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From gorgeous to gaudy: Portugal’s Algarve coast

Somewhere between Lagos and Portimao in the Algarve, the gods of natural beauty seem to have taken leave of their senses, letting the forces of kitsch, gaudiness and overdevelopment have their way with southern Portugal’s stunning countryside. How else could you explain a part of the world that boasts some of the planet’s most stunning coastlines and pristine, quiet villages […]

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Happily lost in central Portugal

Our spare phone battery quit half an hour north of Lisbon, following its brother’s death spiral as the GPS sucked energy from our cell phone like Donald Trump drains reason from the presidential campaign. So there we were, driving on the A1 in search of a town no one we encountered had heard of, directionless, mapless and, importantly, clueless. “This […]

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My ‘favoritest’ of all my favorite places

“Of all the places you’ve been, which speaks to you the most?”a close friend asked me recently. “What was the most memorable, most special?” My mind toured some of the more stunning vistas, pulse-accelerating experiences and heart-warming encounters Gabi and I have experienced as we’ve made our way throughout the world. Varanassi, India. Machu Picchu, Peru. Angkor Wat, and Phnom […]

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What JUST GO means for Dr. Ryan James

It took sixteen years of California living and a doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco to convince Ryan James he needed a year abroad to reassess his life. That was in 2001, when he was unable to find a job suitable for his qualifications so he and his partner decided to take off. Fourteen years later, Ryan, a […]

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