Travel

The Long, Sweet Road to Santiago De Compostela

Seeking the tomb of Spain’s patron saint, pilgrims are overwhelmed by kindliness and the beauties of a splendid countryside.

Pay No Attention to the Spies on the 23rd Floor

For years, the KGB secretly spied on visitors to the Hotel Viru in Estonia. A new museum reveals the fascinating time capsule and all the secrets within.

The Man Who Came to Dinner

To help celebrate the 70th birthday of legendary journalist and gourmand R. W. Apple, Jr., the author travels to Paris for the meal of a lifetime.

Apr 2005

Once Upon a Market

In the south of France, one man recaptures the glory of the perfect tuna sandwich.

Feb 2001

Base Camp Confidential

An oral history of Everest’s endearingly dysfunctional village.

Apr 2001

Crazy for Adventure

After discovering lost Incan cities, Gene Savoy is searching for something even more exotic: the secrets of immortality.

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Is Just Like Amerika!

Go east, American friend, and discover why hordes of weekend hobos, lawmen, cowboys, and Indians are searching for the Wild and Crazy West in the woods of the Czech Republic.

Nov 2000

How to Take a Year Off

Always dreamed of chucking it all, but didn't think it was possible? Good news: Taking a year off to sail, trek, or see the world is not only a fantasy worth fulfilling—it could even be great for your career.

Jul 2005

Across the Great Rift

To a young Masai who gave up his birthright for the hustle and blare of Nairobi, a journey to the pure heart of Masailand offers a vision of what he left behind—and a glimpse of his people’s fearful future.

Mar 2002

Extreme North

Polar bears, ice fields, forbidding cliffs. Welcome to Arctic Circle yachting. The author sets sail for the island of Spitsbergen, the North Pole’s nearest neighbor.

The Great Hawaiian Traverse

Seven million tourists will visit Hawaii this year. But as the author and his ill-prepared buddy learned on a crossing of the two biggest islands—by bike and on foot—the native vibe endures.

Jul 2007

Into the Wilderness, With Skis and a Diaper Bag

Backcountry skiing is liberating, even with babies in tow and possible danger around every tree.

I Was Told There'd Be Enlightenment

A dozen tire patches? Check. 13,000-foot passes in remote Nepal? Check. A successful quest for transcendence? Uh, not really—but at least the views are glorious.

Mar 2011

Crazy Good

In the lower-left corner of Colorado, the little town of Cortez has a funky-weird vibe and some of the best new trails in the Southwest. No wonder Johnny T calls it home.

Aug 2010

Aconcagua: Everyman’s Everest

Though it's the second-highest of the seven summits, 22,834-foot Aconcagua is also one of the most accessible. Doubt that? Tim Sohn managed to summit on willpower, Kool-Aid, and, okay, yeah, a little help from the best in the business.

Mar 2009

Graveyard Shift

Far from Utah’s powder and Jackson Hole’s steeps lies a pig farm turned ski area where all skiers are equal: Paoli Peaks, Indiana. What it lacks in natural gifts, it makes up for in hours of operation.

Jan 2010

Life on Moors

The ghostly allure of Brontë country beckons a writer back.

Trekking the City of Light

Exorbitantly abroad with Mademoiselle du Pamplemousse.

Apr 2000

The Winter Casino

The Coast is Clear

Oregon’s best little beach town is wild, windy, and hundreds of miles from the nearest bikini. Welcome to Bandon. Where nothing ever happens.

Sep 2012
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The Great Mississippi Time Warp

Who needs to hear what life was like in the 1850’s? We’ll show you. Come on in.

Mar 2001
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Let My People Know

Behind Savannah’s sweet historic charm, there’s a secret aching to be told.

Nov 1999

The Real World

When reality television hits the road, so do Americans—in large numbers. The author looks at the good, the bad, and the ugly of reality shows as 21st-century travel guides.

Feb 2012

Life as an “Outside Person”

How foreigners fare in Japan.

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Sep 2001