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Destination Watch: Trestles Beach, California

In the October Issue of Traveler, our Destination Watch department looked into the ongoing controversy surrounding Trestles Beach in southern California, a shore made famous in the Beach Boys’ classic “Surfin’ U.S.A.”  National Geographic magazine Production Coordinator Jeff DiNunzio recently visited the beach and sends us this update. Just below San Diego’s northern border with…

The Greening of Burning Man

After returning from her trip to Mongolia, our Next Great Travel Writer contest winner Suzanne Roberts donned leopard pants and headed out to the annual Burning Man festival. Here, she sends us a dispatch about how the huge party in the desert has been working to become a sustainable event. Every year during the week…

Sustainable Sushi in San Fran

IT reader and cookbook writer Pat Tanumihardja sent us a note singing the praises of San Francisco’s sustainable sushi scene, so we asked her to share the details from her recent visit… Eat seasonal! Buy organic! You’re preaching to the choir in San Francisco, where sustainable cuisine is no longer a buzzword but the word…

Arrrghh You Going to Talk Like a Pirate?

Avast, mateys, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell ye that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day, yaar! (Pirates, although often crass, smelly, and generally disreputable, were still some of the savviest sailors on the seven seas…and therefore ardent travelers.) The LA Times Daily Travel & Deal Blog has a mighty great roundup of…

India: Life in the Fast Lane

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National Geographic Magazine has a fascinating story in the October issue about the building of India’s Golden Quadrilateral highway system, a 3,633-mile roadway which will stretch between the country’s four corridors. Check out this video to get a taste of the careening, cow-dodging drive that is simultaneously enhancing the infrastructure of the country and tearing…

Little Rock: Bill of Fare

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With all this talk of the presidential campaign crowding our news cycle, Traveler’s contributing editor Andrew Nelson sought out a respite at our last sitting President’s new library. The Roman Emperors constructed vast mausoleums and temples to commemorate their glory. Presidents of the United States build libraries. The William J Clinton Presidential Library and Museum…

Sleeping on Planes: The Jumbo Hostel

We know how difficult it is to sleep on planes, but we’re thinking that the Jumbo Hostel might redefine the experience. Here’s the scoop: A Swedish hostel owner looking to buy a new property near the airport decided instead to take a 747 that was headed for the scrap heap and convert it into an…

A Bike Powered Bar? Brilliant

There are a few things that get us going here at IT, and bikes and beer happen to be two of them. So when we heard about the bike-powered bar now roaming the streets of Amsterdam from the good folks over at Treehugger, we were instantly intrigued. Here’s the gist: The Fietscafe is a mobile…

Napa Valley Nostalgia

Last night, I opened up a bottle of Pinot Noir brought back as a souvenir from my recent trip to California, and realized how lovely it was to revisit Napa Valley through the smell and taste of my first sip. But I have to admit it also got me longing for barbecue. “Come again?” I’m…

Big Island Best Bets

Executive Editor Paul Martin has just returned from a two-week stay on Hawaii’s Big Island, and he sends along his insider tips. The view from Pololu Valley Lookout. While exploring the Big Island for two weeks this summer, I got plenty of advice on the local sights—from the best place to view the current eruption…

Tour Guide: “Lost” in Hawaii

Former Traveler intern Catherine Pearson is on her way to explore Australia, but she stopped off for ten days in Oahu, Hawaii on the way. We’re not going to suggest it was only for the purpose of taking the Lost TV Tour—no, she’s not nearly that obsessed . . . Recognize this beach? It’s the…

New York City’s Summer Streets

Friend of IT Corrie Pikul is an avid runner, so when she got the chance to jog down Park Avenue in New York City without having to mess with cars, she took it eagerly, as did thousands of other city residents. Take part in the last Summer Streets event this Saturday, August 23. While visiting…