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Where the Wild Things Are 

Visit to the Albuerque International Balloon Festival

At Home on the Sea of Cortez

Rafting the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry to Bright Angel Trail 

Featured Travel Articles (456 Online)

The Traveler's Journal travel articles are written and hosted by David Bear, travel editor emeritus of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. These columns and articles have appeared in newspapers across North America. You can access these travel articles by scrolling our lists or using the search feature. 

Tulip time in the state of Washington rivals Holland's
04-03-2022

Multicolored ribbons unfurling as far as the eye can see, acres of blue irises, yellow daffodils and purple lilies all blossoming in the spring sunshine --  sights a traveler might expect amid the fabulous flower fields of Holland. But the state of Washington?

Carnegie's Castle in Scotland
03-06-2022

Private club at Skibo makes the affluent feel at home

THE MASSAHATTAN SNAP TUBE
02-21-2022

My short story published in the July, 1976 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is clearly fiction, but nearly half a century later, it still rings ironically true. 

 

Where the wild things are
05-13-2021

Life is a safari for animals and humans at the Wilds, a vast wildlife preserve in southeast Ohio.

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Doing the Kaibab Shuffle: A 25-mile rim-to-rim hike reveals many Grand Canyon wonders
03-04-2021

Looking up from nearly a mile deep inside the Grand Canyon, I saw only one twinkle in the otherwise total blackness.

One week before the mast
02-25-2018

A seven-day vacation on the schooner Heritage, off the coast of Maine, emphasizes relaxation and camaraderie

Backpackers brave wild animals, heat and exhaustion in wilderness reserve
10-14-2017

By several measures, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is South Africa's premier game park.

5 Reasons To Plan Your Winter Getaway Now
09-21-2017

Traveler's Journal mentioned in HuffPost article!

The melting pot of Malta
08-31-2017

Rich history has given this Mediterranean island an eclectic flavor

Getting Gaudi in Barcelona
08-30-2017

Architect Antoni Gaudi's vision left mark on Barcelona

The Many Mansions of Marrakesh
07-22-2017

"Colored cottons hang in air, Charming cobras in the square, striped djellebas we can wear at home"

King Biscuit Blues Festival
07-14-2017

Kicking out the blues in Helena, Arkansas

Rome in a Day
10-16-2016

One of the best ways to explore an unfamiliar city is in the company of a knowledgeable someone who lives there.

Bridge walk over the gorge
10-12-2015

You can stroll across under the New River Gorge Bridge anytime, but on only one Saturday a year, you can walk across it.  

Winging it: Soaring on a glider plane gives a bird's-eye view and experience
10-10-2015

The uplands of Central Pennsylvania have become a mecca for glider pilots

Mayan ruins of Caracol provide exclusive experience
01-30-2015

Caracol is the largest and most recently discovered of the ancient Mayan ruins in Belize.

Three Great Houses of England
02-10-2014

England boasts dozens of so-called Great Houses, the castles, palaces and sprawling estates established by history's wealthy and sustained  by their heirs. Here are quick sketches of three in the East Midlands about 100 miles north of London. 

In the Cradle of the Industrial Age
02-10-2014

It's common to think of Pittsburgh, with the steel mills that sprang up along tits rivers at the end of the 19th century, was the birthplace of the modern metals industry. But that distinction belongs to the upper reaches of the Severn River, 100 miles upstream from Bristol.

 

In Toronto, the arts scene shines
11-25-2013

Canada's largest city is a far more sophisticated place than the recent behavior of its mayor might lead you to believe

Put hoodoos on to-do list
10-18-2013

If you're in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, check out Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, a remarkable geological formation along Interstate 25.

Fall's Finest Foliage awaits in Ohio's Hocking Hills
10-08-2013

Although the great glaciers never covered these hills, they left their mark on the landscape. That's especially evident in the Fall. 

A Visit to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
09-23-2013

Starting October 9, hundreds of hot air balloons will fill the skies of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here's a preview with a Special video presentation

At home on the Sea of Cortez
09-09-2013

The American Safari Quest provides an intimate experience that expands notions of luxury at sea. Special Video presentation

Crossing Alder Creek
08-05-2013

Hikers encounter nature's force in West Virginia's Dolly Sods 

Door County - Cape Cod of the Midwest
07-25-2013

Peninsula in Lake Michigan makes lovely summer retreat

Taking orchids to Jan Mayen on the MS Hanseatic
07-20-2013

An Arctic expeditionary adventure cruising across the sea of the midnight sun to Iceland

Malta's Popeye village is strong to the finish
07-17-2013

Movie sets are generally struck when the filming is done, but this one has been preserved as a tourist attraction.

Unwinding in the Turks and Caicos
07-13-2013

Geographically, the Turks and Caicos are two clusters of low-lying, reef-ringed, sand cays in the deep South Atlantic some 600 miles from Miami.

Capturing a green flash
07-11-2013

A green flash is an atmospheric optical phenomenon. When conditions are right, at either the first moment of sunrise or the last of sunset, a brilliant, tight band of turquoise can flash along the horizon.

We come to Bury St. Edmunds ... and to praise it
07-10-2013

Cambridge is the quintessential university town, but many other attractions await visitors to the surrounding English countryside

Mex appeal
06-02-2013

Train ride through Copper Canyon provides 'Chepe' thrills

The magic of music in Nashville
08-26-2012

For more than a century music has flowed to Nashville like rivers to the sea.  We write a pop song. Check out special audio 

At Sea in the Lap of Luxury
07-24-2011

When it comes to luxury at sea, the Europa is as good as it gets

Naming Mount Obama - An Antiguan Adoration
08-23-2009

It is always a notable event when a politician from one nation is moved to confer such a tangible honor on a living politician from another country.

Casual Anguilla harbors miles of superb beaches
06-03-2009

Anguilla is nothing if not laid back.  Special Note: the Caribbean Tourism Organization selected this article as the “Best Newspaper Feature" and "Best of Show"

St. Maarten blessed with serene beaches
03-09-2008

Beach side resort gives whole new meaning to the notion of an airport hotel.

Bahamas' Andros hooks travelers looking for sport, relaxation
11-05-2006

The largest of Bahamas' 700 islands, Andros is mostly wilderness with precious little in the way of modern tourism amenities, but plenty of peace and unadulterated nature.

A touch of Basque
06-20-2004

A proud people maintain their identity despite competing French, Spanish influences

 

 

 

Featured Travel Releases


Recent Travel Releases (12165 Online)

Hotels, airlines, cruise companies, travel agencies, tour operators, adventure travel outfitters, local visitor and convention bureaus, state and national tourism offices all regularly release press information meant to promote themselves to the traveling public. You will find updates about big changes, travel guidebooks, travel books, travel events, travel tips, exotic trips, and everyday bargains. It is indeed news you can use. You can access these travel press releases by scrolling our lists or using the search feature.

100 Sites to See in Hawaii

04-24-2018

International Dial Code Directory

09-05-2017

Ski Québec-Charlevoix

03-03-2016

THE LONE RANGER ON THE SERENGETI

10-13-2015

AdventureSmith Explorations Thinks Outside The Boat

10-13-2015

Travel Worry Free with Travel Insurance?

10-08-2015

Unique Inns Spring Break

03-26-2015

THE REBIRTH OF A LEGEND: PALMILLA IN LOS CABOS TO WELCOME GUESTS BACK APRIL 20, 2015

03-25-2015

EXPLORE THE UNDERWATER WORLD OF THE MALDIVES

03-24-2015

LEARN TO DIVE IN TWO DAYS!

03-24-2015

Tours to England featuring Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) f

03-19-2015

Summer Adventures at Maine Huts & Trails

03-17-2015

$500 Savings on TourCrafters’ 2015 Italy by Train Package

03-16-2015

NEW ADVENTURES AWAIT WITH FOUR SEASONS SAFARI LODGE

03-12-2015

Action-Packed Outdoor Activities in Bar Harbor, Maine

03-12-2015

13 MOST ROMANTIC SPOTS FOR SPRING FLINGS

03-12-2015

Viceroy Zihuatanejo Sets the Stage for “Semana Santa”

03-10-2015

Castine, Maine Set to Celebrate the Hermione

03-10-2015

A Photographer’s Dream: India's Pushkar Camel Fair

03-09-2015

“Romance on the Delaware River”

03-05-2015

Indulge Your Passion on a Maine Windjammer Association Specialty Cruise

03-03-2015

‘Stellar Tourism Experience’ in Spain's Duero Valley

03-03-2015

HOTEL HASSLER ROMA ANNOUNCES NEW "FLAVORS OF A JOURNEY" CULINARY PACKAGE

03-03-2015

Richmond, VA to Commemorate the 1865 Fall of Richmond April 1-4, 2015

03-03-2015

Unique Inns

02-27-2015

TEL AVIV TOPS THE WORLD SMART CITIES AWARDS

02-27-2015

SECOND ANNUAL KO OLINA CHILDREN’S FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL

02-26-2015