Palo Duro canyon in Texas.

Texas’s Overlooked Natural Wonders

Once you get outside the hustle and bustle of Texas’s many major cities, there’s an enormous canvas of natural wonders to explore, from forests and canyons to tropics and mountains.

The terraced structure of Machu Picchu seems dwarfed by the mountains around it.

Trekking to Machu Picchu

Most travelers to Peru think there is just one option for trekking to Machu Picchu—the four-day Inca Trail hike. The truth is there are at least four ways to hike to the Inca citadel.

A male tiger rests on the leaf-strewn ground, his head turned towards the camera.

The Call of the Wild in Northern India

The Golden Triangle is home to some of India’s most spectacular national parks, some of which are also home to wild tigers. If you’re more interested in Mother Nature than in monuments, Northern India won’t disappoint.

(Re)discovering Glow-in-the-Dark Mushrooms in Brazil

the latest news to send my imagination into overdrive was the announcement, this week, of the (re)discovery of some very cool-looking, glow-in-the-dark mushrooms.

The “re” part of this discovery is because these Kryptonite-colored Brazilian shrooms have been missing in action for 170 years.

Having remained off the grid for 160 years, in the past few years there were reports of bioluminescent mushroom sightings in the Brazilian states of Tocantins and Goiás. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that U.S. scientist Dennis Desjardin, working with a team from San Francisco State University, and Brazilian chemist Cassius Vinicius Stevani, who led a team from the University of São Paulo, were able to actually hunt down new samples of Neonothopanus gardneri.

Silhouette of a few trees left standing beside a barren wasteland.

An Altered Landscape

ike others who frequently travel across America, I’ve often been lucky enough to experience the same places more than once. Whenever I return to a specific town or region, it’s always comforting to find at least some of my beloved destinations still intact. After arriving in Chicago, for instance, I’m always eager to check out […]