Rugged coastline along the Juan de Fuca Trail. Photo: Sara Perillo

Vancouver Island’s Juan de Fuca trail: A beginner hiker’s story

By Sara Perillo

It was a hot summer day when a friend of mine and I pulled into the parking lot of Sombrio Beach, on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. We planned to be there for the day and set up a shady spot on the sand to enjoy … Read more   Read more

Canada Adventure Experiences Nature & Outdoors
Whteaway Laidlaw, now Metropolitan Building, stands at the intersection of J.L. Nehru Road and S.N. Banerjee Road in Calcutta. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

When Calcutta Housed These Retail Powerhouses

By Sugato Mukherjee

In his sleek and self-illustrated volume ‘Jakhan Choto Chilam’ (When I Was a Child), the great Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray vividly portrays kaleidoscopic cameos of Calcutta (now Kolkata) of the interwar years, a city where he grew up.   Read more

India History
pork-dish Mamaku style.Wellington New Zealand

The women putting Wellington’s food scene on the map

By Kate Slater

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, is challenging its much larger sister Auckland for the crown of New Zealand’s best foodie destination. The people behind Wellington’s foodie credentials are a new generation of female chefs and artisan food producers making incredible local food.   Read more

Oceania Food & Drink
Oak Bluffs park photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick.

Martha’s Vineyard: A Vacation Journey Through Black History and Black Film

By Laura K. Wise

A friend invited me to share a house with her and a few other friends in Martha’s Vineyard over the Fourth of July weekend last year. Hearing stories of the Kennedys and the Obamas vacationing there, I assumed it would be a stuffy, pretentious community for the rich and famous. … Read more   Read more

United States Events & Festivals History
Cape Coast Slave Castle in Ghana. Photo: Rachel Flynn

A Journey Through the Door of Return

By Rachel Flynn

Most recently, I traveled to Ghana over the holidays with friends and family. I tried many foods like fufu, bofrot, and my personal favorite, Jollof! I sat in the notorious Accra traffic for too many hours to count, and I spent Christmas on the beach. But the most important thing … Read more   Read more

Africa History
bojnice-slovakia

Slovakia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

With spectacular mountains good for hiking and bicycling, dramatic castles, charming architectural cities, and a vibrant contemporary arts scene, Slovakia has much to offer tourists.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Black family traveling

Celebrating Black History Year-Round: 9 Sites in the U.S. to Visit

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Black History Month has been celebrated annually since the year 1926. First termed “Negro History Week,” Black History Month is honored each February.   Read more

United States Experiences History
Toro Graffiti Picasso

Picasso’s Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

Raised and educated in Spain, Pablo Picasso moved to the French capital in the early 1900s. Here he experienced decades of inspiration as part of the city’s buzzing Modernist art movement and bohemian atmosphere.   Read more

Spain The Arts
Fort Clinch on Amelia Island. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Life Under Eight Flags: Amelia Island

By Kathleen Walls

Amelia Island is a blend of cultures that lived under eight flags. It was a haven for pirates, con men, and hardworking settlers from many countries. From the Timucuans who met the first French and later Spanish settlers, to the Jim Crow era and the founding of American Beach, where … Read more   Read more

United States History
Black - Four in Greensboro NC. Photo courtesy of Civil Rights Trail

Discover Black History and Culture While Traveling the USA

By Terri Marshall

As a Southern-born white woman, incorporating Black history sites into my travel plans never crossed my mind… until I married a Black man.   Read more

United States Family Travel History
Typical Somali dish of fried whole fish, colorful rice sprinkled with raisins and chapati flatbreads. Photo: Cara Siera

Somalia in the States: Finding Immersive Cultural Experiences Close to Home

By Cara Siera

Culture can be explored in many ways — through conversation, clothing, dance, music, and more. As a recipe creator and food photographer, I’m a firm believer that food is one of the most intimate ways to connect with another culture.    Read more

United States Experiences Food & Drink
An example of unethical animal tourism. Riding an elephant in Thailand.

Animal Cruelty for Tourists’ Entertainment: An Industry in Need of Reform

By Bianca Caruana

As selfies with tigers, primates and other wild species front Instagram and Facebook feeds, tourists are now forced to question the morals and ethics of their encounters with captive animals.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
Northern Lights photo by Noah Cahill

Studying the Northern Lights: More Than A Pretty Picture

By Ann-Marie Cahill

The official scientific name is the aurora borealis, but they have many names. The northern lights, the Green Lady, merry dancers, guovssahasat, and revontulet or ‘fox fires’. No matter what you call them, they have been tempting travellers forever.   Read more

Europe Experiences Landscape
Welcome sign to Greenpoint. Photo: Alexandra Fletcher

Greenpoint, Brooklyn: A Polish Neighborhood

By Alexandra Fletcher

One December night, I walked up the subway steps in Brooklyn after a rough commute and an exhausting restaurant shift. When I stepped onto Manhattan Avenue and looked up, all my gripes dissipated under a simple string of holiday lights that read, “Welcome To Greenpoint.”   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
Digital Nomads - Plunkett and Maeve at Heyday. Photo: Tasha Prados

Combining Work, Play, and Community in the French Alps

By Tasha Prados

Climate change was one of the main factors Plunkett McCullagh presented to his family when he pitched using part of the family’s inheritance from selling their countryside pub to found Heyday Chalet, a new coliving spot for digital nomads in Morzine, France.   Read more

France Lifestyle Climate