my sister Holly.  We did the "classic" 4-day, 3-night version of...

Inca Trail Part IV: Machu Picchu

Located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the ruins of a 15th-century Inca city.  The Incas built it around 1450, at the height of their empire, but abandoned it a century later during the...

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