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Beyond Half Dome: Five Yosemite Secrets

Yosemite Valley—home to Yosemite National Park icons such as Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Fall—is more than worth visiting. But those who confine their park visit to the valley are missing out on 99 percent of Yosemite. And though the park’s high-country highlights involve a bit of hiking to see, most of them can be reached fairly easily from scenic Tioga Road.

A Tale of Two Cities: Nairobi and Mombasa

I decided that I wanted to spend my last 72 hours in a Kenyan city. But which one? The modern capital, Nairobi, or the historic port, Mombasa?

I asked Twitter, but results were mixed. So I went to both.

The Art of Being Present

Since I’ll be clocking plenty of Land Cruiser­-passenger hours chasing wildlife across the sun-scorched savannas of Kenya for the next few weeks, I’ve come to Hell’s Gate National Park for a single reason: to walk.

One True Thing About Kenya

“In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country.” That’s tongue-in-cheek advice from Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina’s brilliant satirical essay “How to Write About Africa.” I came across it because I’ll be traveling around Kenya as Nat Geo Travel’s Digital Nomad for the next month, and, if I’m being honest, I’m not yet sure how to write—as Ernest Hemingway might put it—“one true sentence” about the country.

A Little Less Digital, A Lot Less Nomad

It’s summer in Washington and I’m very glad to be home. I do love to travel and that will never change, but I also love waking up in my own time zone and enjoying a meal without juggling my phone and fork. I hope you understand. It’s impossibly hard to step away from a dream…

The World In Two Cities

Exactly one year ago I was traveling in South Africa, exploring the disparate coastal cities of that magnificent country while filming a documentary for the National Geographic Channel: “The World In Two Cities”. As someone who normally stands behind the camera, it was a terrific honor to host such a well-made film in such a…

Licking a Glacier

Glaciers taste good, as I discovered in Norway. When it’s 85°F outside and you’ve been hiking for an hour, a big mouthful of ancient icepack tastes better than any Slurpee ever could. The diamond, sparkling ice is cold, wet, clean, and delicious–not to mention endless and all-U-can-eat. (Almost.) My journey through Norway continues to be…

Chichén Itzá: Venus Cycle; 10 Kayab 5 Ik; 297 days left . . .  I’ve heard a lot of bad excuses from hotel receptionists, but up until now, nobody’s ever tried blaming weak Internet on a UNESCO World Heritage site. “It’s the pyramid’s fault,” is what they told me at the front desk. I tried hard not to…

Jumping Into Japan

Yesterday, I flew to Japan . . . with a three-year-old. My neighbor never mentioned his name (neither did his mother), but he was angel-haired and angel-behaved, strapped into his car seat with only intermittent breaks for some 14 hours. He wore red flannel Elmo pajamas and had a preference for fruit juice and Thomas…

What’s in my pack?

Good nomads travel light. We might live in a time where our car-sized suitcases have spinner wheels attached, but the earliest human travelers understood that moving quickly and freely is what mattered most . . . . and they packed accordingly. As a modern-day nomad, I try to follow their example and underlying concept: Take…