April marks the 10th anniversary of the death of John Paul II, one of the most beloved popes of recent times. John Paul II's tomb resides in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Most popes are laid to rest in the crypt, near the tomb of St. Peter.
Way back in my student travel days, I discovered a handful of completely offbeat sights that remain among my favorite places in Europe.
Mastery of Europe's major cities -- Rome, Paris, London, Vienna -- is the mark of a good traveler. There are plenty of ways to thrive in big European cities without going broke. FREEBIES: Smart travelers know where they can get in for free.
While most travelers to Greece head for the islands, I head for the hills -- the mountains and valleys of the Peloponnese. Start with the Mani Peninsula -- the southern tip of the Peloponnese -- empty and wild like a landscape in a Hollywood ...
The great value of travel is the opportunity it offers you to pry open your hometown blinders and broaden your perspective. Get out of your comfort zone: Choose Managua over Mazatlan or Turkey over Greece.
I'm all about traveling efficiently -- and a great way to do that is by savoring local cuisine as you soak up the splendor of the place you came to see.