Utah’s Goblin Valley

Editor’s note: like Sam, I have been to Utah’s Mighty Five. However, I haven’t had many opportunities to explore the rest of the natural beauty of the state. This is a place I’d never heard of, and am grateful to be able to add to a future itinerary. For more of Sam Spector’s writing, click…

Life as a Travel Writer

It’s still weird for me to think of the life I’ve built, and contrast it to where I was less than a decade ago. I was a suit and tie guy, working as the executive director of a large nonprofit organization, spending 60 or more hours a week in the traditional grind. I was also…

Argentina’s Blue Dollar

Please note that this article addresses a particular aspect of the Argentine economy pertinent to tourists. It is not meant in any way to make light of the very real economic issues faced by locals, especially those who struggle to begin with. When traveling, the subject of how to exchange currency can have some complications.…

Kota Kinabalu

Editor’s note: I had never heard of Kota Kinabalu until Hedy told me she and her partner were headed there as part of a Borneo trip. Now that I’ve read her take on the place, I’m just very hungry! For more of Hedy’s writing, make sure to click here to visit her index page. When…

Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires

The setting couldn’t be more perfect. Tango Porteno operates in a converted art deco MGM movie theatre, beautifully restored. The goal is to take us back to the 1920s, to the golden age of tango. Tables are set, patrons enjoying either a full dinner or - like me - a couple empanadas and a glass…

San Telmo, Buenos Aires

It’s a Sunday morning, so naturally I am on my way to Buenos Aires’ San Telmo neighborhood. I am joined by thousands of others, tourists and locals alike. San Telmo is a beautiful neighborhood on any day, but on Sundays, the area comes to life via the famous Féria de San Telmo, or San Telmo…

Why You Should Visit Savannah

Editor’s note: Like Sam, I also visited Savannah and Charleston in a single trip. However, my opinions are a bit skewed since I had a beautiful day in Savannah and nothing but rain in Charleston. Regardless, both are great, and it is wonderful to have these articles back to back from Sam Spector. For more…

Cincinnati Chili

It is, without a doubt, one of the weirdest local variations on a classic I’ve ever tried. A slightly sweet chili (no beans) served on top of spaghetti with a mound of cheese the size of your fist, the classic three-way is the default method of eating Cincinnati chili. It is one of those foods…

Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights

While Los Angeles certainly has its frustrations, it is a place that is unlike many others, and has so much that I love. Walkable neighborhoods, quirky vibes that change every mile or two, cultural diversity matched by few cities on the planet, and great food - these are some of the hallmarks of my hometown.…

A Visit to Charleston, SC

Editor’s Note: I had a single day in Charleston before I started The Royal Tour, a day that was so rainy and foggy that I couldn’t even see the water from a waterfront walkway. Even soaking wet and cold, Charleston was beautiful, and this longer look into this historic city from Sam Spector is making…