Paradise in Prague

In the heart of the Czech Republic, Prague is a vibrant, bustling city - full of history, political undertones, and a jubilant expression of freedom in post-Communist times. I received a healthy dose of Czech charm in this golden-spired city - and it met nearly every single one of my expectations. Cheap beer? Check. Friendly locals? Check. Rich history, sobering Jewish sights, and a vibrant nightlife scene? Check, check, Czech. In a time when the political center of Europe is…

Best gifts for the wanderlust-suffering globetrotter (pt. 1)

Traveling is not just a rewarding sense of fulfillment and adventure; it's a lifestyle. Whether you're on a year-long "discovering me" circumnavigation, or a three-day trek to your favorite big city, the point is travel requires some pretty serious skill. And the more you practice, the better you get. But you can't travel well without the right gear. Unless you're the hardest-core vagabond there is, who jumps on a plane with nothing but a wallet expecting to wing it every…

Hotel Spotlight: Marriott Coronado Island Resort

If you want pampering and relaxation with unbelievable surroundings, this is the place to go. On the quiet end of Coronado island, a short ferry ride across the bay from mainland San Diego, the Marriott Island Resort sits peacefully at the shore. This four-star resort is secluded just enough to let you slip away into contentment, but is merely a 10 minute walk back into the promenade action if you want to get going. For the perfect day: start with…

Misunderstood Amsterdam

The stereotypical picture of Amsterdam is a drug-dealing, porn-filled, freewheeling city of psychadelic misadventure. That's not necessarily false - the city is known for its loose laws on drugs, acceptance of legal prostitution, and a fun, lighthearted approach to experimentation. However, those elements alone do not comprise an accurate picture of the city - and those who do not take the time to meet the "real" Amsterdam do a wonderful city a sad injustice. Living part-time in the Netherlands now,…

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