International Travel

Fantasy Islands

They come in many forms and exist all over the planet; here we bring you three of the best island escapes. Journey to the home of a former Hollywood legend, to a surfers’ paradise and to an expansive estate on a once-private island now open to all (who can afford it).

Exploring Ethiopia

Discovering a country of rugged natural beauty, far beyond the typical media portrayals.

An Italian Affair

More than just another Italian hill town, this reborn romantic village is a design and culinary adventure.

The Art of Cuba

Learn more about the booming artists in Cuba. Cheryl Popp has the details.

You Too Can Be Baja Bound

While you can’t drink the water on the sun-soaked peninsula, submersing yourself in the gin-clear Sea of Cortez is highly encouraged.

Time To Swim With Giants

Next time you're in Baja, be sure to swim with the sharks in the shallows of the Bay of La Paz in the Sea of Cortez. Ann Wycoff has the details.

You Too Can Visit Romantic Tudor Territory

Grieving Downton Abbey fans can now live out British period drama fantasies near Midhurst, West Sussex, about an hour away from London, at the Cowdray Estate. Kasia Pawlowska has the details.

Russia's Far East

A rare expedition provides glimpses of Cold War ruins, earthly explosions and extraordinary wildlife.


What a difference a decade makes: a visitor and a city have both grown up.


On the trail of a famous composer, old friends gather in the city of fog for shopping, food and music.

Winter Beach Getaways

Whether you’re going on a romantic retreat, a family vacation or a solo sojourn, here are exotic possibilities near and far.


Drinking in the Irish countryside and the Irish whiskey.

Pitcairn Island

Travel back in time through the history of this small, raucous island.


While on safari, a Novato resident gets a fresh reminder of her place in the universe.

Unique and Original

Wander off the beaten path this summer and discover all the Big Corn Islands have to offer.


Amid growing military conflict, a Sausalito adventure tour leader travels to the most unlikely of destinations. Be sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the page for beautiful photos from Pakistan.

Journey Like a Chef

Heading to Italy any time soon? When we heard about Poggio chef Ben Balesteri and his partner Romano Chietti’s culinary and viticulture adventure through Sardinia, Rome and the Amalfi Coast, we figured they would be the best people to share some tips on where to eat and what to do.

Visions of Vancouver

Looking for a vacation that's near by and has things in common with our city by the bay? Head to Vancouver, Canada. Tim Johnson shares his story.

Mardi Gras Madness but Not in Marin

Did you know that it's more than just Valentine's Day weekend this weekend? Resident Arts and Events blogger Cheryl Popp is in Venice during Carnival. Read on to learn more about what she has been doing.

South Africa

Thinking about going to South Africa? Matthew Richard Poole has all the details of what to expect in this month's Journey story.


The perfect Christmas fairy tale can be found in Denmark. Lynda Balslev shares where to go, what to eat, what to do and more.

Winter Escapes

Looking for a great winter escape? Ann Wycoff has seven beach hot spots for you to check out.