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Postcard from Central Park

Whenever I feel a bit overwhelmed by the city's unstoppable pace and sheer number of people, places and things--like millions of other New Yorkers--I head to Central Park. It's an 1.317-square-mile oasis of relaxation and recreation: grassy fields,...
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My favorite views in Nice

As the weather gets chillier and I go longer and longer without a proper pain au chocolat, I really start to miss Nice. Even though I realize I'd never want to live there full-time--which has more to do with the endless red tape of French bureaucracy...
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Postcard from Fort Tryon Park

Sometimes the best thing about living in a city is having a quick and easy nature escape: a place with plenty of greenery, fresh air and open skies to counteract the sensation of being stifled by concrete and skyscrapers. There are plenty of...
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Expectations and the Grand Canyon

I'm starting to learn that life is all about expectations. Expect a lot, and invariably be disappointed. Have no expectations, and anything remotely good will seem infinitely better. It's particularly true in travel, and it's one of the...
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Postcard from Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes is one of those places where you hope you're not going to be underwhelmed: so many people recommend it and so many absolutely amazing photos exist. Luckily, the Croatian national park is just as stunning in real life as you...
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Postcard from the Promenade Plantée

The first color that comes to mind when I think of Paris: neutral. Is that even a color? I think of gray skies, beige buildings, cream shutters, brown cobblestones. The nuances of gray skies in Paris can be astounding, from dark and foreboding to...
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Railay: Thai paradise for outdoor adventurers

After the “backpacker heaven” of Phi-Phi and the sleazy unruliness of Phuket, the yet-to-be-completely-exploited vibe of Railay was much appreciated. It's an early-to-rise town, with many rock climbers scrambling up the limestone by 8 a.m. and...
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The life of a professional beach bum around the world

Over the past four months, I’ve been to 14 different beachside destinations*, swam in 10 different bodies of water**, gotten sunburnt twice and napped in countless hammocks. My Instagram feed is a continuous loop of palm trees, ocean sunsets...
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Postcard from Perth at sunset

The East Coast of Australia is blessed with many things--awesome coffee, gorgeous beaches, killer street art--but incredible sunsets are unfortunately not one of them. Luckily, Perth has sunsets breathtaking enough to make up for the whole rest of...
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What to do in Ubud

What Ubud lacks in stunning beaches and deep-water delights--the breezy, sunny Bali vacation common in Kuta or Seminyak--it makes up in lush green surroundings and no shortage of things to do. The town has a decidedly hippie vibe, cluttered...
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