General Articles

Joe’s articles on travel, business, culture, sports and general interest have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, International Herald Tribune (Paris), Conde Nast Traveler, CNN Travel, USA Today, BBC Travel, TIME, Newsweek and Travel & Leisure.

Cape Verde IslandBest Places to Visit in 2018.CNN Travel

18 best places to visit in 2018

What do you get when you blend Brazilian, African and Iberian influences in a place already blessed with incredible weather and scenery? The Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa, which are finally coming into their own as an exotic vacation destination. MORE

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Africa’s Water Adventures.

Africa’s Best Water Adventures

“Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world … an empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest,” wrote Joseph Conrad in classic novella “Heart of Darkness.” MORE

Pantanal Jaguar
Brazil’s Pantanal,

Brazil’s other Wild Place-The Pantanal

(CNN) — Our boatman gets a radio call that a jaguar mother and two cubs have been spotted moving along a riverbank in the Pantanal wetlands of southern Brazil about 20 minutes from our present location.MORE

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A Guiding Force

They show is where we’ve been, where we are going and where we are right now. Without them it would have been much more difficult to explore our planet, carve out new states or countries, or plan the towns and cities we live in. They exist on paper, in digital form and even in our minds. MORE

Cruising, Asia Style. Bridal Guide

Cruising, Asia Style

It’s not often that you come across monkeys scampering across a tropical beach. Or coconut-palm-shaded strands where yours are the only footprints in the sand. Or towns that give you a police motorcycle escort because you’re the first tourists who have visited the place in more than 60 years.  MORE

Namibia's Caprivi Strip
Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. CNN Travel

Namibia’s Caprivi Strip

(CNN) — If there was ever a candidate for an obscure question on a television quiz show, it’s the Caprivi Strip in northern Namibia.
A classic panhandle, the ultra-narrow strip separates Botswana and Angola as it runs 280 miles (450 km) west to east from the main part of Namibia to the Zambezi River on the eastern border. MORE


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America’s Best Old Towns. Escapes Magazine

Old School Urban. America’s Best Old Towns

From coast to coast, old towns add bygone flavor to many of North America’s leading cities. Many cities preserve their heritage in old towns, neighborhoods that were somehow sidestepped in the rush to modernize MORE

CNN Travel article on Montreal's best neighborhoods
Montreal Neighborhoods.

12 of Montreal’s best neighborhoods

Montreal (CNN) — Montreal is home to more than 200 ethnic groups that have all stitched their own patches into the urban quilt, and the city is full of distinct neighborhoods — some created hundreds of years ago and others born of the 21st century.  MORE

Brazil’s Cowboy Country. DestinAsian Magazine

Cowboys and Wildlife-Spotting in Brazil

The Pantanal is the biggest swamp on the planet, a seasonally flooded expanse of grasslands, savannas, and tropical forests that harbors not only a unique cowboy culture but also the greatest concentration of wildlife in South America. MORE

Asian Surfer
Asia’s Paradise Islands.

 Paradise found: 12 crowd-free Asia island escapes

(CNN) — Finding an empty beach in Asia was a breeze a few decades ago, but it’s not quite so easy anymore.
As zealous souvenir hawkers follow busloads of tour groups to Asia’s most famous islands, discerning travelers must look farther afield for more authentic getaways. MORE

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Underwater Adventures. Montage Magazine

Underwater Adventures

Some call it inner space—the more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface that lies underwater. Since the dawn of human history, people have wondered what sits below the surface and tried to figure out means by which they could explore the submarine world.MORE

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St. Louis and Kansas City.

St. Louis and Kansas City bounce back

(CNN) — Anchoring either end of Missouri, St. Louis and Kansas City are 250 miles apart along Interstate 70. And while they have distinct personalities and urban landscapes, the two also have an awful lot in common, both now and in the past.
By the end of the 19th century, they had grown from burly frontier towns into cutting-edge urban America, MORE

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Alaska bush pilot Paul Claus. BBC Travel

 A Mountain Turned Runway at 17,000 Feet

Paul Claus dares to go places and do things that few aviators would even dream about.
“Wanna land some cool places?” is his opening line to those arriving at his lodge deep in the wilderness of Alaska’s Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve. MORE

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Mexico’s Hidden Gems. Bridal Guide

 Experience Mexico’s Hidden Gems

California might have its gold and South Africa its diamonds, but the glitter of choice in Mexico is solid, sterling silver. Discovered during Spanish colonial times, the cities of Taxco, Zacatecas and Guanajuato all boomed on a silver rush and continue to be the best places to shop for exquisite silver jewelry, dinner pieces and decorative arts. MORE

6 Safari Honeymoons on Any Budget. Destinations Weddings and Honeymoons

 6  Safari Honeymoons on Any Budget

African safari honeymoons are notoriously expensive, but it’s totally possible to go without busting your budget (unless you really want to).
Splurge: Camp in Comfort
The “tents” at Chinzombo Camp might be made of canvas, but each spacious interior features a king-size bed, a private plunge pool and a bathroom with a rain shower. MORE


Affordable Honeymoon Destinations. Islands Magazine

13 Affordable Honeymoon Destinations

Feeling a little stretched by your wedding expenses? Don’t let that impact your honeymoon fun! We did the math on 13 of the best affordable honeymoon getaways where travel budgets stretch longer and wider. MORE


Crazy Cool Places to Elope. The Venue Report

 9 Crazy Cool Places to Elope

If running off to Vegas and getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator isn’t wild enough for you and your honey, try one of these crazy places around the world to elope. MORE


Luxury Honeymoon Destinations on a Budget. Islands Magazine


 10 Luxury Honeymoon Destinations on a Budget

On a honeymoon budget that can’t budge? If you think you can’t travel to swanky honeymoon destinations, or stay in fantastic romantic resorts, think again. Here’s how to honeymoon like the 1 percent, even though you’re in the 99. MORE



Cutting Edge Cats. Montage


Aston Martin

Aston Martin DB11. Montage

Fastest Trains. Travel+ Leisure

Dog Sledding, Utah. Montage

Zambia: Step Into the Wild. Qantas

Future is Now . LA Times

Seaport Brews. Shermans Cruises

The Big Chill. The Yak

Chichén Itzá.

aeriel shot of silicon valley
Silicon Valley. Australian Way

Chinzombo Camp. Robb Report

Japanese Adventures in LA. Bespoke

Have Pooch Will Travel  LA Times

Pit Stops Between L.A. and the Bay. LA Times

Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” Anniversary. LA Times

World’s Creepiest Attractions Travel + Leisure

South Pacific Fantasy  Bridal Guide

One Misstep,You’re Dinner. NBC

Yucatan: Adventure SanDiego Union-Tribune

Zebar at Mt Kenya Safari Club
Kenya’s 11Best Bars.  CNN Travel

Ragtop Renaissance. Bespoke Concierge Magazine

Route 7: Shaman Highway

 What’s Sumatra Hiding? Islands  

Farm to Table, Monterey

LA Times


“Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world … an empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest,” wrote Joseph Conrad in classic novella “Heart of Darkness.”
He was speaking of a journey along the Congo River, but the same could be said for any great African lake or river.