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Posted by | March 14, 2011
Highlights of Curaçao

When I was getting ready for my recent trip to Curaçao, most of my friends and family asked: “Where’s that?” Or they said: “Oh, as in blue curaçao, the liqueur?”...

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Lastovo lighthouse
Posted by | February 18, 2011
On home and exile

The idea of home and exile has been at the forefront of my thinking. I guess that happens to a footloose drifter who imposes a travel embargo on herself. After...

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Posted by | January 25, 2011
War and wanderlust

I have an affliction: a serious case of wanderlust. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to travel, I can almost hear you say. And, true, there isn’t. But when travel...

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Posted by | January 6, 2011
The sound of places

At a recent loft party in Brooklyn, someone asked me a question about my travel writer’s life: “Is there a place in the world that you definitely don’t ever want...

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Posted by | December 30, 2010
Travel highlights of 2010

As 2010 nears its end, I reflect upon the year just passed. Things I’ve learned, people I’ve met, fun I've had, roads taken and dreams realized. As an homage to...

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Posted by | December 18, 2010
Behind the St Barths glamour

A couple of weeks ago, I spent four days on one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive islands, St Barths. On a magazine assignment to cover a classic luxury hotel, one...

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Posted by | December 9, 2010
Self-imposed travel embargo

I’ve got a confession to make: I’ve overdosed on travel. If somebody had told me that would happen a few years ago, I would have called them flat-out crazy. How...

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Posted by | November 28, 2010
The double edge of travel

A few days ago, my husband posted the following photograph that I took on our trip to Angola on his Facebook page. The title he gave it was: Hope. For...

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Posted by | November 15, 2010
Passports with Purpose 2010

It's that time of year, to make a difference in somebody's life by participating in the annual Passports with Purpose fundraiser. Last year, we raised 30K to build a school...

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Posted by | November 5, 2010
Life on Lake Nicaragua

I write this from an islet in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, as the rain pours, an aftermath of a tropical storm that swept Central America the last few days....

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