Havana, Cuba's famous Malecon.

By the Malecon: Havana Nights in Search of the Real Cuba

By Jennifer Richardson

A block from Havana’s famous Malecon, I found myself standing on a curb, sharing a bottle of rum with my good friend and traveling companion Sandra, and three strangers. We’d all met earlier at a nearby salsa club tucked in an alleyway between the Centro and Old Havana neighborhoods, a … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path Architecture
Bridge to Eau Claire

Eau Claire’s Artistic Wonders

By Robin Raven

The American heartland city of Eau Claire is enjoying an artistic renaissance. Sitting at the junction of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in Wisconsin, Eau Claire is French for “clear water,” and water is a defining physical feature of the city.   Read more

United States The Arts
Mangrove forest in Thailand.

Looking Behind the Funhouse Mirror in Thailand

By Josh Fredman

The dock at Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand is as nondescript as any western restaurant patio. Wooden slats make up a narrow walkway with benches on either side.   Read more

Asia Sustainability
horno-albuquerque

Quirky Albuquerque, Five Things To Experience in the Land of Enchantment

By Melissa Curtin

Most people think of Santa Fe when visiting New Mexico, but Albuquerque, where Native culture combines with New Mexican and Mexican influences throughout this quirky city, is a fascinating place to visit.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
New France festivalgoers dressed in period costumes

Quebec City: Where New France celebrates its heritage

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

In 1608 the first Europeans set foot on North American soil. Samuel de Champlain, considered to be the founding father of New France, built a settlement that would later be called Quebec City.   Read more

Canada Events & Festivals History
Drum lanterns light the night sky. Photo: Kirsten Harrington

Central Florida Lantern Festival Shines Light on Chinese Culture

By Kirsten Harrington

The Lunar New Year is celebrated across Asia by gathering with family, decorating the house with red couplets and giving red envelopes with money to friends and colleagues. Also known as Spring Festival in China, this 15-day celebration starts on January 22nd and ends with the Lantern Festival on February … Read more   Read more

Asia The World Events & Festivals
My People’s Market 2018

Exploring Portland’s Multicultural Offerings

By Becky Garrison

The cult TV show Portlandia pushed Portland, Oregon to hipster fame, but behind the city’s heralded “cool” veneer, lies a white supremacist history. Black people were explicitly forbidden from living in the city when the state entered the union in 1859.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
King of the jungle. This white lion relaxes in the sun.

A day out amongst the white lions of Johannesburg

By Davison Matanga

Lions and elephants are nothing fantastic. They are part of the DNA of the land and they are not page turners. There is an animal park on every road leading out of Johannesburg.   Read more

Africa Adventure Preservation
Acadia National Park

Exploring Acadia National Park

By JenLyn Fitz

Acadia National Park is one of the fifty-eight National Parks in the United States and it is in the state of Maine.  The park’s original   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping Family Travel History
Viewing the Burundi landscape from two angles

A Trip to Burundi

By Breana Johnson

Ask any average Westerner, and they likely won’t be able to point out Burundi on the map. Although this tiny country is virtually ignored when it comes to East African tourism, that’s no reason why it shouldn’t be on your travel bucket list.   Read more

Africa Off the Beaten Path Food & Drink
Middle Kingdom. Photo taken by Ji Dong

Traveling in China – under the skin of the culture

By Jon Geldart

Travelling by train in China is not as difficult as you might first think, though buying tickets can be a fraught affair with the many booths and total lack of any language other than Chinese which can confront you.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path Rail & Road Travel
Hippo in Lake Naivasha

Welcome to Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley

By Derek Cullen

Stretching for more than six thousand kilometers from Mozambique to Syria in the Middle East, the Great Rift Valley is home to thousands of tribes and some of the most stunning landscapes anywhere in the world.   Read more

Africa Experiences
Forced servitude in Keyna. Photo by Matilde Simas

Human Trafficking in Kenya: A Nonprofit Takes Aim

By Jessica Barrett

Imagine a seven-year-old girl, spending her days not in school, but cooking and cleaning for a family in a wealthy suburb. Or a young mother struggling to make ends meet, lured away from her children by an employment agency and forced into sex work abroad. For millions of people, this … Read more   Read more

Africa Human Trafficking
Capt. Tucker and Hercules. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Cajun Culture in Lafayette Parish

By Kathleen Walls

In Southern Louisiana, French Canadian migrants settled and intermingled with the existing community to create a unique ethnic group, the Cajuns, whose culture continues to thrive today. Visitors can learn more about the Cajuns through a visit to Lafayette Parish, where they can explore their history, customs, music and food.   Read more

United States Experiences
Umbria

Perugia from the Outside In: Following the Locals to the Suburbs

By Anthony Paonita

Perugia’s lively historic center, filled with ancient stately buildings, can take your breath away. The Piazza IV Novembre is larger than most Italian hill towns’ main squares, with a large central fountain surrounded by Perugia’s foremost cathedral and medieval city hall.   Read more

Europe Experiences