Sarah Youngson

In a city entrenched in rich history, it’s hard to know which one of Rome’s many architectural marvels to see first. Check out Italian Notes blog to get an insider’s view on the city’s five best steps. [Italian Notes] Will you be flying or driving to your next vacation destination? With gas prices still rising…

Always on the lookout for exciting new travel destinations? As the saying goes, often what’s more rewarding is the journey itself—in this case, the flight.  From the low-flying, almost beachcombing landings in St. Maarten to the high-altitude (6,588 ft.) Courchevel Airport in the French Alps, read on to hear more on the world’s 10 Most…

One of Nepal’s most famous and challenging treks—the 250-kilometer Annapurna Circuit—is set to undergo massive changes. A new road will cut the trek almost in half, turning the first 10 days of the hike into a 2-day drive. The development will give tourists and developers easier access to the region, but many worry about the…

Take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the bustling streets of Beijing the traditional way—by bicycle. The traffic may be wild, but you’ll find plenty of bike lanes, few hills, and sights to see. Here are some bike tips and places to stop in the city. [BBC] Offering the ideal mix of fun activities,…

With less than a month before the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu’s rediscovery, the L.A. Times continues to celebrate with “100 Facts for 100 Days” leading up to the milestone event. The ancient Inca citadel, and now World Heritage Site, was discovered in Peru in 1911 by Hiram Bingham III, on an expedition funded by…

Put aside your smart phone and spend your vacation off the grid at an Amish Bed & Breakfast. B&Bs in Pennsylvania Dutch country offer a glimpse into the Amish way of life, bringing visitors farm-fresh foods, trips to auction-style “mud sale” fundraisers, and the chance to learn about and connect with the “Plain People” and…

It’s the lively, chaotic atmosphere, and seemingly infinite variety of goods for sale that make the markets of Marrakech some of the best in the world. For over a thousand years, the city has been a top destination for shopping and honing bargaining skills. Read this guide for tips on taking home treasures from the…

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are up there on many traveler’s must-see lists, along with sites like the Grand Canyon and Machu Picchu. Unlike most destinations, however, finding this dazzling display of light isn’t always easy. Follow these tips, and head to Alaska, northern Scandinavia, and Canada to keep the odds in your favor. [Washington…

Looking for an escape from the daily grind? Take it slow, and you’ll avoid needing a vacation from your vacation. Destinations like Cosenza (Italy), Havana (Cuba), and Siwa (Egypt) are sure to give you that back-in-time feeling you need to wind down from the modern world. [Lonely Plaanet] Websites like Couchsurfing.org have changed the way…

Next vacation, head West! Offering 188 road trip suggestions from Mount Hood to Big Bend and everywhere in-between, this bucket list of breathtaking journeys also offers the destination’s distance from Los Angeles and a handy fuel- cost calculator. Why not head to Arizona for a walk on The Wave? [LA Times] Celebrate the summer season…