Discoveries

Story & photos by Effin Older It was my first trip to China, a 12-day guided tour that included Beijing, Shanghai, The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, and, to my surprise, eye-opening stories from the lives of our three Chinese guides—Abby, Stephanie and Cindy. Besides being experts in China, past and

By Ann Abel The world keeps growing. Every traveler I know says their wish list constantly grows longer. Deciding is difficult, so I asked my unofficial (but super-smart) team of advisers. They keep their ears on their clients’ interests and their eyes on the adventures they themselves have around the

By Everett Potter There are a handful of small private island resorts scattered off the coast of Belize, the ultimate getaways for beachgoers seeking peace and quiet in a stunning tropical setting. Seasoned beachgoers like to say that these islands are the way that much of the Caribbean used to

By Julie Snyder When Joe and I moved to Portland five years ago, we joined an adventure book club that convened in a wine bar. Groovy, we thought. Our new city’s quirky personality manifested in vintages and volumes, two of our favorite things. But we’d overlooked one other quirk. The

By Brian E. Clark In the middle of the 19th Century, roughly 400,000 farmers, miners, and others used the Oregon Trail – and its offshoots – to travel up to  2,100 miles from its start in St. Louis to reach their destinations in the West and begin new lives.  One

By Ruth J. Katz “Dazzling” comes to mind when you enter the imposing Corinthia Hotel off Trafalgar Square, housed in a stunning Victorian edifice.  Grandeur with a swathe of modernity. The lobby lounge features a “Full Moon” Baccarat chandelier with 1,001 crystals and it sets the tone for what is

Story & photos by Neil Wolkodoff Christmas may be the most magical time in Europe, and the best way to see both Europe and these festive events is a river cruise. Viking Cruises has been perfecting this itinerary longer than anyone in Europe (since 1997) and is expert at blending

  By Ann Abel While not as famous as Croatia’s seaside cities, Zagreb, the capital, has 900 years of history and no small number of charms of its own. It may not be story-book beautiful—and some soot-covered monoliths remain—but there are also wedding-cake confections of buildings. More important, it’s genuinely

By Monique Burns Halfway through a trip to Germany’s Rhineland, I find myself in Bonn. I’ve stood at the meeting of the Rhine and Moselle in Koblenz, wondered at Roman ruins in Trier and been dazzled by Charlemagne’s golden cathedral in Aachen.  Finally, I’ll head south to Wiesbaden, with its

By “Chez” Chesak What could be better for families than an entire 282,000-square foot museum devoted to the history and exploration of play? The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York is the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical objects related to play. We’re talking about