12/23/2014 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Why do we pack up our suitcases, head to the airport and leave the familiar behind? Leisure and recreation are important, sure, but for most of us, travel is essential for the fresh perspective it offers — on our fellow humans, on Jewish communities throughout the world, and on cultures and lifestyles that may seem alien but that force us to reconsider our own points of view.

12/16/2014 | | Travel Writer | Travel

A few years ago, when a series of health crises sent me into a whirl of alternative-medicine panaceas — meditation, chi gong, hypnosis — a friend laughed and told me, “Sounds like soon you will be living in Sedona.”

12/09/2014 | | Travel Writer | Travel

New Orleans is famous for knowing how to party. And while Mardi Gras is the best-known annual festivity, the Big Easy — as this renascent Louisiana city is called — puts on quite a show for Chanukah, too.

12/02/2014 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Regular readers of this column have probably observed that in addition to my husband, Oggi, another family member has begun to make an appearance: our baby daughter, Zelda.

12/02/2014 | | Travel

If they buy it, they will come.

That’s the philosophy behind a new luxury apartment project in Israel called The Hamptons in Herzliya Pituach that’s attempting to link two very swanky locales in the service of strengthening diaspora Jews’ connections to Israel — and selling high-end apartments.

11/25/2014 | | Travel Writer | Travel

‘You can’t tell Americans how to pronounce Kosice,” my husband, Oggi warned me.

We were planning an excursion to Slovakia’s second-largest city, a former European Capital of Culture with a stunning historic center and a well-preserved trove of Jewish heritage sites. But Kosice has the misfortune to be graced with a name whose middle syllable, for English speakers, is the kind of vulgarity that elicits titters from my inner 8-year-old.