My series on the philosophy of travel continues today by asking the question: Does traveling abroad offer a more valuable experience than traveling domestically? Think about it. Are the experiences traveling in your own familiar country of lesser value than traveling to a different country. “Where are you traveling next?” As a frequent traveler and working in the travel industry, this is a question I ask and receive most often. I’ve been to a couple travel networking events recently in which guests were asked to write on their…

As 2011 comes to a close, I’m coming up on seven months in my new home of San Francisco, California. I recently published my favorite travel photos of 2011. It’s no surprise that I featured several photos from California, including San Francisco, Big Sur, and Los Angeles. As I looked through all of my travel photos last week, I noticed that so many of my favorite photos from the year came from California. While I had traveled to California several times before moving here, I came here with…

I brought the pint of hefeweizen beer up to my mouth and took a satisfying drink as I looked out across the landscape in front of me. To the left, the lush green hills rolled along as far I could see, while just before me the cliffs dropped straight down where they were met with waves crashing against the shore. In the far distance, I was looking down at the thin layer of clouds that hovered just above the ocean and parallel with the cliffs. It was a rare,…

You’ve heard of Sleepless in Seattle – well I’m carless in San Francisco. However, I haven’t let not having a car stop me from doing my own exploring in and around San Francisco and even beyond the city limits. While I love San Francisco, it has been nice to take some day and weekend trips over the last few months. If nothing else, for an escape from the fog. While I don’t expect travelers visiting San Francisco to spend most of their time taking day trips outside the…

There was some finality today. I paid my last rent payment, bought another plane ticket, got my confirmation for the Los Angeles Times Travel Show, and verbally committed to a haircut. That means one journey is coming to an end and another is beginning. While 2011 has been marked by “slow travel,” spending a couple months living and traveling around Costa Rica, I’m following it up with a little more intense schedule. My first trip to Central America has been a hit. I’ve become quite taken with the…