Jeannette Kimmel

The New Winnebago: Downsizing the Double-Wide

Like other devices that drive our life, today’s campers are smaller, more eco-friendly, and can be controlled by a tablet. “The RV has become a kind of app for modern peripatetic life,” says James Twitchell, author of 2014’s “Winnebago Nation.” “A whole new demographic is driving the market.”

Tea Time in the Amazon

The next superfood is brewing deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Guayusa tea packs twice the antioxidants of green tea and as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Local Kichwa people have long steeped the leaves to help them focus during hunts and help interpret dreams—and now, thanks to Brooklyn-based Runa, thirsty travelers can taste…

Leaving No Trace in New Mexico

“Llama trekking seemed a perfect fit,” explains Stuart Wilde, who came to the New Mexico backcountry outside of Taos more than two decades ago. “As an outdoor educator and conservation advocate, they help me teach about minimal-impact backcountry ethics and sustainable tourism.”

Tips for a Stress-Free Safari

Last year, my new husband and I ventured to Zimbabwe for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience to celebrate our milestone together. Neither of us had ever traveled anywhere in Africa before, so planning our adventure was both exciting and exhausting. Here are a few things we learned—both before and during our trip—that will save you some…

The World in a Cuppa (Tea)

Andrew McCarthy journeyed all the way to India in search of the perfect Darjeeling, and wrote about the experience for Traveler magazine, but you don’t have to go around the globe to sip on some of the world’s best brews. Here’s a list of teas that are steeped in local tradition—and how you can try them at home.

Traveling Slow in Costa Rica

When a friend invited me to her wedding in Costa Rica, I was ecstatic. But a few things happened between booking my flight and take-off. Life got busy. My guidebooks remained stacked—unopened—neatly on my desk. I made a reservation at an eco lodge in the Guanacaste region, on the country’s Pacific coast, but had no time to look into the activities it had to offer or the must-see sites around town. So when my flight took off, I had no plan. Little did I know I was an unwitting participant in the “slow travel movement.”

Tips for Traveling to Bhutan

Early fall is a great time to visit Bhutan — a tiny Buddhist kingdom nestled in the Himalayas. But it’s hard to get to (with only a few flights to and from the country each day) and even harder to know what to expect. I was lucky enough to make the trip to the famously…

Tours of a Lifetime: Bhutan

It’s that time again! Every year, Traveler picks the best guided trips from around the world for our annual Tours of a Lifetime issue (now on newsstands). In 2007, Boundless Journeys’ “Bhutan: A Journey into the Peaceful Kingdom” made the list, and for good reason. This active tour of the little-known Himalayan kingdom takes clients on…

Beyond the Bratwurst

There’s nothing like going back to your roots. So on a trip to Germany to visit relatives, I had no qualms about indulging in some of the heartier flavors of my family’s homeland. One of my favorite stops: Frankfurt’s Sachsenhausen neighborhood. Located south of the River Main, Sachsenhausen avoided most of the Frankfurt  bombings during…

A Taste of Le Marche, Italy

On a recent trip to Italy’s Marche region, I didn’t so much see the sites as I did taste the flavors. Nestled between Umbria and the Adriatic Sea, the Marche is often called “Italy in one region” because it encompasses  all things Italian in just one small area, from lavender-covered hills, to olive trees, to…

Atop Milan’s Duomo

I fell in love with our July/August cover, which photographer Dave Yoder shot from the top of Milan’s magnificent Duomo. Commissioned in the 14th century, the towering cathedral—which dominates Milan’s city center—took nearly 500 years to complete. A few weeks ago, I found myself standing in the center of this fashion capital. Just of the…

A German Royal Wedding

Sure, William and Kate might be the royal couple so far this century, but in 1525, Martin and Kate stole the royal spotlight in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (above), just 90 minutes south of Berlin. On June 13, 486 years ago, former monk Martin Luther (known for starting the Reformation) wed former nun Katharina von Bora, and…