The islands of Turks + Caicos are renowned for snorkeling, scuba diving and, of course, expansive white sand beaches. Yet, I explored plantation ruins, nature reserves, salt ponds and small restaurants, including one with an offshore conch crawl. Curiously, most visitors never make it to pristine Middle and North Caicos. These images offer a window into the personality of Turks + Caicos beyond the beaches.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Fiji is almost solely known for its stunning white sandy beaches, perfect for sunning, swimming, diving and snorkeling. But on my recent trip, I found numerous other sights and activities, including hiking trails coursing through the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park. One trail allows access to numerous swimmable pools with waterfalls and also provides bird watching opportunities. I also found an eco ethic at many of the resorts, including Castaway Island, Fiji, a resort on a private island. Given that this and other waterfront resorts depend on healthy coral reefs that are home to a variety of different fish and shellfish species, it’s no wonder that conservation efforts are underway to restore coral that have died as a result of climbing water temperatures. These photos show some of the numerous sights and vistas I discovered in Fiji, including Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Nanuku Auberge Resort, and Castaway Island’s North Beach that’s the focus of the myriad water-based and many other activities, including a massage table set up on the golden sands at the end of this beach where, at low-tide, you can walk around the rocky point to yet another and more desolate beach. (You can also kayak there.)
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Each hiking trail has a personality. Some are majestic, taking trekkers to high altitude where the summits seem to touch the clouds. Others wander through dense forests where the hiker feels enveloped by the foliage, hardly ever passing a village during their journey. As a hiker, I favor trails that allow me to connect with the land and its people, without having to risk life and limb to complete the journey. I recently journeyed to Spain's northwest corner where the province of Galicia is a treasured expanse of lighthouses, quiet coves, fishing villages and vast farmland. My journey took me along the Lighthouse Way (Camino dos Faros), a trail that may very well be my favorite trail in the world. To find out why, check out my recent article for Forbes on hiking the Lighthouse Way.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
My 7-in-1 travel wallet gives you versatility and practicality in a lightweight, minimalist silhouette, whether you’re traveling far afield or on your home turf. It can be used as a traditional wallet that you place in your purse, or wear it over your shoulder, as a clutch, a wristlet, crossbody, on your belt, or around your waist. (Bye,bye fanny bag that id’s you as a tourist.) Plenty of zippered compartments and slots allow you to organize your passport, credit cards, money, driver’s license, business cards, lip balm, sunscreen, pen, and more.