Since I’m about to hit the open road, I thought I might take a moment share with you guys (and to remind myself) about all the most important dos and don’ts  of road tripping.

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Road trips aren’t like other trips. You’ve got to know where you’re going, how to get there and what you’ll need. Especially if you like to keep your trip flexible, spontaneity lies in being prepared to take any path you’re inspired to follow.

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Different trips require different gear. Certainly you wouldn’t pack the same thing for two weeks in Paris as you would for two weeks in the woods.  But for many, there are pack essentials – things you don’t leave home without. Here are mine, along with...

We left Baracoa at 2:15 p.m. on the Via Azul for Trinidad. After our Cuban train experience, we hoped the bus would be better. They required that we reserve our place between 8:00 – 12:00, but they wouldn’t accept pay until 1:15. The bus...

5:00 PM: After another day of wandering around Havana, photographing entryways and chatting with locals, here we sit in the packed train station (on top of our backpacks) waiting. The train is late, but that’s to be expected. We’re not taking the 1st class...

It’s funny how time and space changes. This is exactly what I was thinking when Eddie told me it would only take us two days to get back. “But it took us a month to get here.” “Thank god it won’t take that long to get...

There’s nothing better to wake up to than the organic goodness at Sandborne’s. I had a spinach, mushroom, and jack cheese stuffed biscuit. Portland is great for that – organics and homebrew around every corner. “Same as Boulder,” Eddie says with a mouthful of corn...

We arrived in Portland just before sunset, just in time to enjoy a few glasses of wine with my step-brother before the light disappeared from the sky. It was Voigner, a delicious white (which is a rare find because I never drink white.) We parboiled...