10/01/2013 | | Travel Writer | Travel

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am the queen of packing light.
For years, I’d show up for a summer visit of a month of more with only an L.L. Bean backpack, then enjoy the incredulous looks on my hosts’ faces when they realized there was no checked suitcase. “Just this,” I’d crow, “and I probably could have packed it lighter.”

09/24/2013 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Ah, Bariloche. Even in the ’60s, when much of Latin America was terra incognita for North Americans — a realm of dodgy dictators and exotic, uncharted landscapes — Argentina’s premier mountain resort was a cosmopolitan hub. My mother has fond memories of that era, and how civilized it all was, with cocktails in the chalet and suave waiters who spoke fluent English.

09/17/2013 | | Travel Writer | Travel

The glittery, rejuvenated Baltimore harbor is the city’s current showpiece, attracting visitors to its shops, museums and water views.

09/10/2013 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Many people are surprised to learn that one 18th-century historic district called Old Salem is not, in fact, located in New England.

09/03/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Travel

Anchorage, Alaska — Only in the alternative reality of Michael Chabon’s fanciful best-selling novel “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union” do three million Jews, rescued from the Holocaust, call Alaska home. The (real-life) reality is that only about 6,000 Jews live in the entire state. As I embarked on a recent trip up north, I didn’t expect to find much of a Jewish presence.

08/27/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Travel

Santa Barbara, Calif. — A music fan spots Nir Kabaretti seated at a table in a State Street café and greets him warmly. Kabaretti, sipping a cup of tea this sunny morning, is well known around town.