| Nov 14, 2011
| 9:37 AM
In the turquoise water of Mexico's Sea of Cortez, the sleek and tawny sea lion zoomed past us as if he were a Jacques Cousteau diver clinging to one of those handheld aqua scooters.
When he saw our group of snorkelers he stopped like he'd broadsided a...
| May 29, 2011
On a recent trip to the Alsace-Lorraine area in northeast France, I was hoping to stop at the new Musée Lalique in Wingen-sur-Moder, 28 miles outside Strasbourg and half a mile from the main Lalique factory. The museum, created from a former glassworks...
| Mar 13, 2011
He was the least aggressive among the dozens of locals waving sobe signs in our faces.
My fiancé, Jay, and I had just stepped off the ferry onto the Croatian island of Korcula, where the placard-carriers were standing on the dock, competing with one...
| Jul 17, 2011
"Florence has changed," my friend Alessandra told me on the phone. "There's a new spirit here."
"I don't believe it," I said. "I know Florentines; they're conservative people who hate change."
"Come and see for yourself. I'm going on a trip. You can...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 1:15 PM
TULUM, Mexico — Contrary to what many people might think, Mexico's Riviera Maya didn't pop up in the last 40 years like Cancun, just to the north and whose airport most folks use to get here.
The Maya populated this southern coast of the Yucatan...
| Oct 30, 2011
Three years ago, Quentin Derrick was eating clams at a beach-side restaurant in Da Nang. As he gazed east at the South China Sea, he couldn't believe what was rolling in.
Derrick has lived in Vietnam for eight years and surfed a good part of the...
| Nov 27, 2011
What traveler hasn't landed in a dreamed-of destination and found it crawling with tourists, fast-food franchises, name-brand stores and dollar-a-beer bars? The good bones of Charleston, S.C., which made the World Monuments Fund's list of imperiled...
| Mar 13, 2011
Today an app may be mightier than a map and far less cumbersome. Here are some apps to tap for Europe that are good for more than one country.
Apps that work on iPhone also work on iPad and iPod Touch just as Android apps operate on phones and tablet...
| May 14, 2012
| 6:48 AM
Anyone with a pile of money can build a big pile of a house, and back in the day, that's what you did. (See, for instance, "Downton Abbey.") But during the 20th century, a group of architects staged a controversial revolt. Why, they asked, couldn't less...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 4:39 PM
As winter looms and travelers line up for a Caribbean holiday, sorting through all the island options for the best values can be a challenge.
Four destinations rise to the top of the list when it comes to bang for your buck in the form of modest...
| Dec 18, 2011
Phileas Fogg went around the world in 80 days. I did it in 23. And I bet I visited more amazing sites than he — India's Taj Mahal, Easter Island, Tibet, Cambodia's Angkor Wat, the African plains, to name a few — all without having to endure...