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Five Long-Time Families at the Heart of Boulder County

This is a feature article that appeared in print YellowScene Magazine’s annual Home&Hood. May, 2014 For PDF article, click here.
Five Long-Time Families at the Heart of Boulder County

Walkability and Journeying on Foot: An Interview with Jonathon Stalls

Expert wayfarer Jonathon Stalls is on a mission that is anything but pedestrian. Stalls advocates for civic and personal wellness through walking. From his home base in Denver, Colorado, he organizes community walks through his social enterprise, called Walk2Connect, and lobbies for more pedestrian-friendly urban planning. He calls for a return to the mode of travel for which we are built, challenging those around him to slow down and experience life at a pace of three miles an hour. (More)...
Walkability and Journeying on Foot: An Interview with Jonathon Stalls

‘Digital Detox’ and Other Travel Buzzwords, Defined

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, new travel buzzwords are always popping up. Where do they come from? Copywriters and marketers think up new ways to describe travel trends and products. Travelers share their experiences in real time, creating hashtag-worthy hybrids. Anyone can make a travel buzzword — just add a trip theme in front of the suffix -cation, fuse two words together, or make a bad pun. Here’s a glossary of the most awesome and awful (awfsome?) travel buzzwords, illustrated by their usage in a sentence. (More)...
'Digital Detox' and Other Travel Buzzwords, Defined

Iceland’s Northern Lights, Demystified

Iceland is one of the world's most accessible spots for viewing the northern lights, making it one of the country's top tourist attractions. Capitalizing on its mystique, enterprising Icelanders have designed borealis-oriented cruises, overland tours, and even a concept bar at far-flung Ion Hotel. So what is the best way to go about seeing the phenomenon? (More)...
Iceland's Northern Lights, Demystified

The Thermal Greenhouse Town of Hveragerði: Iceland’s Offbeat Hotbed

“Warning! Hot Spring Area” cautions a sign on the outskirts of Hveragerði, Iceland. Bilious clouds of steam rise up from the ground. I take the message as a sign that I’ve found what I was looking for in Iceland – hot springs in their most raw and natural form, without a manmade pool in sight. The goal: bathe in a babbling thermal river. (More)...
The Thermal Greenhouse Town of Hveragerði: Iceland’s Offbeat Hotbed

Hotels vs. Cruise Ships on the Galapagos Islands

Since the onset of tourism in Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands in the 1970’s, small cruise ships have reigned as the classic mode for touring the unique archipelago. Nowadays, however, new and sophisticated hotels are making their debut as a worthy addition to the cruise experience. Galápagos travelers can now enjoy a land-based stay or a combination of cruise and hotel for the best of both worlds. (More)...
Hotels vs. Cruise Ships on the Galapagos Islands

5 wild mating rituals from the Galapagos Islands

As Charles Darwin pointed out, it is not brute strength alone that wins out in evolution but the ability of a species to adapt to change. Courtship matters. Attractiveness to mates is quite important for the passing along of well-adapted genes. Here are five Galapagos species with elaborate courtship rituals that help them woo a mate and procreate. (More)...
5 wild mating rituals from the Galapagos Islands

Microfinance Tourism: How to Turn Travel Cash into Microcredit

What is poverty? To Mohammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi father of microfinance and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, poverty is the lack of control over capital. His answer to poverty is to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of the poor through low-interest microloans, mostly to women. Today, anyone can join the microfinance movement and offer capital to the poor. Travellers can now also connect with borrowers in person through innovative microfinance tours. (More)...
Microfinance Tourism: How to Turn Travel Cash into Microcredit

Five Posts for Mountain Ambassadors

In September, I posted about joining Mountain Ambassadors. Now, five months later, I've done five posts for the MountainReservations website. Click each photo to view the full post on www.mountainreservations.com (More)...
Five Posts for Mountain Ambassadors

Solstice Sun Celebration to Shine in Peru

Each year on June 24th, one of the largest and most colorful celebrations in Latin America erupts on the cobbled streets of Cusco, Peru – a colonial city at 11,150 feet above sea level and gateway to the legendary Machu Picchu. The Inti Raymi festival attracts foreigners and Peruvians alike with a re-enactment of a sacred Inca solstice celebration. (More)...
Solstice Sun Celebration to Shine in Peru