Zanzibar – Exotic, Tropical, Relaxing

Zanzibar is an exotic, tropical island archipelago that is a semi-autonomous area of Tanzania. It even has a president of its own. The islands have a burgeoning population that is 95% conservative Muslim. The architecture of Stone Town, the major city of the main island, has a multi-layered history which includes, mainland African, Arab sultan, as well as German and British colonialists. Zanzibar has extensive …

Best Travel Socks & Tights

I am a huge fan of Merino wool as it makes the best socks and tights. I use these items summer and winter and consider them travel necessities. Why? Merino wool is soft, durable, resists odors, wicks moisture away from the body and can dry with your own body heat while you are wearing it. Merino wool is touted as keeping you warm when it …

Best Women’sTravel Shirts

Packing the right clothes can help make your trip easier, more comfortable and stylish. A few aspects put shirts into the Best category—cool-looking clothes that travel well, wear nicely, and are easy care. We want to focus on the adventure, not spending a lot of time taking care of our clothes. And the absolute best travel shirts, also, fit into one’s normal business or school …

The Oblivion Seekers

Review by Marta Turnbull I feel like I just time traveled through northern Africa of the early 1900’s. The Oblivion Seekers (translated by Paul Bowles) is a little book of short stories about dreamy desert landscapes; scruffy smoky kif dens; and the vagabond’s tales of impermanence. My two favorite stories are “Pencilled Notes,” and the one for which the book is named, “The Oblivion Seekers.” …

Soloing in the Desert

I am alone in remote wilderness in the desert of The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a vast area in the American West. The only sound I hear is the wind blowing through the juniper trees. It has been blowing all day, dusting everything with fine sand. In a low, protected-from-the-wind spot next to a 40-foot high, peach-colored bluff of sandstone and behind tall sage brush, …

The Dark Side of Cruises

 As you statistics fans may have already noted, the odds of getting sick or killed or maimed on a cruise ship are far less than many communities we’ve traveled in so we are by no means trying to discourage you.  Just remember, though, the fact you are in what feels like a very safe environment carries it’s own dangers.  In other words, you’ll be far …