A temporary cathedral made of cardboard has become a tourist attraction

The Christchurch revival

I looked around me, a twinge of guilt in my gut, before lifting my camera, snapping a shot and stuffing the offending lens back into my bag as quickly as I could, fumbling with the zipper and painfully aware of my surroundings. I was in downtown Christchurch, New Zealand—a city ravaged by two devastating earthquakes…

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How to breathe in Hanoi

It took me all of a day to decide I didn’t like Hanoi. I arrived at night under a sky that was starless and rainy, air that felt cool and clammy—and in a taxi that cost me $15 more than I had anticipated. Come morning, a grey haze hung over the city, drizzly rain seeping…

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The Weekend Read: A new year, old dreams

Happy New Year, my friends! Yes, I realize New Year’s arrived a few days ago, and I’ve already written my January 1 post, but I’m not finished yet. That’s because there are lots of other posts out there marking the turning from 2013 to 2014, and I noticed similar themes emerging from every one of…

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My 2014 resolution: Go slow

I used to be someone who, come January 1, was all about New Year’s resolutions. I have old journals filled with pages of the things I vowed I would change about myself or things I would do in the next 12 months, most of which was promptly ignored about two weeks later. Really, the same…

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Somewhere named Sligo

It’s the palm trees that get you. There are some things you expect to see in Ireland: rolling green hills, fields of sheep, rainbows with leprechauns at the end pouring pints of Guinness. But not palm trees. And yet, in a little pocket of the northwest known as Sligo, you’ll find them. You’ll also find…

Gifts from a tourism board

The taste of truth: Honesty, press trips and travel writing

The travel world was abuzz a few weeks ago with news that Conde Nast Traveler will now permit writers to accept media rates. This is serious news for the revered publication, which, along with big names like National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure, has been famed (and alternately praised and criticized depending on which…