Destinations

Last flight out of Marrakech.

Lisbon, Portugal In March of 2020, while we were working our way through Portugal and Morocco, a global pandemic was working its way through China, Korea, Europe, and ...
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Morocco’s Atlas Mountains aren’t the world’s tallest, but at least they’re not more desert.

Look at that crazy mountain shit, bro. On a continent where deserts like the Kalahar, Namib, and Sahara routinely scorch roughly one-fourth of its total land, Africa’s Atlas ...
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The Sahara Desert is hot, dry, and sandy AF.

Of all the inhospitable and unwelcoming places to live on Earth, few are more hostile to human existence than the Sahara Desert. Cleveland, obviously, yes, of course, but ...
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Chefchaouen Morocco is called the “Blue City” because people have eyes.

Chefchaouen is blue. After flying from Porto Portugal to Tangier Morocco, we were driven 70 miles south to Chefchaouen Morocco (pronounced Shaf-shāwan). The hour-and-a-half trip flew by as ...
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Tangier, Morocco is close to Europe, but don’t hold that against the place.

The international port city of Tangier, Morocco lies a mere nine miles from Spain’s southern border, just across the Strait of Gibraltar. It’s basically the front door to ...
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The Douro Valley is Portugal’s less snooty version of Napa.

The beautifully twisting Douro Valley. Drive an hour and a half due-east from Porto and you’ll come upon the Douro Valley, Portugal’s world-famous wine region and answer to ...
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No city crams in more Europe per square inch than Porto, Portugal.

The Porto Train Station, circa 2020 (or 1320 for all I know). Before boarding the #125 Alfa Pendular high-speed train, I’d never even heard of Porto, Portugal. Yet ...
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Belém District: Where Lisbonians go when they want to GTFO of Lisbon.

One of the many gardens in front of the Jerónimos Monastery. When the hustle and bustle of Lisbon’s city center gets too much for people, the locals pack ...
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Lisbon is the city San Francisco could’ve been if the Internet hadn’t totally effed it up.

A view of San Francisco’s Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, TransAmerica building, and some kids shooting hoops. When I moved to San Francisco in 1997, the Fog City ...
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Steep Ravine, CA: Tired of hotels with electricity, heat, and indoor plumbing?

Are you getting soft? Is your life too cushy and comfortable? Do you long for the lifestyle that your forefathers worked their entire lives to escape? Do you ...
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What to do in Ithaca New York other than getting drunk, stoned, or a college degree.

That's Cornell in the background. Ithaca New York is home to both the 5th-best Ivy League university, and a more liberal arts-oriented college for slackers. So it somehow ...
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Why you should visit Australia in spite of all the things that could kill you.

Australia has a certain prehistoric savagery that adds excitement to everything you do and everywhere you go. Even just getting coffee can be a death-defying act of stupidity ...
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3 sights in Oaxaca Mexico that almost make up for it not being on a beach.

The Oaxaca Valley(s), no beach in sight. Before moving to California, I had never even heard of Oaxaca, Mexico. And, what I had heard about the place didn’t ...
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Belize: It’s like a giant saltwater aquarium that isn’t all full of fish poop.

People don’t come to Belize to get lentigo malign on its beaches — frankly, they’re not the white sandy kind you find around the Hawaiian, Caribbean, or Galápagos Islands ...
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Guerneville, CA: Get away from everything (including cell coverage).

Not every vacation destination we choose is some exotic location in a far-flung corner of the globe. Sometimes, we’re just too lazy to make proper travel plans and, ...
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Seattle: It’s not always rainy, miserable, and bleak (or so they tell me).

Living in Seattle is insane and, if you already do, you should seriously have your head examined because there are far better places to waste the short time ...
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