Magic on the Algerian Border
Apr21

Magic on the Algerian Border

Oasis at Taghit Flies swarmed around her eyes. She was a frail, wrinkled woman in her late forties, I guessed, but looking much older. Her face was dark brown, with tiny brown eyes to match. She never once swatted the flies away. She sat in the sand beneath a date palm tree that offered a thin veil of shade. She wore a tan cloth wrapped around her head. The strands of gray hair that had slipped out from under it were stuck to her...

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At Play in the Algerian Sahara
Mar31

At Play in the Algerian Sahara

Trekking the Algerian Sahara Taghit’s finest had agreed to supply a camel caravan to take me and my three traveling companions out into the depths of the Grand Erg Occidental — the portion of the Sahara Desert that most resembles an ocean — and come back for our remains, as they put it, in one week. Payment had, of course, to be made in advance. No explanation was forthcoming, and none was needed. After the appropriate...

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La Maison Arabe, a Riad in Marrakech
Nov11

La Maison Arabe, a Riad in Marrakech

When I first arrived in Marrakech with its wide boulevards stalled with traffic, chain hotels, modern buildings and palm trees, I felt disappointed. I could have been somewhere in Florida! But then I passed through the old city walls and a park where camels were sitting in a shady grove, smelled the exotic spices for sale in the medina, observed people wearing traditional jellabiyas, and heard the “call to prayer” from the minaret on...

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Responsible Tourism in Nairobi
Oct21

Responsible Tourism in Nairobi

I woke up in Nairobi, Kenya, fully rested after 13 hours on a bus to arrive there. I had been living in Tanzania doing aid work, and was eager for a long weekend in a new country. However, with tourism being one of the leading economic sectors in East Africa, it’s always been important to me to participate responsibly. During my time in Nairobi, I made sure to only put as much of my money towards organizations and outings that would...

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Peli Peli, Houston’s South African Sunset
Sep23

Peli Peli, Houston’s South African Sunset

Enjoy South African Cuisine in Houston Peli Peli for South African Fusion My husband and I traveled into the Uptown District of the city of Houston for an exotic tasting experience at a local restaurant called Peli Peli, which specializes in South African fusion. Under a dome-shaped room with warm LED lights accentuating waves, like the soft South Africa sands, I took in the ambiance. The hue of comfortable colors had me imagining a...

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Funny Travel Lessons
Jun11

Funny Travel Lessons

My Initiation Traveling has been like my own personal eccentric Kung Fu master. When I began I expected to be gently washed of my narrow world view, but that is not what the teacher had in mind. Rote repetition, bruises, and often just straight up weirdness was to be my guide. Here are six life changing lessons I learned on the not-so-glorious side of the road: The Original Position A friend of mine who lived in Korea for a year...

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The Gorilla and More in Rwanda (video)
Mar13

The Gorilla and More in Rwanda (video)

Rwanda Travel is More Than Gorillas Meeting with Belise of Rwanda Tourism I met with Belise at the 2016 Los Angeles Travel and Adventure show in Long Beach last weekend to discuss gorillas, flora and fauna and how much Rwanda has changed after their brutal, and thankfully over, war. Watch the video to learn more. For more about travel in Rwanda Rwanda on In The Know Traveler The Rwanda Factbook Rwanda...

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Tours in Swaziland
Mar04

Tours in Swaziland

Tours Developing in Swaziland Swaziland tops Africa¹s adventure travel hotlist in 2016 It may be southern Africa¹s smallest country but the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland is set to become African’s adventure capital in 2016. A burst of tour operators have introduced new Swaziland itineraries – many focussed exclusively on the country for the first time. There is a huge range of high quality adventure activities on offer in this...

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The Long Walk to Freedom
Jul29

The Long Walk to Freedom

A Walk Toward Freedom My Favorite Memory of South Africa They must have been 12, some older or younger, maybe 100 in all. They were kids in school uniforms, maroon sweaters with gold accents, whites shirts with gray slacks or dresses, coming up the driveway laughing and joking as kids on field trips do. I could hear them before I saw them, and they were on the opposite side of the fence along my path. I had already been inside the...

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Camera Talk: Travel Portrait Photography
Apr07

Camera Talk: Travel Portrait Photography

Travel Portrait Photography Travel Portrait Photography in Botswana I remember once taking a photograph of a man in Botswana when I was younger. His face was intriguing – beautiful and expressive. I knew it was going to make for an interesting photograph. He saw me take the shot from a short distance and was angry that I had not asked his permission. I had invaded his privacy and he walked away furious. When I looked back on the...

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