They’re Halfway Through Touring Every U.S. National Park

In December we introduced you to a couple who quit their jobs, loaded their possessions into an Airstream travel trailer and set off to visit every national park in the United States. Stefanie Payne and Jonathan Irish are now halfway through their all-American adventure, capturing it in real time on their Facebook page and sharing…

Meet Travel Blogger Nadine Sykora

Nadine Sykora is one of the most popular travel video bloggers on YouTube, with more than a quarter-million people subscribing to her channel. Known online as “Hey Nadine,” the spunky and fearless 28-year-old Canadian takes a refreshing approach to her videos, documenting excellent adventures and being upfront for the camera when things don’t go so…

Best Travel Books of the Summer

If you’re looking for an absorbing book with a travel vibe, the following lists I compiled for Independent Traveler provide a whopping 49 selections for your summer reading list. Most of these travel books were released in 2016, but we also included a handful of classics that are ideal for the armchair traveler. Six of the…

A Journey of Art

Even when I carve out time at home to work on my passion—creating watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations—I still get plagued by the “shoulds.” I should be doing the laundry. I should catch up on some paperwork. I should take the dog for a long walk. But when I brought my art materials with me on…

8 Father’s Day Gifts Inspired by Maps

If you’re looking for something a little different for your travel-happy dad for Father’s Day, I’ve selected eight gifts that incorporate maps in non-traditional ways. Wall decor: Here’s a gift that provides a surprise twist: Etsy vendor Bombus cuts letters out of solid wood and then lacquers onto them maps of locations of your choosing….

Rediscover Wonder in America’s National Parks

Your parents were onto something when they forced you to go on summer car trips to visit national parks, or when they shuffled you out the front door to play outside in the fresh air. You may have groaned at the time—and new generations of children may be rolling their eyes at the same thing—but…

Lessons in Life on the African Plains

A pair of thick-maned lions moved forward in unison, their hulking shoulders bulging as they ascended a hill. They were tailing another male, an older interloper who had infringed on their territory. The solo male bore days-old gashes and puncture wounds. Our safari group in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya tracked the cats for…

When Your Best-Laid Travel Plans Go Awry

We’ve all been there: You take the time to carefully plot out your transportation during a perfect trip. You get everything lined up and it seems like nothing could go wrong. Or so you think. As the following travelers prove, despite the best possible planning, something can always go wrong when you’re far from home…

Expired Passports: Stash or Trash?

Passports are technically property of the government, but rarely are expired ones kept by any government official. So what should you do with an expired passport? I’ve come up with five reasons why you should stash them, and three reasons to trash them. Read more on Independent Traveler

6 Modern Ways to Pass the Time During a Layover

I’m sure there are still plenty of people simply staring at their phones the whole time, or curled up on an uncomfortable bench trying to catch a snooze. But there are a lot more interesting things to do at airports these days during a long layover. Continue reading on Independent Traveler

Will Americans Soon Need Visas to Visit Europe?

European Commission is threatening to suspend the program that allows tourists from the United States and two other countries to travel to Europe without visas. The so-called Schengen program allows Americans, Canadians, the citizens of 26 European countries and a smattering of other nations to travel between countries in Europe without obtaining a visa in…

My Italian Friends: Dine with the Locals in Italy

There’s a marine biologist in Sicily named Emilio who is as fond of studying sea creatures as he is of cooking them. His house is in a seaside village called Torretta Granitola, and when he’s not crunching numbers in the lab, he’s in the kitchen, whipping up dishes with the fish he catches and with…