Unplugged travel. The term may bring to mind trips like canoeing the Okavango Delta in Botswana or exploring the wilderness of Alaska, like Christopher McCandless. However, right here in California, beyond the boardwalks, concrete jungles, and doors of technology companies like Twitter, unplugged vacations await the traveler who is willing to escape, including Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, located along the Central Coast in Solvang.
While air travel has much of its roots in America, it has been other countries around the world that have been innovating the flying experience. Nonetheless, the latest U.S. airport terminals show encouraging signs. The recent opening of SFO's Terminal 2 is a good example and represents a shift in America to make the flying more enjoyable. Here are a few of the best airport terminals in the U.S.
The otherworldly feel of ancient ruins and deep jungles at Siem Reap. The burgeoning arts and culture scene in Phnom Penh. Miles of pristine coastline in Kep. This is Cambodia today. Ravaged in the 1970s by the violence of the Khmer Rouge, the country has reemerged as a destination of dreams in a testament to the resilience of its people. Whether you seek traditional Cambodia or an experience off the beaten path, AFAR magazine’s Jen Murphy has your itinerary all planned out. One thing’s certain: There is plenty still to uncover.
I first came to India in 2004 to heal after my mother’s death. I immediately found comfort in a place that was so completely foreign, and I welcomed the distraction from all-encompassing grief. Years later, after having three miscarriages, I returned to this place where I made peace with the loss of my mom, to heal once again, and start a family of my own.
A national park named after a tree, and one that's said to have reminded people of the prophet of the same name in the Bible. Can't we do better than that? Here in the U.S. we have national parks named after volcanoes (Lassen Volcanic), caverns (Carlsbad Caverns), and an eruption that formed a beautiful lake (Crater Lake); yet in Southern California, in the desert nonetheless, there's a national park named for a tree? However, before you dismiss it like I was ready to, let me give you a better introduction to Joshua Tree National Park.
Head north over the Golden Gate and in about an hour you’ll find yourself rolling into Santa Rosa. The biggest city between San Francisco and Portland, it’s an easy daytrip, but packed with enough activities to easily fill a weekend or two. Add in a professional cycling road race, the Amgen Tour of California, and it has all the makings of a great family getaway.
Beer is inherently quirky and our culture only amplifies it, such as the fact that amidst duvet covers and juicers at Bed Bath & Beyond, you can buy a home brewing beer kit. It's the theme of many a country song, including Todd Snider's "Beer Run", which as you may have guessed, is about a beer store run. And then there is the town of Boonville, California, home to Anderson Valley Brewing Company, whose mascot is named Barkley, part deer and part bear, but really nothing more than a bear with antlers on top.
If you’ve never witnessed a man make love to a tart of the pastry variety, then you have never met Yigit Pura or seen the ecstatic flutter of his chestnut eyelashes and the pursing of his full Turkish lips as he takes a deep bite from a Chantilly-filled St. Honoré cake to the sidelong glance of a scandalized Frenchwoman down the row on the Paris metro.