Alaska 2021

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I've spent two summers in Alaska, and a week on the Inside Passage , but I still jump at any opportunity to return to the state. The…
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Hawaii is an incredibly special place. Those lucky enough to visit are overwhelmed with far too many excellent options, but one of the best…
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I've always been curious about Maine, but I'd never had an opportunity to visit. I'd planned a trip to Germany, Austria, and the Czech…
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Pacific Northwest

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Idaho Bend and Sunriver Oregon Coast Olympic Peninsula Orcas Island Idaho Landing at the small airport in the town of Hailey on an overcast…
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I hadn't really thought about it before I visited, but Sicily's remarkable and consequential history should be obvious. Much of the history…
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France & Spain

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It was raining heavily when my flight landed Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, France early on a Saturday evening. Ducking through the…
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London & Bruges

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I took a red-eye to London. My flight landed at 9:30 in the morning. I'd slept fitfully, but was surprised to find I wasn't aching with…
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Reykjavík The Golden Circle Southern Iceland Southeastern & Eastern Iceland Northern Iceland Western Iceland Landing at Keflavík…
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Civil War History

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I spent a weekend in late October touring two battlefields of the American Civil War with my wife and in-laws. We left Washington on a sunny…
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Shenandoah Valley

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Lying between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians, the Shenandoah Valley is a stunning place brimming with…
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Vietnam & Thailand

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Days 1-3: Bangkok It took exactly 28 hours to travel from my door in Orinda, California, to my hotel in in Bangkok, Thailand. My finacee…
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Arches & Canyonlands

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For his 60th birthday, my father, who has always loved hiking, mountaineering, and the outdoors, decided he wanted to go on an adventure…
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Norway Tallinn Helsinki Stockholm Copenhagen Reviews Norway After my trip to Svalbard , I flew south to Bergen, Norway. There I met Lauren…
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“The bleakest barest most inhospitable godforsaken dead end of nowhere.” Arrival Horseback Riding Svalbard Museum Dog Sledding Hiortfjellet…
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If you live on the west coast of the United States, India is about as far away as you can get. It really doesn't matter whether you fly east…
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After my second year of law school, I spent half of my summer working at a big law firm in New York City and half working at Earthjustice…
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During the spring quarter of my second year of law school, I participated in the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic…
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Timor-Leste is a tiny half-island nation at the southeastern tip of Indonesia, about 400 miles northwest of Darwin, Australia. In 197…
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In the early summer of 2011, I traveled to Sedona for a brief vacation before starting my summer job. The town of Sedona itself is nestled…
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I flew into Lima in the early hours of December 14 . A desert city on the Peru’s western coast, Lima is known for its depressing weather…
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After leaving Florence on my journey to Italy in June of 2008, my family and I drove to a small town in Umbria called Lerchi. About a 2…
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I flew into Florence on a Wednesday afternoon in mid-June. Wrestling with jet lag, I went to bed early the first night after a delicious…
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My flight landed in Cancun, Mexico a little before nine PM. A shuttle took my family to our hotel in Playa del Carmen, a beach town about 4…
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Switzerland & Italy

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Landlocked in central Europe, Switzerland is an eclectic mix of cultures. In the north, it is predominantly German-speaking, in the west…
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The town of Skagway is nestled on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Alaska. It is situated at the northern end of Alaska’s…
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Britain & France

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The summer after my freshman year of high school, I spent three weeks at the Cambridge College Program, an opportunity for high school…
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Costa Rica

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During junior high school I was lucky enough to find a program through my school that took a group of students on an ecotour of Costa Rica…
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