Endangered Reefs and World-Class Diving: Why You Need to Visit Belize Now

Endangered Reefs and World-Class Diving Why You Need to Visit Belize Now

Three minutes on the clock. I look at my dive computer as I float above the mix of colors along the bottom of the ocean, dabbed here and there like a painter’s palette—here, a giant brain coral, there a waving purple sea fan. I wait patiently with my dive buddy, breathing deep. Suddenly, a click-click-click … Read more

15 of the Most Iconic Hikes in the World

15 of the Most Iconic Hikes in the World

The planet is crisscrossed with epic trails, from the Alps to the Andes. There are snowy summit trips for fleet-footed peak-baggers, long and leisurely rambles for wildlife lovers, and everything in between. While the options are almost infinite, here are a few epic hikes to add to that ever-expanding life list. 1. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania A … Read more

Exploring the Cuban Countryside: A Day Trip from Havana to Viñales Valley

Cuba The lush landscapes of Viñales Valley

In the past couple years, former President Barack Obama and the U.S. government have eased travel restrictions that have kept most Americans from visiting Cuba for more than 40 years. For me, that meant booking a trip as soon as I could—before the country, which currently seems like it’s almost stuck in time, inevitably becomes … Read more

12 Weird, Wild Winter Festivals Around the World

Frozen Dead Guy Days is not for the faint of heart

Let’s face it: Once the holidays are over, it’s hard not to start counting the (dark) days until spring arrives. But that doesn’t there’s nothing to look forward to during those long winter days. Around the world, communities large and small come together to put on seasonal celebrations that have fun with—and make light of—this … Read more