Destinations

Mazatlan, a town that evokes ideas of tequila-fueled spring break with its glory days, has been on my travel radar for some time. Having lived so close to the Mexican border, it was just another beach town that I was excited to explore for myself. Mazatlan is, in fact, much more than a resort town. Mazatlan is a real city, with a picturesque and historic old town. Of course, the beaches are also lovely, certainly worthy of a beach destination.    Being able to fly domestically (from Tijuana) makes flying...

Being on the lookout for a great airfare to somewhere new, I was ecstatic after getting a notification of an inexpensive flight alert to South Africa from Philadelphia on Qatar Airways. It felt a bit like fate, especially after just talking at length to my close friend who had been raving about South Africa.  As part of the offer, it allowed a free stopover in Doha, Qatar (Qatar Airways hub, naturally) with seemingly no limitations on layover length. I decided to stay 3 nights and enjoy some beach time...

I had been fascinated in seeing Beirut every since I watched Anthony Bourdain get entailed in the middle of a regional conflict on an episode of “No Reservations.” I had read about the rich food, beautiful people, and sharp dichotomies between old and new, rich and poor, muslim and christian, and the like. Lebanon has had a rich and colorful history, and its multicultural society is reflected in its religious makeup, with nearly 40 percent of its residents identifying as Christian in this Arab country. I made my way...