The port of Bahía Solano. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Things to Do in Bahía Solano, Colombia

With a fully walkable town, hiking, nearby beaches, excellent diving and whale-watching excursions, and as the sport-fishing capital of Colombia, Bahía Solano is excellent place to base your explorations.

Hang loose and kick back at the Humpback Turtle hostel in Playa Almejal. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Where to Eat and Stay in El Valle, Colombia

El Valle is an authentic fishing community in Colombia. Here are things to do on your visit, from yearly festivals to local daily habits, interesting places to stay, from hostels to private cabins, and the best places to grab a snack or meal.

Cyclist in San Jose's Parque la Sabana. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Recreational Tours in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has scores of tour operators offering a complete range of options. Here are recommended general tour operators as well as specific recommended tours from horseback-riding and hiking to bird-watching and cruises and nearly everything between.

Preah Pithu T Monks in Siem Reap. By JJ Harrison ( (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Photography Tips for Travelers in Cambodia

Cambodia is a very photogenic country: spectacular temples that change personality with the shifting light of day, colonial architecture, river and lake vistas, forests and white sand beaches, and, most importantly, the country’s enigmatic and friendly people. Here are a few basic tips on how to get the best shots on your travels.

Costa Ricans have been rated the happiest people in the world. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Costa Rican Society and Identity

Expert author Christopher P. Baker introduces travelers to the rhythms of Costa Rican society, from its demographics and collective values to the Costa Rican identity as a country and as individuals.

Colonial architecture as seen on a Havana street. Photo © Gareth Williams, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Cuban Colonial Architecture

Cuba boasts the New World’s finest assemblage of colonial buildings. Spanning four centuries, these palaces, mansions, churches, castles, and more simple structures catalog a progression of styles. Learn how to identify the earmarks of each style in your travels throughout Cuba.

The picturesque Valle de Cocora and its famous wax palms. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Exploring Valle de Cocora, Colombia

Expert author Andrew Dier presents the best ways to experience Colombia’s Valle de Cocora for everybody from casual afternoon travelers to day-hike enthusiasts.

Moving World Artwork, Heathrow Terminal in London. Photo © Jim Linwood, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Five Women Share Their Experiences Living Abroad

Making the move abroad is filled with practical hurdles, like finding a place to live and to work, but what about making friends, becoming part of the community, thriving in your new home? From Japan to Mexico, here are the thoughts and experiences of five women on making the cultural transition to living abroad.