I GET AROUND. To ride India’s most luxurious train. To stay up all night in Buenos Aires’ hippest neighborhood. To do nothing at all in the exclusive West Indies island of Mustique. To drink yak butter tea in China’s remote Yunnan province. To document New Orleans’ comeback. And so on.

A few examples:

George RR MartinGeorge RR Martin was a fledgling novelist when he moved to Santa Fe in 1979. Today, the New Jersey native and creator of Game of Thrones is rich and famous and spending his own millions to create new, artsy attractions in his adopted, high desert town. I visited Martin at his home to talk about that and about his favorite spot for green chile.


PhillyPhiladelphia can make you cry. Or, at least, it nearly made me teary after visiting its monuments to the past — like the new Museum of the American Revolution or the old Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier.



Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro too beautiful for its own good? I visited the city before the Olympics to find out. (Browser-friendly version is here.)





Confidantebeachchaise-9086e2a6South Beach might get most of the attention, but Miami’s Mid-Beach neighborhood is on the upswing and well worth a visit, as I discovered for Austin Monthly magazine.




A writer who lives in “The Land of the Mean People” visits Charleston — considered the friendliest city in the country — to discover whether Southern Hospitality is more than just a marketing slogan.





What’s so hard about drinking a Guinness in Dublin? I managed to find out.





Yunnan province, in China, is now on the travel map.





IMG_2465French fries covered in cheese curds and foie gras in Montreal? Oui.





Bermuda shorts are both culturally important to the island nation for which they are named and kind of embarrassing to me.




OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUtah is a good place for guys to get away and a good place to jump off a cliff.




Screen Shot 2013-02-26 at 6.31.52 PMIndia has tigers and trains and fortresses decorated with ducks. (This story won a silver award in 2012 from the North American Travel Journalists Association.)




West Texas is not the right place for wearing cufflinks.





Buenos Aires is a sprawling city of many neighborhoods. Here’s the best one to visit if you want to stay up all night.





New Orleans is good for your soul.

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