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Who’s Aging?

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

by Larry Habegger It seemed like just a short time ago that I threw a surprise 50th birthday party for a close friend. He wasn’t impressed because he never liked to celebrate birthdays, and turning 50 was more than he wanted to face. But he played along, a good sport, and when it was over […]

What Are the Chances?

Monday, March 19th, 2007

A friend flew from San Francisco to Panama last week and reported that his flight arrived late in LA, causing him to rush through the terminal and out to the shuttle at LAX worried he’d miss his connection. The shuttle bus took forever to circle the grounds and delivered him to the terminal for his […]

In Memory of Eric Newby

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Eric Newby died at age 86 on October 20, and with him went one of the great English travel writers of the 20th century. I’ll never forget picking up a copy of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush many years ago after someone recommended it. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but it […]

Life in Cameroon

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

What’s daily life like in Cameroon? Friends who run an aid agency there send me snippets from time to time that are usually entertaining and always interesting (my friends prefer to remain anonymous). Here are some recent ones. * * * There is a reserve for the protection of chimpanzees and gorillas just outside Yaounde. […]

The Big Lebowski and Great Writing

Friday, September 8th, 2006

I got a note from Phil Cousineau the other day saying he had some “cool news” about his story, “The Oldest Road in the World,” from The Best Travel Writing 2006. We reprinted the piece from Phil’s book, The Book of Roads, and liked it so much we used it to close our book. Well, […]

The Power of a Good Story

Monday, August 21st, 2006

The Power of a Good Story is one of our slogans at Travelers’ Tales because we’ve long believed that stories give you much more than straight information or logical arguments. For years our readers have agreed, and the writers who have contibuted their work to our books must feel the same way because their art […]

Travel to Cuba?

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Fidel is sick and out of public view. Is the long-awaited transition from the “revolution” to something else about to happen? Tom Miller, editor of Travelers’ Tales Cuba, author of Trading with the Enemy, and frequent traveler to Cuba (every year for 20 years, sometimes more than once a year) has some advice to share. […]

Sleeping under a European duvet?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

San Francisco Chronicle Executive Travel Editor John Flinn always has a witty turn of phrase in his columns, an off-beat outlook, a fresh perspective on thiings. He writes with spareness and precision and assurance, and he’s funny. His columns always make me smile. But I must confess I sometimes don’t get a chance to read […]

What’s “Best Travel Writing”?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

As with anything else, there’s no doubt a wide range of opinion about what constitutes the best travel writing. Is it a story that captures a sense of place, giving the history and quirky details so you have a feel for what the place is like? Does it contain literary allusions and references to historical […]

A Parcel from India

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

by Larry Habegger A friend of mine sent me an email recently to say he’d received a parcel from India. “The package was a classic Indian affair with hand-sewn burlap and globs of melted wax for seals,” he wrote. “Cool.” I haven’t seen such a parcel in years and that simple message took me back […]

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