Consummate Traveler

By Train from St. Petersburg to Hong Kong (4)

Mongolian Yurt. (Vlatka Jovanovic)
Mongolian Yurt. (Vlatka Jovanovic)

The journey on the legendary Trans Siberian Railway is one of the greatest travel adventures of our age. The Trans Siberian Girl is traveling on...




  • Diesel electric engines pull the Auto Train along at speeds up to 80 miles per hour on some stretches of the rail line. (Copyright © 2016 John Christopher Fine)

    Train Travel: America’s Past, America’s Future

    There was perfect Wi-Fi connection. My computer was open, a cup of savory brewed coffee on the table beside me. America’s heartland was passing by... Read more

  • Using the land setting with SeaDragon video lights brings out the subject. The Micro 2.0 enables getting close to subjects, 8 to 12 inches is about the limit if the image is to be in focus. (Copyright © 2016 John Christopher Fine)

    Mighty Little Underwater Camera Makes Debut

    Ergonomic. The word derives from the Greek “ergo,” to work. The word has come to signify human engineering. I have big hands, not catcher’s mitts,... Read more

  • IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 30:  Bikes park in parking during the World Superbikes - Qualifying at Enzo & Dino Ferrari Circuit on April 30, 2016 in Imola, Italy.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

    Je Suis Une Moto: Traveling Europe on a Rented Motorcycle

    MONTEPULCIANO, Italy—Gingerly balancing on the foot pegs of the big Ducati motorcycle, I turned the machine down a dirt-path hill between olive trees and grapevines... Read more

  • Travelers check in their luggage as they prepare to travel at Miami International Airport in Miami on Nov. 25, 2015. A stronger economy and lower gas prices means Thanksgiving travelers can expect more highway congestions in 2015. Airlines for America, the lobbying group for several major airlines, forecasts 25.3 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines, up 3% from last year. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    More Thanksgiving Travelers; Don’t Get Stuck at the Airport

    NEW YORK—A stronger economy and lower gas prices mean Thanksgiving travelers can expect more congested highways this year. During the long holiday weekend, 46.9 million... Read more

  • This image made using a 3-D camera from Matterport shows the bedroom of the 2,249 square foot Grand Duplex suite aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, in New York. (AP Photo)

    The Suite Life: Tour the Most-Exclusive Ways to Travel

    NEW YORK — For those with unlimited bank accounts, travel has never been so glamorous. Hotels, airlines and cruise ships are catering to a new... Read more

  • In this May 16, 2015, photo, Elly Melchor, 9, stands by a "glamping" tent in West Yellowstone, Mont. (Jorge Melchor via AP)

    A Family, Wooed by Down-Covered Beds, Converts to ‘Glamping’

    WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — I planned our trip to Yellowstone National Park last-minute, and my family was divided over whether we should camp or stay... Read more

  • Trevi Fountain, rome, Italy (TomasSereda, iStock)

    The Consummate Traveler – the Perfect Day in Historical Rome

    I am currently in Rome on a three week business trip, and have the pleasure of enjoying two weekends in this beautiful city. Having been... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler – Spotting a Bad Hotel Room Quickly

    Recently, after a long connecting flight, I made it to my hotel in Rome only to be assigned a room that had many disappointing issues... Read more

  • Oo-Tray Restaurant in Islamorada, Florida offers unique cuisine and the only whisky bar of its kind in the Keys. John Christopher Fine copyright 2015

    OO-Tray, A New Way to Think Cuisine

    Their meals are delicious and substantial. These are not Californians playingwith food. Everything is tasteful and savory, only the restaurant’s name isunconventional, perhaps hard to... Read more

  • Saturday just before noon, tourists posted photos of Nepal’s World Heritage sites. Moments later, swath of a deadly fault system below the city. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

    What Tourists Need to Know About Earthquakes and Other Geohazards

    Saturday just before noon, tourists posted photos of Nepal’s World Heritage sites, walking side by side with Nepalese residents of Kathmandu. Moments later, they fell... Read more

  • Venice Grand canal with gondolas and Rialto Bridge, Italy via Shutterstock*

    The Consummate Traveler –Preventing Common Travel Ailments

    Staying healthy while traveling, especially in remote international locations, should always be a top priority. I am sure we have all had the dreaded experience... Read more

  • A family on tropical beach via Shutterstock*

    The Consummate Traveler –Need a Vacation From Your Vacation?

    In this stressful world we live in, taking a periodic vacation to rejuvenate your mind and body from everyday life sounds like a good idea,... Read more

  • A young female passenger at the airport via Shutterstock*

    The Consummate Traveler –The Adventures of Hidden Airline Fees

    You know the old saying, if something looks too good to be true, it usually is? That is precisely how I felt about the economical... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler – How I “Lost” 80 Euros at the Airport Last Week

    No I didn’t lose my wallet, or a personal item worth 80 Euros. Actually, what I lost was an opportunity to claim two VAT tax... Read more

  • Acropolis in Athens, Greece via Shutterstock*

    The Consummate Traveler – Tips for Visiting Athens

    I am currently in Athens on business and enjoying myself despite the winter weather. Even in the rain and snow, the view of the Acropolis... Read more

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    Repeating Vacation Destinations: Is It Brilliant or Boring?

    Each November, my sister and her husband visit Hawaii for two weeks to relax and celebrate their anniversary. This has been going on for more... Read more

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