A Norfolk Tides' batter about to swing.

An All-Star Baseball Road Trip

For those of us to whom summer means hot dogs, apple pie, and baseball games, the recent Major League All-Star Game was a significant milestone. Marking the midway point of the season, the All-Star Game put baseball back in the national spotlight, a place where “America’s Pastime” has only been a part-time player for many years. But while attendance and viewing numbers for Major League Baseball have been overtaken by rival sports like basketball and football, there is one world where baseball still hits a clear home run: its extended family of local baseball teams that make up the Minor Leagues.

Barbosa with hat in car

Da Boca do Brasileiro: Diamantina Insights

Diamantina is one of Minas’ most charming and unpretentious historical towns, a beguiling patchwork of whitewashed houses, baroque churches, and cobblestoned squares. Get an inside look at Diamantina through the eyes of a local with recommendations of what to eat and what not to miss.

sawdust carpets in Minas Gerais

Magic Carpets of Minas Gerais

During the Catholic festivals of Easter and Corpus Christi, colonial towns of Minas Gerais decorate the streets in colorful “tapetes de serragem” — carpets of dyed sawdust.

A woman - Vera Martins

Da Boca do Brasileiro (VII)

Vera Martins has lived for years in Morro de São Paulo, a former fishing village turned mega tourist magnet that. She shares a few of the things that made her fall in love with Morro years ago when she arrived from the south of Brazil and found herself unable to leave.

Several skyscrapers jut up dockside and a long bridge goes out over the water.

Excursions from Seoul

Seoul can be a captivating place, but it’s always a good idea to set aside some time for a trip outside the capital if possible. South Korea’s hyper-efficient transport network makes venturing farther afield easy, and there are a number of destinations within a day’s reach of the city that would warrant far longer journeys.

A brick wall with '406 ft' painted on it in large block letters.

Fun and Cheap: Pittsburgh on a Budget

Operating strictly on a shoestring budget? You’ve come to exactly the right city. Budget living is practically a religion in some quarters of Pittsburgh, where a night on the town can be accomplished for as little as $20, and a day exploring the urban jungle can be had for almost nothing at all.