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Solo Vacations are Good for the Soul

Edward Piegza | Posted 11.23.2016 | Travel
Edward Piegza

Here's to solo travelers, the rapidly growing breed of folks who strike out on their own to experience the world - even if a usual companion isn't wil...

Reality Check: In Cuba, The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Edward Piegza | Posted 07.21.2016 | Travel
Edward Piegza

"There are McDonald's and Starbucks all over Cuba now, right?" "I've already missed my chance to see the island as it was before the U.S. relaxed rest...

Dilemma 2016: Where to take your family vacation

Edward Piegza | Posted 06.03.2016 | Travel
Edward Piegza

I don't know about you, but in our family the idea of NOT taking a summer vacation is not an option. We all want and need that time together. To give ...

5 Travel Trends for 2015

Edward Piegza | Posted 04.14.2015 | Travel
Edward Piegza

The big-hearted interest in voluntourism -- blending socially conscious activities into an itinerary -- is an impulse we're proud to support in a broad sweep of locations from Myanmar to Peru to Morocco.

Overpacked and Under Pressure

Edward Piegza | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
Edward Piegza

Liquids, gels, pastes and creams are heavy. Oversized or half-empty bottles and tubes take up valuable space. If you weight it all separately, you'll be surprise at how it adds up. It's a rare hotel that doesn't provide everything you need.

A Portrait of Travel, from Kodak to Instagram

Edward Piegza | Posted 09.13.2014 | Travel
Edward Piegza

For a perfect symbol of how travel has changed over the last 20 years, I vote for that little cheese-yellow box of Kodak film. Oh, the debates we had about how many rolls of 24 or 36 exposures to cram into our bags.

70th Anniversary of D-Day: In Normandy, the Echoes Are Still Strong

Edward Piegza | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel
Edward Piegza

To stand ankle-deep in that sand -- back to the water, facing the bluffs that were lined with wall-to-wall firepower -- is a moment that etches itself in the imagination.

From Cave Painters to Cassoulet: A Trip to Southwest France 100,000 Years in the Making

Edward Piegza | Posted 07.01.2014 | Travel
Edward Piegza

I'll always be grateful to southwest France and Bart for giving me 100,000 years of memories.

Your Kids' Brains on Spring Break: 8 Is the New 12

Edward Piegza | Posted 05.26.2014 | Travel
Edward Piegza

With spring break upon us and summer vacation just around the corner, parents are once again faced with the age-old debate: When it comes to international travel with kids in tow, how old is old enough for children to truly appreciate a trip abroad?

A Landlubber's Galápagos Island Travel Journal

Edward Piegza | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Edward Piegza

Travel in the Rockies, and you're lucky to see a grizzly bear or a big horn ram through your binoculars. Go whale watching off the coast of Nova Scotia, and you will surely see whales but somehow you always wish for more.

The Cuban Contradiction

Edward Piegza | Posted 04.12.2014 | Travel
Edward Piegza

Cuba challenged me like no place else I've ever visited. Experiencing it firsthand changed me in ways vastly out of proportion to the length of the trip or the size of the country.

Morocco Hits All the Right Notes for Travelers

Edward Piegza | Posted 04.01.2014 | Travel
Edward Piegza

What I enjoy most about Morocco is that it comes with few of the pre-conceived notions we have about more familiar destinations. Here, it's easy to get lost in flavors, textures and moments so unexpected that they give you pause. What's more exotic -- and memorable -- than a vacation like that?