WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations of the Month
Far north of anywhere on the Yucatan Peninsula, a small island is steeped in tradition and tranquility). Patricia Alisau reports on this former lair of pirates northwest of Cancun where she fishes for her dinner.
Travel Authority Anne Z. Cooke knows you can’t go wrong with chocolate hearts and long-stem roses on Valentine’s Day. Classic love charms say “I love you” like almost nothing else. But if you really want to reach the summit with an over-the-top adventure that neither you nor your significant other – partner, lover, husband or wife – will ever forget, organize a surprise getaway to the Villa Del Palmar resort, on the arid west coast of the Sea of Cortez, in Mexico.
Where the snow flies, skiers do too. The Top Five ski resorts in North America are taking reservations for the season. Travel writer Anne Z. Cooke shares how to make the most of the slopes once you get there.
It’ll be something short of “Beam me up, Scotty,” but the Peruvian government is shortly going to make it a lost easier – and considerably faster – to get to the mountaintop ruins of its ancient Inca cities.
Maybe they were just very religious. Or perhaps they knew spies from the dreaded Inquisition were looking over their shoulders. Whatever their reasons, Hernan Cortes and his conquistadores named many of the spots they settled in Mexico after saints. By the time they got to the tip of western Mexico’s Baja Peninsula at Cabo San Lucas (Cape of St. Luke, shown above), the invaders were doling out holy tags like playing cards.
What in the world is going on here? Fierce-looking Indians are prancing around the stage to the eerie sounds of drums and flutes... a regal-looking lady is reaching up to the stars... guys in metal hats and body armor are pouring ashore from rowboats. And you’re welcome to join thousands of local folks who turn out each year to enjoy all this along with concerts, dances and food festivals.
Most cities have parks inside them. But San Francisco is a city inside a park. And an 80,000-acre national park at that.
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WatchBoom.com Contributing Writers
- Bob Schulman
- Robert W. Bone
- Rich Grant
- Bob Jenkins
- Ted Alan Stedman
- Linda DuVal
- Jimm Budd
- Patricia Alisau
- Nancy Clark
- Dawna Robertson
- Courtney Drake-McDonough
- Laura Ann Klein
- Maxine Albert
- Curtis Ellis
- Danielle Yuthas
- Gretchen Healey
- Christine Loomis
- Anne Z. Cooke
- Steve Haggerty
- Lisa TE Sonne
- Janna Graber
- Mark Chesnut
- Michelle da Silva Richmond
Watchboom.com Featured Writer: Anne Z. Cooke
For Watchboom contributor (and Tribune News Service writer) Anne Z. Cooke, staying home is rarely an option. Possessed by what Rudyard Kipling called “insatiable curiosity,” her travels offer a change to look beneath the 21th century’s incessant bustle in search of a fresh take on what makes us and our many cultures both predictably similar and alarmingly different.
Her beat, ranging from wilderness adventure, skiing, environmental issues and native cultures to historic cities, art and architecture, the South Pacific and cruises, shifts as story opportunities change. But all provide the backstory for her regular gig: stories written for the Tribune News Service (formerly the McClatchy Tribune News Service), illustrated with photography by Steve Haggerty/ColorWorld, and distributed to national and global publications with a combined circulation of 52 million.
Her stories have also appeared in Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Toronto Star, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Westways, National Geographic Traveler, Backpacker, California Homes & Travel 50 & Beyond. A Huffington Post travel blogger, she also contributes to Examiner.com.
When she isn’t traveling she divides her time between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles, reading, hiking, attending classical concerts, playing the banjo or flute, hiking and family.
New Read by Watchboom.com journalist
Pre-order Lisa TE Sonne’s soon-to-be-released book My Adventures: A Traveler’s Journal. Published by Quarto Publications, the book is available for pre-orders now through Amazon http://tinyurl.com/AdvBookSonne. Sonne has traveled all seven continents and many seas. She was awarded the 2013 Gold Award for Destination writing from North American Travel Journalists Assn.