Author: Jeffrey Kontur

Mayan sites that are accessible to all

Touring the ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is one of those things that seems to make it onto everyone’s bucket list. Roaming the grounds at one of these sites, you may notice a lot of ramps next to or in place of steps. Or you may not notice...

The Two Activities Rule

“It has too many notes.” -Amadeus (1984) I tend to plan fairly active vacations. Reading my itineraries, some people have commented that they’ll need a vacation after doing all that! Take my planned upcoming Africa trip as an example. Sightseeing tour of Istanbul, Turkey including the famous Blue Mosque Mingling...

Indispensable Travel Gadgets – Brightly Colored Fabric

You might never have thought of a piece or two of brightly colored fabric as being an indispensable travel gadget. At least not until today. During the course of a multi-day trip, especially if you have multiple destinations and must pack and re-pack more than once, you need a way...

Bogota Airport is Beautiful… and Misleading

Flying into Bogota Colombia for the first time I passed over beautiful farmland and dramatic mountains on the outskirts of the city. As we approached the edge of the city I saw clusters of buildings that I assume must have been greenhouses. At least that’s what they looked like from...

Broadening my horizons, while planning to ride off into the horizon

I still remember the day. I think I was 33 years old and was actually in the black marble executive bathroom at the huge worldwide mega-bank where I worked at the time. I don’t remember what spurred it but I just had this quiet epiphany and made a resolution to...

Keeping the vacation memories alive

Another way of keeping the memories alive after your vacation is to turn your computer’s desktop background into a running slide show of all your best vacation photos. That’s what I do, with the computer serving up a new photo every few minutes. This is easy to do. In Windows...