The Essence of BURMA

One writer fondly recalls time spent in Southeast Asia's Burma, once the doors of tourism were opened. Burma (aka Myanmar) has more than 100 ethnic groups and a population of approximately 50 million people. Still, it is possible to find peace and quiet in this lovely country that borders China, India, Bangladesh, Laos and Thailand. Burma is my favorite place in Southeast Asia, and maybe … [Read more...]

Gone Glamping in Ventura, CALIFORNIA

Ziplining, a resort-style pool and luxe cabins make KOA Ventura Ranch a stand-out property. As a young camper, I loved cooking macaroni and cheese under the shade of pine trees and roasting s’mores late into the evening with my family. But the quintessential childhood camping trip was never all fun and games. I adored being in the woods and eating out of enamel dishware, sure. But I didn’t … [Read more...]

The Dancing Nymphs of Angkor, CAMBODIA

Will Ottley explores the Buddhist/Hindu temples of Cambodia's Angkor Wat complex and discovers the wisdom of ancient civilizations, displayed in the treasure trove of temples and monuments left behind. What surprised me most about Siem Reap, Cambodia was not the grandeur and sophistication of the temple complexes, but the overriding presence of the ‘feminine’. Walking among the ancient … [Read more...]

The Unspoiled Islands of Loreto: Baja, MEXICO

Whether you’re looking for adventure on the high seas or chllin’ on the beach and doing nada, a visit to Loreto Islands provides a secluded getaway and a taste of authentic Mexico. Located about half-way down the eastern side of the Baja peninsula, Loreto is one of the last unspoiled destinations in Mexico and one of its’ oldest settlements. The natural beauty of the area is largely untouched by … [Read more...]

Have Tesla, Will Travel: Get Charged at Airbnbs

Tesla has provided free charging stations to several luxurious Airbnb properties in California, which means drivers no longer have to leave their prized cars at home on their next road trip. Tesla’s new ad tagline: “Be free. Go far,” celebrates the new partnership between Airbnb and Tesla, which includes premier Tesla charging stations at 30 high-end Airbnb properties along the California Coast … [Read more...]

SHANGHAI: A Far East Family Feast

From the maze of lanes in the Old City market where locals haggle over live flinching bugs, to Pudong’s illuminated space-age skyline, Shanghai is a feast for the senses. Shanghai bridges the past to the future with sensory-rich experiences, but traveling with children in China’s most populous city needs clever planning. I’ve compiled some tips to keep the beasts at bay. First of all, the … [Read more...]

Unplugged in Ubud, BALI

The verdant rice fields, temples and spiritual village life of Ubud, Bali offers a back-to-nature family break away from tech driven tantrums. If my kids were left to their own devices during vacation, they would be eternally plugged into some kind of device: Minecraft, Youtube, Angry Birds, iTunes, iMovie… iDunno. I often question whether killer apps are killing kids’ appetite for real … [Read more...]

ESCAPE Traveler: A Mobile Vacation Cottage

Ever wish you could just pick up and go? The ESCAPE Traveler is a new 269-square foot cottage on wheels that can transport you to just about anywhere. No more booking hotels weeks in advance, trying to find the best rate. Take your tiny home with you and enjoy your own mobile accommodations. Just find a beautiful spot, hook up your cottage and enjoy living in it within minutes. Tiny houses … [Read more...]

CALIFORNIA’S Hotel Irvine Has a Hip New Look

The stylish Orange County lifestyle hotel has reinvented itself with a modern and vibrant design, convenient dining options (24/7) and innovative technology. The new Hotel Irvine grabs your attention as soon as you walk through its' doors with bold pops of color and a sleek, contemporary design. A wall of organic plant art, comprised of 14 synthetic jade plants, provides a cool textural … [Read more...]

SINGAPORE: Fabulous at 50

Join the jubilee and hit the ‘new kampong’ like a local as the lion city celebrates 50 years of independence. Singapore, a former fishing village, has transformed itself into a stylish powerhouse with rooftop gardens, gourmet burgers, indie flicks and nightclubs. Start off your stay with a fresh ginger ninja soda on the hippest new block in Singapore, Keong Saik Road, located on the fringes … [Read more...]