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Visiting With Cuba, The Stranger On Our Doorstep

(14) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 8:00 AM

Havana is a place that has been high on my travel list for years. My grandmother used to talk about going in the early 1950s, when the city was at the height of its glamour. From her stories, it sounded like the best of Vegas and Miami with European and...

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Bangkok: Visiting The Flooded City

(5) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 7:30 AM

The following is a dispatch from Indagare Editorial Director Simone Girner

In the weeks leading up to my Southeast Asia trip, I became a flood junkie, reading anything I could get my hands onto regarding the situation in and around the Thai capital. Some reports compared Bangkok to...

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Making A Difference In The Caribbean (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 9:54 AM

Dr. Philip Kramer, the director of The Nature Conservancy's Caribbean program, first fell in love with the region from under the sea. Originally from South Carolina and trained as a biologist and marine geologist, he has completed more than 2,500 dives all across the Caribbean, witnessing the incredible...

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Connecting With Tanzania And Creating A Market

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 5:30 PM

Only a few years ago, Connecticut-based Anne Wells pondered a question similar to the query pondered by so many travelers returning from Africa: "How can I, a 30-something-year-old working wife and mother of three daughters support real solutions to the many seemingly insurmountable challenges?" Working with locals back in Tanzania,...

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Why Berlin Is The Most Interesting City In Europe (PHOTOS)

(11) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 5:15 PM

By Indagare editorial director Simone Girner

In the eyes of any other world capital, Berlin concept-store impresario Andreas Murkudis had made it. His haute fashion emporium occupied a series of ground-floor boutiques in a courtyard adjacent to the Hackesche Höfe, home to Berlin's most exciting design shops. The Murkudis boutiques...

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Post-Earthquake Tokyo: Why Go Now (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 4:30 PM

From Indagare Travel's John Cantrell:

I almost always love the place that I've just visited more than any other place I've been. Such are the rewards of travel, and of being, I admit, a travel pushover. Not to mention the benefit of working at Indagare, surrounded by the...

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Post-Earthquake Tokyo: Why Go Now (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 10:35 AM

From Indagare Travel's John Cantrell:

I almost always love the place that I've just visited more than any other place I've been. Such are the rewards of travel, and of being, I admit, a travel pushover. Not to mention the benefit of working at Indagare, surrounded by the...

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Going Off the Beaten Path

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 6:39 PM

With all of the political upheaval in the Middle East, it's not surprising that quite a few people questioned my decision to travel to Jordan this spring. People lump the entire Middle East together, so they assume that because there is violence in Syria, Egypt, Israel, Bahrain and Yemen that...

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The Indagare Souk At The Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 3:40 PM

Shopping with a conscience is hitting Los Angeles this week in the form of the Indagare pop-up souk or global bazaar, which features exquisite handmade products from women's cooperatives in Mexico, India, Rwanda, Kenya, the Philippines and Lebanon.

For globetrotters and those who love to give back when...

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Cupcakes and Concubines in Beijing

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 10:21 AM

The last time I was in Beijing was in 1999 when there were more bicycles in the streets than cars. When I visited recently, it was announced that in 2010 18 million cars were bought in China. There are now so many cars--and luxury cars-on the street that the city...

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Back From Boot Camp: How Brutal Can a Spa Be?

(4) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 5:17 PM

"Someone has finally created a butt-kicking spa as tough as the Ashram but with beautiful rooms of your own and gourmet vegan food," a dear friend called me last summer to declare with great enthusiasm. I was skeptical; this wasn't something I was praying for. Of course, I had heard...

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Four Hot Spots to Visit in 2011

(5) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 1:40 PM

Given how much I travel, some people might think that I would tire of getting back on a plane. But even as I explore destinations -- in 2010, I traveled for the first time to Chile, Colombia, Croatia and Montenegro -- and return to favorites like Turkey and Morocco, I...

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World's Best Ecolodges

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 10:22 AM

In 2007, Hitesh Mehta left his full-time job as a successful landscape architect and environmental planner, embarking on a journey to scout and uncover the world's best ecolodges. Three years, forty-six countries and six continents later, his travels have resulted in a gorgeous, oversized book called Authentic Ecolodges (Collins Design,...

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Confessions of a Cruise Convert

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 11:06 AM

In my first two years as the travel editor of Town & Country, I logged more than a month sleeping on cruise ships. My conclusion: they are not for serious travelers and since I was an avid explorer, they were not for me. But last summer, I tried again and...

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Favorite Candy Stores

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 12:02 PM

Rooted in Celtic tradition, Halloween has worn many hats as the holiday for pagan worship, successful harvests, and the commemoration of departed souls. Today, it is celebrated all over the world with different customs, but for Americans, the holiday has come to symbolize mainly one thing: candy. The statistics speak...

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Five Places to Prolong Summer

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 2:45 PM

There are certain American towns that capture the essence of simple pleasures on the water and a slower summertime pace. My favorites all have shingled cottages cheered up with bright paint colors or potted plants and gingerbread trim. Mixed in with the tourist shops selling t-shirts and flip-flops may be...

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Basque Bounty

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 2:32 PM

When Elizabeth Gilbert set off on her now-famous journey to eat, pray and love, she started in Italy. But these days, the hottest destination for the traveling gourmet is the Basque Country. The region's restaurants range from renowned establishments known for cutting-edge techniques, like that of Martin Berasategui, to traditional...

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Trips of A Lifetime

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2010 | 4:01 PM

As a longtime travel writer, I am frequently asked: "What one trip should I make before I die?"

In all my years as a travel journalist, including as the editor of Town & Country Travel magazine and now as the founder of, I have avoided doing...

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Africa Insider: Liz Gilbert

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 1:24 PM

When Kenya-based photographer Liz Gilbert first started hunting for vintage beads, for her line of handcrafted jewelry, she received a text message with the instructions: "Go to the River Road and ask if anyone has seen the Pygmy. If you find him, don't ask questions. Follow him wherever he takes...

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Montenegro & Other Places To Go This Summer (PHOTOS, POLL)

(15) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 4:57 PM

For many, summer is the season of wanderlust. Kids are out of school. Parents remember the feeling of being barefoot explorers from their own days of summer break. It seems even more pronounced this year, maybe because last year many stayed closer to home and that has made some restless....

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