Tales from the Road: Villareal rodeo

During the third week of March each year, the small town of Villareal, Costa Rica holds its annual Fiestas Patronales (Patron Saint Festival). Designed to celebrate and showcase the bravery and skills of the local cattlemen, it’s the biggest event in this little corner of Guanacaste Province. The Villareal rodeo is the highlight of the […]

Review of The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost

My latest book recommendation for solo travelers is The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost. It’s the true story of author Rachel Friedman’s personal evolution through travel. In the beginning, she’s your stereotypical “good girl.” She tries to please everyone and focuses so much on that, she can’t see anything beyond her immediate surrounds. And […]

top travel apps - Meetup.com

One of the newest travel apps I’ve added to my smartphone is Meetup.com and it’s rapidly becoming a staple of my social life. This despite having the worst corporate logo I’ve ever seen. I’d love to pick the brains of the Meetup Marketing team that decided that “bloodsplatter” was the imagery they wanted to associate […]

solo traveler book recommendation: Into the Wild

When trying to come up with a solo traveler book recommendation, a number of excellent works immediately spring to mind. Jon Krakauer’s 1997 non-fiction work Into the Wild tops the list, though, because of its ability to simultaneously inspire and haunt readers. I consider it a must-read for all of those who wander in search of something […]

Country security websites

Is it safe to travel to <your intended destination>? It’s a common question for travelers. It’s also one that you can always find an answer to by doing a little research. And the websites listed at the end of this post are a great place to start. Note that each of these is a government-run, […]

“I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push […]

By Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz) - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=86067624

So here I am in San Jose, Costa Rica, the only city I’ve ever been in that’s uglier than San Jose, California. And for those of you who have never been to San Jose, California, let me tell you, that’s saying a lot. The two towns actually have a lot in common: they’re wholly uninspiring, […]

Solo Traveler Book Recommendation - Giant Steps

My latest book recommendation for solo travelers is Giant Steps: The Remarkable Story of the Goliath Expedition From Punta Arenas to Russia. The back story is that in November 1998, Karl Bushby, a 29-year-old British ex-paratrooper, set out to walk from Punta Arenas in far southern Chile to his home in Hull, England. That’s a […]

Nice links

The following information about Nice should prove useful as you explore France’s fifth largest city. If there is any additional information you think we should add, please let us know via the COMMENT form at the bottom of the page. Weather Click for weather forecast Emergency Services Dial 112 if you are in urgent need […]

solo traveler burnout

In the spring of 2010 I set off alone on an 8 ½ month trek through Central and South America with no plans, no timetable, and no obligations. From the beginning of March until the middle of November I traveled almost entirely on a whim. I based my itinerary on the conversations I had with […]

bondi to coogee coastal walk

The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is an easily accessible and not too strenuous way to get up close to some of the spectacular coastline in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The walk hugs the coast for 3 1/2 miles and consists of a gently rolling path with occasional stairs. On sunny days, it provides spectacular photo […]

Information for New York City

The following tourist information for New York City should prove useful as you explore America’s largest and most iconic city. If there is any additional information you think we should add, let us know via the COMMENT form at the bottom of the page. Weather Click for weather forecast Emergency Services Dial 911 if you […]

Irish town

AirBnB is very popular, widespread, and fairly reasonably priced in Ireland. As a result, you’ll find that most towns currently offer a wide variety of rental options to tourists. The first part of this post lets you know what to expect in a typical Irish AirBnB and gives you some advice on what to bring […]

Linda's Special Waffle

If you’re looking for breakfast in Santa Cruz California, you’ve got a lot of great options. The combination of a beachy, outdoor vibe, warm weather most of the year, and a young, very social population means people really get into breakfast here. And that’s great because you end up with menus filled with locally sourced, […]

travel safely and travel mindfully

The following tips should help you travel safely and travel mindfully when traveling alone. They include issues that you’ll likely have to deal with. Some of them are fairly obvious, like watching out for pickpockets in crowded areas. Others are more subtle, like avoiding putting your bags in the trunk of a taxi if possible. […]

best food in Nice

If you’re looking for the best food in Nice France, you have an abundance of great places to choose from. On both sides of Castle Hill, you’ll find a wide variety of excellent restaurants, cafes, boulangeries, and patisseries providing delicious meals and drinks at all price points. The following list aims to narrow down the […]

Kite sufer on Lake Tahoe

View this post on Instagram Solitary kite surfer taking advantage of strong winds kicked up by an approaching storm front. Incline Beach, Lake Tahoe. Elevation 6,229ft (1,900m). Water temp: 43 F (6 C) Outside air temp: 39 F (4 C) Wind: Sustained at 25 mph (40 khm), gusting to 40 mph (64 kmh) Number of […]

Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe

Looking south on Lake Tahoe toward Sand Harbor on a surprisingly warm and sunny day in mid-November. The newly constructed Tahoe East Shore Trail, a three-mile-long biking/walking path, runs from the Harbor up to Incline Village and will eventually connect up with various other existing and planned Tahoe trails to completely encircle the lake. In […]

Autumn colors on the shores of Lake Tahoe

Vivid colors and crisp daytime temperatures signal the onset of autumn at Lake Tahoe, California.

Tahoe Surfer

View this post on Instagram Lone surfer hitting the waters of Lake Tahoe at Incline Beach on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Elevation 6,229 feet. A strong storm front kicked up a sizeable wind swell – enough to be rideable. Water temp:  49F (9C) Air temp:  39F (4C) Wind: Steady at 20 mph (32 kph). For […]

Patchwork of greens, Irish countryside

Small farms and fields and low stone walls creating a patchwork of greens in the Irish countryside. Over 1/3 of Irish residents live in rural areas, with County Leitrim in the center north of the country being the most rural. Despite a population of only 4.8 million people, there were over 137,100 family-held farms in […]

Pumpkin riot, Rodoni Farms

Pumpkins rioting at Rodoni Farms, Santa Cruz, California, October 2019. This photo shows the leaders of the mob trying to hotwire the farm’s pickup truck to make their escape. The uprising was apparently thwarted when the pumpkins realized they needed hands, eyes, and feet to drive. Rodoni Farms declined to comment on the incident, but […]

Irish shrine booth

A unique way to talk to God. This dilapidated phone booth in the small town of Castlerea, Ireland has been converted into an impromptu shrine to Mary. Proving that an Irishman’s sense of practicality is surpassed only by his sense of humor. It also gives new meaning to the phrase, “Can you hear me now?” […]

L'homme de Pierre statue

L’homme de Pierre (Stone Man) statue in the courtyard of the Chapelle-Saint-Elme in Villefranche-sur-mer. Created by artist Max Cartier, it is one of a number of stone men statues created in the late 1980s. Visitors who fly into Nice will have seen a similar statue, Le Voyageur (The Traveler), in the roundabout between Terminal 1 […]

Gar Woods pier, Lake Tahoe

Snow clouds building over the Gar Woods pier on Lake Tahoe at sunset. Located in Carnelian Bay on the northwest side of the lake, Gar Woods has an outdoor patio ideal for drinking and dining during the short but spectacular summer season.