Why Mojave National Preserve Matters

There's a calming feeling for me, being out in the desert. The sky stretches from horizon to horizon, blue broken up by sparse clouds beckoning the mind and spirit upward. Few other people have crossed my path since exiting Interstate 15 in Baker, California, and the cares of the world seem far beyond my sight.…

What are Points and Miles Worth?

As we've talked about collecting points and miles, and some basics in how to redeem them for value, it brings up an interesting point. When using a credit card that can earn points or miles, there is an opportunity cost, typically the 1-2% cash back one could normally get from those purchases by using a…

Barcelona for Dummies

Editor's note: no, we are not calling our readers dummies. We are just trying to borrow some of the brilliance of the popular books. I am so excited for this post, as it's nice to get two different views on Barcelona - mine and this one from Madeleine. Full disclosure, while I may have accomplished…

Albania? Yes, Please!

Editor's note: I am so proud to host another amazing piece from Sam Spector, the traveling rabbi! For more of Sam's writing, visit his index here. If you are like me, you have probably had a trip… or three… canceled by the COVID-19 outbreak. Also, if you are like me, as you have been touring…

The Unofficial Best Museum Is…

If you've missed it, my Facebook group, Travelers Tell All (yes, please join), has been running tournaments to keep ourselves amused while we can't travel. We first decided what the best city in the world was, then the best US national park, and then the best man-made wonder. Now it's time for the best museum.…

Manchester Boddy and Descanso Gardens

Just walking in, the birds are easier to hear than they are at home, a pleasant chirping that is somehow audible over the gentle hum of people going in and out of Descanso Gardens in Los Angeles' La Canada Flintridge suburb. The steam of people is slow right now, as coronavirus scares keep admission down,…

Hanford and the Manhattan Project

Editor's note: this is the second article (of hopefully many) on The Royal Tour from Christian Grand. You can read all of his articles here! The Tri-Cities area lies a bit north of the Oregon-Washington border, and about 40 miles north of I-84. Many sections of the interstate overlay what was once the fabled Oregon…