I’m leaving Saturday for a nine-day trip to Algeria, a return to Africa where I’ve wanted to explore more for so long. I targeted West and Southern Africa but Covid stalled my plan. I’m ready to hop on the bandwagon as African tourism is growing like never before.
With more people traveling after Covid, more people want to travel comfortably. Business travel has a reputation for being expensive but the comforts make it worth it. Guest blogger Harry Wilson gives three reasons to upgrade.
Italy, a four-time World Cup champion, already had not qualified for the last two World Cups and was in danger in not qualifying for the European Championships of which it’s defending champion. But it beat North Macedonia in Rome Friday and tied Ukraine Monday to barely go through. I went to the Friday game. Here’s my report.
You can find fettuccine Alfredo in nearly every Italian restaurant in the U.S. but hardly any in Italy where it was invented. Why? We went to its birthplace, Alfredo alla Scrofa, in Rome to find out. We also tasted it for the first time. Here’s what we found.
If you haven’t noticed, flights are getting more expensive. If you’re looking for ways to cut the biggest costs of your trips, check guest blogger Harry Wilson’s tips on finding cheap fares.
So many people make the mistake of coming to Italy in July. I have a better idea. Come now. November is a terrific time to visit. Flights are cheaper. Cities are less crowded. Weather is cooler. Yeah, it rains. Bring an umbrella. Wear a sweater. I offer 10 good reasons to visit during Italy’s off-season month.
Looking for a new backpack? Guest blogger Harry Wilson gives three tips on how to pick the perfect one for you.
Travelers’ Century Club: My new travelers group of 100 countries covers the scope of world and travel modes
Last fall I joined the Travelers’ Century Club, a club for travelers who’ve been to at least 100 countries and territories. The list is loose and the checklist seems way too important for some members. But it got me in touch with 1,500 club members, many of whom have traveled more than I. During our long weekend in Madrid, Marina and I attended the TCC’s Mediterranean Chapter meeting and dinner.
Segovia: Ancient Roman aqueduct and castle that inspired Disney inspires day trip into hills outside Madrid
We love day trips. We dedicated TraveLazio, our biweekly blog, to day trips from Rome. During our long weekend in Madrid this month, we took a day trip to Segovia, one of the prettiest towns in Spain. It’s touristy but it has a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct that puts the ones remaining in Rome to shame. It also has a castle that inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland.
Two weeks ago we came to Madrid for a meeting and found a city rapidly improving and vibrant. The public transportation is fantastic, the streets are clean and the museums still rule the culture scene. We could’ve used some coffee before 9 a.m. but the tapas made up for it. We spent four days in Madrid and came away with this report.
Lovcen National Park is one of Montenegro’s five national parks and offers some of the best hiking in the Balkans. I took two hikes from my luxurious hotel, including one to the tomb of Peter II Petrovic Nejgos, considered the father of Montenegro. The hikes aren’t difficult but they attract few hikers. Too bad. The views are astounding.
Thousands come to Montenegro for its superb white-water rafting. So did I. I came in September when the rapids are only Class 2 but the scenery made up for the lack of thrills. The Dinaric Alps consist of 50 peaks of at least 6,000 feet and Lake Piva and Tara River are two of the bluest bodies of water I’ve seen outside the South Pacific.