Discover Tucson: A True Southwestern Experience

Tucson has grown from an adobe-hut village on the far edge of the Spanish frontier into a major Sunbelt city, and yet Old Pueblo has held on to the disparate cultural ingredients that have made it one of North America’s most unique destinations. Local Tim Hull shares how to find the true Southwestern experience in Tucson, as well as information on where and when to go.

What are a few tips for visiting Belize during peak season?

My one big tip would be to book your tours in advance of your trip if you already know what interests you, whether it’s a snorkeling trip or an inland excursion. Tours are usually priced lower when you reserve your spot ahead of time and higher for walk-ins. I also recommend that visitors check a hotel or tour operator's social media site for any discounts or package specials, which are sometimes posted a month ahead of peak season. My final tip would be to reserve your rooms in advance, as it's quite common for the best resorts to be full during the months of December and January in particular.

Visiting Belize: Where and When to Go

Belize expert Lily Girma helps you plan your trip with suggestions for when to visit and an overview of the different areas in the country—from the beautiful turquoise waters of the Cayes to the archaeological wonders of the western interior.

Visiting Nicaragua: Where and When to Go

Amber Dobrzensky offers an overview of the different cities and regions in Nicaragua to help plan your trip. She also goes over planning essentials, such as the best times of year to visit and required visas and vaccinations.

Snorkeling vs. Surfing in O‘ahu: The Importance of Weather

During Hawai‘i’s winter, from October to April, and sometimes into spring, storms in the North Pacific create very large, open ocean swells. Big waves are great news for surfers, but they’re a worst-case scenario for snorkelers and divers. Learn more about the best times to visit O‘ahu for both surfers and snorkelers.

Dallas & Fort Worth: Where and When to Go

Symbiotic fusing of disparate cultures is what sets DFW apart. What this means for a visitor is being ready for tradition and surprise—you’d better bring your blue jeans and your little black dress. Author Jonanna Widner gives an overview of the different neighborhoods and the best times to visit.

Want to Move to Italy? Plan a Fact-Finding Trip

Author John Moretti prepares those looking to live abroad in Italy with tips for a fact-finding trip. Unless you know the country very well already, you’ll need to visit the areas where you might be interested in living. Moretti reveals the best times to explore the different regions of Italy, and he covers currency and customs as well.

Popular Festivals in Japan

Almost every town and city in Japan has its own matsuri (festival) celebrating the new year, changing seasons, or a historic event. Author Ruthy Kanagy gives an overview of some of Japan’s more well-known festivals.