2013 Travel Trends, from ETC ’13

by Chris on January 27, 2013

What is the state of the American traveler? A few trends that I heard at the annual ETC conference in Orlando.

I spent this weekend at the annual conference put on by the Educational Travel Community (ETC), a place where tour operators and destinations can connect with universities and other entities that offer learning vacations for their alumni. If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen trips like this advertised in the back of your alumni magazine. This conference […]


Thinking about a career break or change that involves travel? Then plan on attending Meet Plan Go! 2011
Entrance to the Bent Pyramid, Dashur Egypt

Looking down the 138 steps inside the Bent Pyramid, I feel a little dizzy. My guide has left me to make the descent into the ancient artifact at Dahshur by myself, and I’m not sure I’m up to the task. A hint of ammonia wafts from the necropolis’ entrance; I’ve been told that the smell […]


Getting up close and personal watching a celebrity chef cooking competition at the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience.
celebrity chef cooking competition

By Kelly Goodman, Contributing Writer If you like watching chefs at work (and the popularity of cooking competitions on TV show that many do), then you’d love the Food Fight event at the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience.  Two teams, each made up of visiting luminaries and local favorites, competed on the beach to […]


Not every event at the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience cost hundreds of dollars. A look at the Sunset Barbecue, a new event added in 2011.
st croix food and wine experience

By Kelly Goodman, Contributing Writer The St. Croix Food and Wine Experience wasn’t just about stuffing your face. We were able to experience some of the island’s history through events such as the newly introduced Sunset Barbecue, where you spend the evening under the stars at Fort Frederik. Built in the 1750s by the Danish, […]


Rome at Easter

by Chris on April 23, 2011

Rome at Easter: Attending the papal Mass at Vatican City.
rome at easter

As I’ve written before, I’m not religious. But when we found ourselves in Rome during Easter Week in 2009, I figured we’d go all out and attend Mass at the Vatican (plus I figured that seeing the Pope would score enough points with my Catholic mother-in-law to get me in her good graces for at […]


Some of my favorite moments in Miami were spent exploring street graffiti art in Wynwood and stores in the city’s Design District.
Miami, Rainbow City by FriendsWIthYou, Miami Design District, Art Basel Miami 2010

It’s hard to tear yourself away from South Beach, especially the weather is nice and the beach is calling. But I found that some of the city’s most exciting art developments are happening on the other side of Biscayne Bay, in the Design District and gritty Wynwood, Miami’s latest hot neighborhood. When my cab dropped me […]


If you had all the money in the world to buy art, would you? My trip to Art Basel, the bigget Miami art fair, showed me that I have the desire to be a collector – but not the coin.
Mappa, a tapestry by Alighiero e Boetti, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

My favorite game when I go to museums is to pick out the one piece of art in the room that I’d most enjoy having in my house every day. It’s fun to play with other people, as you can compare tastes and debate styles. It also helps you realize what kind of art you […]


Art Basel Miami Beach: What to Expect

by Chris on December 11, 2010

Is Art Basel Miami Beach too fabulous for normal folk? Nope! I found my time at the gallery exhibition space to be much more fun – and accessible to this non-expert – than I expected.
Robert Indiana piece at Art Basel, Miami Beach

When I accepted a trip to Art Basel Miami Beach, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard about the fabulous parties, where celebrities such as Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Julian Lennon, swill champagne with the leading lights of the museum, gallery and art collecting worlds. But could an ordinary, unconnected person with only […]


Tight and bright, with sky-high heels and as much glamour as you can handle. That’s Miami style in a nutshell. A look at the fashion, design and people-watching I saw at Art Basel South Beach.
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The nail salon technician looked at the bottoms of my feet in disgust. “These are so dry,” she said, wrinkling her nose. “They need some work.” I winced, but I knew she was right. Since moving to chilly Seattle last June, I had changed my grooming habits – and not for the better. Flaky, unpolished […]


Sushi at a stadium? It’s typical fare at Seattle’s Safeco field, cited by experts as having some of the best concessions in Major League Baseball
Safeco field, Seattle

Last night marked my first visit to Safeco Field, where Seattle’s Mariners play professional baseball. I’m not a huge fan, but my friend and fellow blogger Meryl Pearlstein and her son are on a mission to see games in every stadium across the country. They scored a free ticket for me. Apparently the Mariners don’t […]