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Destinations I Visited in 2017

by adam on March 15, 2018

As usual, this post is super late. I try to do these year end round ups, but they are seldom done in time for the time crunched months of December and January. Nevertheless, 2017 was another year of exciting travel for me. In 2017, I visited 15 countries, a decrease of six countries from 2016. […]

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Best Stays of 2016

by adam on February 14, 2017

I stayed at 67 properties in 2016 (including two apartment rentals, one ship, and one klotok boat). Of those, seven were superb stays, eleven were excellent, and another 15 were noteworthy. To be clear, all of these properties are places I would rebook in a heartbeat. For this list, I did not factor in budget, style, geographic […]

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Ok, self promotion doesn’t get lower than this. But who cares. Are you looking for some weekend reads and travel ideas this chilly weekend. Here’s a selection of my favorite excerpts from my 14 favorites travel stories, all written by me. Some are even funny. Travel more in 2017! And enjoy! Departures.com, How Viking Changed Cruises […]

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Noteworthy Meals of 2016: Part 1

by adam on January 5, 2017

Noteworthy Meals of 2016: Part 1 Food as Source of Social Change and the Importance of Complaining For a travel writer, there are a surprising number of travel-related things I’m terrible at—foreign languages, reading maps, relaxing on beaches, and enduring other tourists. But I know how to do one thing exceptionally well: eat. I not only eat well, […]

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8 Favorite Destinations of 2016

by adam on December 28, 2016

Below are my 8 favorite destinations of 2016 in no particular order. Cueñca, Ecuador: For New Years, 2015/2016, my anthropologist friend and I spent 3-nights in the colonial city in the Austro (Southern Andes). The city is known for its 16th-century churches—Iglesia de El Sagrario and Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción are highlights. But […]

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Destinations I Visited In 2016:

by adam on December 28, 2016

As a reminder, nearly all my trips are work related, so don’t go getting any ideas that I’m some rich playboy slurping down poolside piña coladas at every stop (though I admit, I love a good piña colada). In 2016, I visited 21 countries, an increase of seven countries from 2015. Three were new countries for me: San […]

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2016 Year End Report: Kill Your Bucket List

by adam on December 28, 2016

2016! This year the world took a turn to the dark side that’s left many in a state of whiplash. Politics and global events turned 2016 into a depressing catastrophe we’ve only begun to wrap our heads around. Orlando, Istanbul, Nice, Brussels and Berlin saw terrorist attacks unimaginable ten years ago. And the deaths of […]

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Best Restaurant Meals of 2015

by adam on March 4, 2016

Best Restaurant Meals of 2015 I have a special box in my desk where I keep sentimental keepsakes. In it is a folder of memorable menus I keep. This past year, the folder became so overstuffed that I had to remove it and give it its own box. That, in a nutshell, sums up my […]

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My Best Hotel Stays of 2015

by adam on February 2, 2016

In 2015 I stayed at 80 hotels. But only the ten properties stood out. Nobody paid me to write about these hotels. I did not factor in budget, style or geographic variety to create the list. These are my straight-up favorite hotels (and one rental) of 2015 that offered a truly excellent stay. The properties range from […]

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Best Meals of 2013, Six months late!

by adam on July 5, 2014

Marisqueria Ribeira do Miño, Madrid   I never miss a meal. But I’m the king of inconsistency when it comes to this blog. Fortunately, the best part of writing your own blog is that when you’re six months late, as this Best Restaurants of 2013 piece is, there’s no punishment. Annual “Best Of” lists are […]

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