Category Archives: Travel Writing

Around the world in just 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds

On this day in 1890, New York City police cleared a path through a cheering throng for reporter Nellie Bly as she stepped off a train just 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds after setting sail east … Continue reading

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Edgar Allan Poe Philadelphia Travel Guide

              Morning on the Wissahiccon                                                  by Edgar Allan Poe The … Continue reading

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I am not a Bot (but this is)

The Latest Bot is an online magazine that is compiled fully automatically by a bot. From the choice of subjects to advertisements, to the texts and photos. No human work is involved. According to the creators, it is an experiment … Continue reading

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The Direction of Travel

When I ran across Christian Nolle’s terrific periodical Directions of Travel I thought that some of you other travel and map geeks might need to know about the project. Nolle’s fascination with air travel and maps began when he was … Continue reading

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Everybody Loves a Travel Guidebook Parody

Here in North America the travel guidebook author and travel show host Rick Steves is almost universally loved, but is also the target of good natured satire as well. While I’ve met Rick, and even spent an afternoon hanging with … Continue reading

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All the painted ladies

It’s been a minute since I visited San Francisco, but like ever other tourist I made a pilgrimage to see the famous row of “painted ladies” at Alamo Square Park. Architectural Digest produced the fascinating video (below) about these gems. … Continue reading

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Pound Sterling Gets Pounded, But London’s For Free

The headlines bemoaning the precipitous slde in the value of the British Pound have created an itch for me and many other Anglophiles to get back to London posthaste. While that’s not quite feasible at the moment, I of course … Continue reading

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Worst Airline Meal Ever

Travel writer Miriam Porter recently reported on a very disappointing meal experience while flying Air Canada from Frankfurt to Toronto. Although she had pre-ordered vegan meals for the 10 hour flight a month in advance, when meal time came she … Continue reading

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A Memorial Centennial

Way back in the antedeluvian days of the last century, I spent quite a bit of time in Washington D.C.. So much so that I eventually wrote a travel guidebook for budget travelers to the U.S. capital. During my book … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of the World’s First Social Network

Up until quite recently, I was a habitual buyer of postcards during my travels. Mind you, I rarely ever sent the postcards to anyone, but rather keep them as reminders of the places that I had visited. When I was young, postcards … Continue reading

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