Guest Blogger

Food Fridays: Tastes of Morocco

Lisa T.E. Sonne has braved Arctic cold and remote jellyfish waters for Intelligent Travel. Now she faces her “inner chef” and finally learns to cook in savory Morocco.

Burning the Devil in Guatemala

Every December 7 at 6:00 p.m. sharp, Guatemalans “burn the devil,” building bonfires outside their homes to mark the occasion. The tradition has special significance in Guatemala City because of its association with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which honors the city’s patron saint.

But where did the tradition come from, and how is it changing?

A Royal Cremation in Ubud

Lisa Niver Rajna and her husband kicked off what would be a year-long trek through Southeast Asia by spending two months exploring Bali with no set itinerary. Their stay in Ubud happened to coincide with an extravagant cremation ceremony for a member of the Balinese royal family. Read about what it was like to witness this sacred Hindu ritual firsthand.

Going Greek: Why Now Is a Good Time to Visit

By Odysseas Papadimitriou Growing up in Athens, I suppose it was inevitable that I’d take the city’s natural beauty and historic significance for granted. But now — years after moving to the U.S. for college and starting my own business — my biannual trips back to Greece to visit friends and family have allowed me to…

How to Make Friends and Not Alienate People…in China

China is the world’s most populated country. Find out how to avoid offending the 1.3 billion people who live there (and even make friends) by following cross-cultural guru Dean Foster‘s advice on how to navigate this vast and fascinating nation.

Baby On Board: How to Fly +1

When Tiffany Hawk told her pediatrician that her son isn’t in daycare, the doctor, astoundingly, said, “He’s not seeing very much of the world then is he?” As a travel writer and a former flight attendant, she cringed. Not seeing the world? Because he doesn’t go to daycare?

She promptly booked flights to visit family and friends, then, just as promptly, began to panic. She would be *that* mom. The one carrying armloads of overstuffed bags, venting noxious odors into the cabin, subjecting an entire plane to the ear-piercing screeches of a teething five-month old. Fortunately for all, she had a brain trust of flight-attendant mothers to tap for advice.

Rocky Mountain Blitz

When it comes to places that give you a feeling of discovery, America’s national parks top the list. But Rocky Mountain National Park took that vibe to the max last month when it hosted a BioBlitz within its borders.

A Change of Pace in Paraty

Paraty on Brazil’s Costa Verde — the halfway point between São Paulo and Rio — has become a center for laid-back artsy types and nature lovers looking to explore the rainforest-covered mountains and turquoise waters that surround the colonial town. Guest blogger Liz Behler offers a few tips to help you plan your visit.

Paying Tribute to the Ultimate Traveler

Tomorrow’s full moon offers us a luminous chance to pay tribute to Neil Armstrong, the man who redefined long-distance travel when he became the first person to step foot on the moon in the summer of 1969. In a statement, his family expressed a wish that the next time you see the moon smiling down at you, to think of Neil and give him a wink.

Eating Local…in Alaska

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Treasure hunting for edible gems might be the trend du jour for chefs lately — Danish super chef and scavenger René Redzepi finds and fries moss and plucks sea cabbages, while baristas at Durham, North Carolina’s Scratch Bakery infuse milk with backyard honeysuckle and lavender to spice up their espresso specials — but it’s been a long-time tradition for Native Americans.

Then there’s Alaska.

Traveling with Celiac Disease

In September, my mom will be doing something we used to find unthinkable: she’ll be traveling to Italy. What makes this trip such a monumental achievement? She has celiac disease, which means she can’t eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. That’s a tall order for a traveler to the Land of Pasta!

Or is it?

Carbon Negative Coffee in Nicaragua

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Halfway up a mountain in northern Nicaragua, between the steep streets of Matagalpa and the deep valley of Jinotega, lies a 1,500-acre organic coffee farm called Selva Negra. It’s a place where the trees hang heavy with giant lemons, papayas, and passion fruit. Roosters crow, hawks ride the breeze over the hills, hummingbirds flit, and the cows are milked by hand every morning. Oh yeah, and the shade-grown coffee tastes like chocolate.