February 24, 2013 |
Andrew McCarthy first won fame as an actor 20 years ago, but in recent years he has made a new name for himself as a travel writer. Speaking at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Sunday afternoon, McCarthy explained that travel had fueled his personal growth, taming fears he never knew he had. Among McCarthy's observations: "I've never met anybody who took a solo trip who didn't come back changed. " "Fear is a cunning opponent. It comes back all the time. " "If we traveled more, we'd be a less fearful country.
January 2, 2013 |
Every time I come to Santa Barbara, I find something new to like. Not exactly secrets, just favorite things, and I'm not talking about raindrops on roses, though they probably have those too in that golden town 90 miles up the coast from L.A. Here are some of my choices: A night on the town The popular, long-running UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures series ( 893-3535, http://www.artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu ) gets star billing on the town's cultural calendar, bringing Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Geneva Ballet, new documentary films and talks by authors, journalists, actors and directors.
November 4, 2012
WOMEN Presentation Contributors Bridget Crocker, Sarah Katin, Kimberley Lovato and Mary Jo McConahay, featured in "The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8," will discuss their travel tales. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Slide show Peter Potterfield will present images from his just-released book, "Classic Hikes of North America," featuring 25 backpacking trips in the U.S. and Canada, followed by a Q&A period.
September 16, 2012
Furniture and artwork and china and silver. Just as your home speaks volumes about you, the show houses of America — open to the public for tours — share the secrets, sometimes unwittingly, of their owners, designers and hometowns. They may reveal personal quirks or preferences, design or otherwise, that tell a story that goes well beyond bricks and mortar. Visitors to these show homes are legal voyeurs, peeking in on a past that may be fraught with drama or intrigue or genius. Here are seven to peruse, chosen by travel writers across the country.
March 23, 2012 |
As disguises go, a newsletter over the face isn't a particularly convincing one (see attached photo). But it's enough for the man who isn't Andrew Harper. Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report has been praising and detailing luxurious, exclusive travel for more than three decades. The report recently released its Grand Awards 2012, a list that picked a newcomer to the Southern California resort world as one of the best grand resorts. (You may download the list with free registration, but subscriptions for print and online editions of the Hideaway Report will set you back $195 to $350 a year.)
June 12, 2011
1. Japan Zensuke Suzuki, the chief official at the Japan Tourism Agency, has put in long hours since the March 11 magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan, leaving 24,000 dead or missing and prompting worries about the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. "Basically, what we're seeing is travelers worried about visiting Japan because they don't think it's safe," Suzuki said. As a result, Japan has been reeling from a huge drop in tourists.