I saw the pod of orcas in the early morning, slicing through the wake of my cruise ship, the 102-passenger Spirit of Endeavour. The captain saw them, too, and he stopped the engines so we could get a closer look. What made the moment a world-class experience was the

It’s hardly news that flying is no fun anymore. Blame it on cramped seats, disgruntled airline workers and fellow passengers on the verge of air rage. Airports are jammed, security lines are lengthy, and onboard service is rudimentary at best. Chances are you’ll spend longer than ever on your flight

There’s no hotter travel topic, if you’ll pardon the expression, than green vacations. With global warming weighing on everyone’s mind, many travelers are suddenly examining how their habits affect the earth. But what is green travel? It’s more than just renting a hybrid car the next time you go on

Wen-I Chang is the visionary builder behind Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa, the world’s first, LEED Gold hotel, which opened in March, 2007. Now the Taiwanese-born hotelier, who lives in California, is about to unveil his next green hotel, Gaia at Anderson, California. Built for $14 million the hotel

BACKSTORY: Snowbird is a mountain lauded for its steep and deep terrain, 500 inches of powder yearly, and cliffs that inspire the craziest skiers and boarders to make the leap of faith. At its base sits the Cliff Lodge & Spa, a 10-story symphony in cement that looks like a

Take a great professional photographer, add the backdrop of Tuscany, and you have the makings of a great learning getaway. My colleague Howard Millard is offering his "Travel Photography in the Digital Age" workshop in the rolling hills of Tuscany from May 10 to 17, 2008. You’ll stay at a

(Banff Springs Hotel) By Ed Wetschler Go to Banff and Lake Louise next week. This isn’t some out-of-left-field imperative; this is good advice. And not just for skiers. March may be the most beautiful month of all in the Canadian Rockies, and given the region’s grandeur from late spring through

I first muddied my hiking boots with The Wayfarers in the early 90’s, when they led me on a week-long walk through the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. A few years later, I joined them on the Coast to Coast Walk of England, from the Lake District through Yorkshire

by Tom Passavant Hawaii may be one of the United States, but unless you’ve got your own sailboat, getting there involves a flight of 2,500 miles from the West Coast, which explains why no visit to the islands is truly cheap. (And good luck using your frequent flier miles to

What are the basic requirements for a good, affordable hotel room? "A clean, well-lit place," to paraphrase Ernest Hemingway. But if the novelist were traveling to Miami or Chicago today, he might well have demanded an adjustable Garden Sleep System king size bed, yoga equipment and free WiFi. Not to