THE NORDIC COOK BOOK By Magnus Nilsson

Magnus Nilsson is often described as a wunderkind. A food purist and surely as intense as foodie as you could imagine. He is the chef at Faviken, a restaurant in the remote Jamtland province of central Sweden. His meals are…

WHEN EMERGING MARKETS FAIL TO… EMERGE

There’s nothing like the expectant feeling of hope in the air, and we got a sense of that after a Tunisian street vendor set himself alight and ignited the so-called Jasmine Revolution and then the Arab Spring. Many around the…

IRAN: To Go Or Not To Go ?

NPR broadcast a story entitled 'You Are Invited': Isolated Iran Seeks Foreign Tourists, which juxtaposed the revolution's slogan, "Death to America," with its current international tourism campaign inviting foreigners (even Westerners) to its land. Over the past couple of years,…

THE MiiR 32 OUNCE HOWLER

Is Miir’s 32 Ounce Howler the perfect bottle for transporting your craft beer? Close to it, anyhow. These handy howlers are made of double-walled stainless steel for a vacuum-insulated seal that keeps cold things cold for upwards of 24 hours,…

AIRPORT HACKS FROM PROFESSIONAL TRAVELERS

1. Apply for Global Entry - U.S. Citizens can clear customs quickly with Global Entry. (Citizens of Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and other countries have similar pre-screening programs that work in tandem with Global Entry). Application involves a…

MARINALEDA: Spain’s Communist Model Village

Marinaleda, in impoverished Andalusia, used to suffer terrible hardships. Led by a charismatic mayor, the village declared itself a communist utopia and took farmland to provide for everyone. Could it be the answer to modern capitalism's failings? I was leafing…

THE TRUE LIFE OF AN EMIRATES FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Flying first class on Emirates was one of my all-time favorite travel experiences for its sheer luxury, its on-board showers, and its warm, impeccable service. Ever wonder what it’s like to be a flight attendant aboard one of the Middle…

CHEFCHAOUEN: The Blu City

Chefchaouen, a small town in northern Morocco, has a rich history, beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful architecture, but what it’s most famous for are the striking and vivid blue walls of many of the buildings in its “old town” sector,…

MARAMURES (TRANSYLVANIA) By Rena Effendi

When Rena Effendi went to Transylvania to photograph hay for National Geographic, she envisioned a fairy tale, someplace almost medieval. But when she arrived in the Gyimes valley, she was disappointed. The scenery had been spoiled, she thought, by modern…

HAINAN: The Tropical Chinese Island You Know Nothing About

Curious wanderlusters should head to the island of Hainan, in the South China Sea, before it gets any more popular. The tropical island with sprawling rainforest and pristine volcanic hot springs is a totally unexpected retreat from mainland Asia. On…

ARMENIA: The Wine & Food Festival

Armenia is a country where the boundary of the reality and myth is invisible. A country which existence is a myth, but the history is real. Armenians are ancient people in an ancient country. Their homeland is the plateau sprawling…

THE RICH KIDS OF TEHRAN

The young and rich of Iran’s capital are flaunting their wealth on social media. Will they escape the harsh punishment meted out to the Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’ dancers? A handful of young Iranians were sentenced to six months in prison…

HAKKA HAN ( 客家 ): The “Guest Families” In China

  The Hakka, sometimes Hakka Han, are Han Chinese who speak Hakka Chinese and have links to the provincial areas of Guangdong, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Sichuan, Hunan and Fujian in China. Although the vast majority of the Hakka live in Guangdong,…

TROPICAL ISLANDS: Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Resort

The dome is the world’s largest freestanding building, and it was originally owned by a company attempting to develop a transport dirigible. When that company went belly-up, a Malaysian company took the reins and created a year-round tropical paradise that…

THE BLUE POND IN HOKKAIDO

The Blue Pond (青い池, Aoiike) outside the hot spring town of Shirogane Onsen is named after is deep blue color which it owes to natural minerals dissolved in the water. Not promoted as a tourist spot until recent years, the…