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Italy’s Atlantis: The Story of Portus Julius

In 1990 I living in Italy as part of the US contingent of NATO. Strangely, I began to hear consistent rumors of an underwater city near Naples, Italy. Local Italians told me conspiratorially that it was their own Atlantis, but few knew much else about this fabled town. The legends grew over time amongst the…

What Smartphones CAN’T Do When You Take Them on Vacation

Smartphones, notably the Apple iPhone 16 Pro Max, are photographic miracles. They can see in the dark and rise to nearly all photographic challenges. If you’re within 10-15 feet of your subject, the newest smartphones are almost infallible in their ability to provide a bright, sharp photo—even if you make no adjustments and press the…

Travel Insurance: Don’t leave home without it!

Travel insurance is more than merely a prudent choice for safeguarding the funds you’ve invested in your holiday. An experienced traveler, I don’t travel more than 1,000 miles from home without it. Post-Covid, travel insurance has become a more commonly purchased travel accessory. The thought of having to shell out for the cost of a…

St. Moritz, Switzerland Year-Round

For winter sports enthusiasts, as well as summer vacationers, St. Moritz is a world-class destination. Besides its beauty and recreational offerings, St. Moritz has crafted a unique personality that makes it a perfect location for those seeking outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and nature. St. Moritz and its jet-setting patronage has practically defined luxury winter sports and…

Traveling with Kids: Tips for a Smooth(er) Journey

Children. They are our bundles of joy until they start making a scene on a plane or squabble in the car during a journey. Some portion of our childhood memories are fondly remembered family vacations. But you probably also remember those threats from the front seat when you and your siblings distracted yourself by picking…

Most Interesting Hiking Trails Worldwide

A profound sense of reflection and introspection accompanies a long-distance hike on a wilderness trail. The opportunity to immerse oneself in mile after mile of nature invokes a feeling of solitude that envelopes the hiker. Time seems to gain a new, different dimension as it seemingly slows down, granting the hiker not only a chance…

Black Sand Beaches Around the World

When we think of beaches, we typically envision stretches of golden sand. However, black sand beaches can be found in various corners of the world. Formed by volcanic activity, black sand beaches have an other-worldly charm, with their darkened grains contrasting against the vivid blue hues of the ocean. The black sand adds an element…

Glass Bridges of the World

Is a fear of heights instinctual? Most of us approach a steep drop-off with a great deal of respect, inching up to the ledge with caution. Many of us shrink at photography of free-climbers and tightrope walkers braving great heights. But what about that middle ground, where the danger from the height is illusory, with…

Major Amusement Parks in the US (That Aren’t Disney)

Amusement parks hold a place in the American psyche, and the current generations have grown up watching the evolution of the amusement park largely led by the archetype of all amusement parks, Disney. But there are many amusement parks other than Disney, and for families seeking an extraordinary adventure their diverse attractions, entertainment, and water…

Feeling the Heat in Italy

There isn’t a single wisp of smoke curling out of the top of Mount Vesuvius as we walk up its stony brown slopes. A few birds are twittering in the bushes, but we leave we them behind as the path rises above fertile ground. It’s silent, except for the scrunch of feet on clinker. It’s…