The Grand Canyon is America’s most famous natural wonder, and there’s no better want to see the South Rim than by hiking the South Kaibib Trail. There are many other routes you can take, but the South Kaibib Trail offers a combination of secluded hiking and canyon views that can’t be beat. The best part is, you can hike as little or as much as you want. It’s a great trail for beginners and those…

View Post

Anafiotika is a hidden wonder inside the bustling metropolis that is Athens. It’s hard to believe a place like this even exists–a slice of the Greek Islands that is a veritable oasis amidst city noise, concrete and graffiti. Yet somehow, despite a financial crisis, increasing urbanization and lack of government funding, Anafiotika is still going strong, retaining its distinct identify and thriving as the best little-known spot in Greece’s capital. RELATED POST: HOW TO SPEND…

View Post

“Let’s take a practice shot,” Gaetan said as he backed into the square. “Just lean up against that column there.” I walked gingerly to the nearest column. It was at least 20 feet high and led up to one of a series of archways lining the Placa Massena, a public square in Nice, France. It was a populated area, right across from a large shopping center, which is probably why my photographer, Gaetan, had planned…

View Post

It’s that time of year where tourists and residents alike flock to the Greek Islands, and there’s no better way to island hop than by ferry. For those visiting the big names of Santorini, Mykonos or Rhodes, you can easily get to the islands by plane and bypass the ferry process altogether if you so choose. But for smaller, more remote islands like Tom Hank’s home of Antiparos, you have no choice but to join…

View Post

I watched as the men who staffed the dive shop squeezed fresh lime juice into a bowl filled with various sea creatures, all skinned and prepared to absorb the flavor. In Isla Mujeres, Mexico there’s a saying–what you’re eating today was sleeping in the ocean yesterday. I smelled the sizzling Mahi Mahi on a nearby grill and listened to the soft hum of the ocean just a few feet away, our own personal brine for…

View Post