04/02/2013 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

When I was in college in the 1990s, study abroad was still a fairly marginal activity — about as common as majoring in classics.

03/18/2013 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Why Maui?

For thousands of Hawaii vacationers, the island of Maui is the happy medium. It is lovely and unspoiled, but not so unspoiled as Kauai, widely regarded as the prettiest isle but sparse on nightlife. Like Oahu, Maui has great restaurants and plenty to do, but it is less built-up and retains the lazy vacationer’s pace.

03/11/2013 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Siesta and fiesta: they are the rhyming clichés of the carefree Spanish lifestyle. And nowhere are the midday pause and nocturnal festivities more evident than in Barcelona, Spain’s party capital.

03/04/2013 - 19:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Granada is, arguably, Spain’s loveliest city. But its American namesake, Granada, Nicaragua, needs little argument: wedged between a volcano and the vast Lake Nicaragua, the new-world city might be the most romantic town in all of Central America.

02/25/2013 - 19:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

In 2010, Amy Krauss reflexively set a bar mitzvah date for her son at their Tucson, Ariz., Reform synagogue.

02/18/2013 - 19:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

With Twelve Oaks pillars in mind, I arrived in Atlanta humming “Marching through Georgia,” the Civil War Yankee hymn I grew up square-dancing to at summer camp.