An inveterate backpacker, I've been a professional guidebook author and travel writer for five years. Before that I had the good fortune to live in a number of countries I now write about today, including Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Brazil. My philosophy regarding travel is simple and can be adopted by anyone: "no plan." Simply hop a plane and let the world do with you what it will.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I've lived in and traveled throughout South America for almost 15 years, so the continent is my purview. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"Being from California I first started traveling to neighboring Mexico as a teenager. That led to Central America, which led to South America, and next thing you know I've been gone almost two decades. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Meeting Middle-Eastern refugees on the island of Lesbos, in Greece, for a story I was working on. It was a supreme highlight as both a traveler and travel writer. It humbled me and gave me that much more perspective, which is never a bad thing. "
Featured trips & expertise
With 10 to 14 days in Argentina, you can spend time getting to know two main regions plus Buenos Aires, one of the world's great cities. Hear the mammoth Iguazú Falls roar in the north, or visit the western city of Mendoza—ground zero for wine lovers. Those with more time should consider spending much of it in the wilds of Patagonia, and those with less than a week should stick to the capital and surrounds.
Argentina extends from its remote northern deserts to the furthest reaches of Patagonia, with wine regions, mountain ranges, and the big city of Buenos Aires in between. With so many options of where to go and what to see, you can design any kind of trip that suits your fancy. Here are some answers to common questions to help you do just that.
Spend 10 days in Chile, and you'll be glad you did: it's enough to experience some of the famously long coastline, go wine tasting, and even venture down to the wilds of Patagonia. Or, choose to dive deep into a region—spend your entire trip in the Atacama Desert or tackle a multi-day trek in Torres del Paine. Add a week to do it all, but if you're short on time, don't worry—a few days is all you need to check out the colorful capital city and surrounds.
Chile is a world-renowned destination, filled with scenic high-altitude deserts, culturally rich cities, and vast expanses of Patagonian wilderness. This list answers the most common questions asked by travelers to Chile, from what to pack to how to get around.
On the north end of Costa Rica's Pacific coast lies the Gulf of Papagayo, a tropical beach-laden region that's still relatively undiscovered. As remote as Papagayo is, you'll find many options for grabbing a bite. Most are centered in Playas del Coco, where you'll find (very) fresh seafood, vegetarian Lebanese cuisine, and authentic Italian fare. The list below also includes a beachfront option in Playa Ocotal and innovative Asian-fusion in Playa Hermosa.
One of the best ways to experience Ireland's remote corners is with a multi-day walk through the heather-covered hills, stretches of unspoiled coast, and sheer cliffs that the Emerald Isle is famous for. Many routes are suitable for novices, and walkers spend their evenings getting a dose of culture (and a good night's sleep) in countryside towns and villages. Learn about the ten best multi-day walks in Ireland with this comprehensive guide.