Sure, strolling hand-in-hand along the beach is cliché. But there's an undeniable romance to being by the ocean. It's in the salty air, the relaxed pace, small-town charms and sunsets -- preferably enjoyed from a boat. And the appeal of a seaside vacation continues long after summer ends.
In honor of Huffington Post Hawaii launching, I want to share a few of my own thoughts on what makes Hawaii so special to me. The pace in Hawaii is slower because they savor each day, appreciating the beauty that surrounds them.
As Lester Brown details in his latest book, Full Planet, Empty Plates, by 2044, the world population is expected to top 10 billion, and 80 percent of this will be in cities. Increasing poverty and the rise of a global middle class are evolving contemporaneously. Thirty years from now, national security estimates are that the global middle class will grow from 1 billion to 4 billion, mainly in Asia. The middle classes are meat eaters, and meat eaters consume many more calories.
How can humanity manage someday to support more than 9 billion lives on one small planet -- an island floating in an ocean of space -- without destroying the environment? Can our energy systems operate solely on renewable energy and still be affordable? Can we truly feed ourselves from local agriculture and maintain the diets of developed countries?
A glorious hush falls over the country's favorite beach towns in autumn. Crowds disappear and locals exhale. Here are 10 iconic U.S. beach towns where you can pedal along quiet boardwalks, kayak among fall colors, and score excellent post-Labor Day deals.
Whether the people of the Marshall Islands and many other Small Island States will ultimately be forced by climate change to leave their homes in search of higher and safer ground, depends largely on the actions we take -- the decisions that governments make -- in the next few years.
Suffering from Caribbean island indecision? Whatever you want from your tropical fix, Jetsetter has a stretch of sand to suit your needs.
Can American tourism afford not to allow topless sunbathing?
Go ahead and become a castaway for a day or two. Here are 10 secret places -- from the mysterious North Atlantic to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean -- where you can completely surrender to island time.
Each trip to San Diego started with the best of intentions. We wanted to visit the famous San Diego Zoo with our three young children. And then we arrived in Mission Beach, and it all fell through, like the coarse gray sand slips through your fingers. We were grounded.
Who says a boardwalk has to be by the ocean? Along Lake Michigan in the Windy City, the Navy Pier has got a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel a carousel, wave swinger, mini-golf, and remote-control boats in season.
Every so often, one of us would say how much the boys would like this while the other would nod, skip a stone or stare out at the sea.
This past July, I landed at Baltra's Galapagos airport with an unusual level of anticipation. I go to the Galapagos every quarter but this time it...
The Brits Love Disney World, the French are heading to beaches, Italians to big cities, and the Germans? They're everywhere (in big numbers). Here are the top U.S. destinations that are most popular with Europeans this summer.
I'm boring in Greece. I don't have a car, Internet connection, or TV. I slice tomatoes and cucumbers and sweep the apartment, learning to live with a perpetual dusting from dirt roads.
You know you've escaped civilization when you're swimming through a coral garden, with only green sea turtles and tropical fish for company. That's th...