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The ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ Championships

The ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ Championships

There was huge buzz and dancing day and night onboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Though the ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ program has been a fixture on all of Holland America Line’s cruises for some time, this sailing was particularly special.

Dos and Don'ts at Taiwan’s Night Markets

Dos and Don'ts at Taiwan’s Night Markets

A veteran of Taipei’s famous Shilin Night Market, my Taiwanese friend and night market guide, Evan, always goes caffeinated and prepared, clearly imagining his culinary targets and manifesting them like some sort of street-food-spirit-guru.

The Lure of the Christmas Market

The Lure of the Christmas Market

While my fellow travelers were obediently following the set course outlined in the daily program, my mom and I could usually be found shopping —and eating -- our way through the Christmas Markets of Europe.

Maya Tradition is Alive in Riviera Maya

Maya Tradition is Alive in Riviera Maya

Thankfully, there are many efforts underway to bring greater exposure and understanding to the Maya culture — a living, breathing culture that, even to this day, includes people maintaining a traditional lifestyle.

Driving in Huatulco, Mexico

Driving in Huatulco, Mexico

In a story in the Oct. 28 issue of TravelAge West, I wrote about my recent trip to Huatulco, Mexico, with my family. One of the activities I mentioned in that story was that we hired a private driver for the day. This turned out to be a great experience and a highlight of the trip.

Rappelling Into a Pirate’s Cave

Rappelling Into a Pirate’s Cave

I am a little bit of an adventure junky, so when asked if I wanted to rappel down a 130-foot sea cliff above the opening of a pirate cave landing onto a boat in the ocean, I had to say yes. I was at Roca Partida, a coastal area in Los Tuxtlas, located near Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico. The beach here is known for a sea cave that locals say was used by pirates as a hideout for their ships — the cave looks exactly like a cookie-cutter cutout of a ship, so it’s an easy story to believe.

Slice of Heaven in Huatulco

Slice of Heaven in Huatulco

On a recent trip to Huatulco, Mexico, with my family, we found ourselves craving a taste of home. One evening, we ventured into the nearby town of La Crucecita where we heard there was some truly outstanding pizza — maybe some of the best anywhere in Mexico. We asked a few locals in town and each one knew exactly what restaurant we were talking about.

How Not to Explore the Galapagos Islands

How Not to Explore the Galapagos Islands

On a recent trip to the famed Galapagos Islands, I was determined to stick to a strict travel budget. I had traveled abroad on the cheap many times before – through China for three weeks, around Japan for two, and so on – and I saw no reason why the Galapagos Islands could not be similarly planned.