Travel — 25 August 2012
Travel abroad, things to do

Thomas Swick
started traveling in high school – a trip to Italy with the Latin Clubs of New Jersey  – and he subsequently lived in four countries and learned the languages of two. Travel turned into a career in 1989 when he became the travel editor of the Sun Sentinel, a job that took him around the world, the country and his new home state. He has written two books: a travel memoir, Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland; and a collection of travel stories, A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler. His work has appeared in four editions of The Best American Travel Writing. His blog is linked at




The queen has been fêted, the Olympics are over – now’s a great time to see the English at ease (and the museums without the long lines). And when it comes to eating, the influx of ethnic restaurants has inspired native chefs.



The fairly flat island is known for its beaches, but the people are also amazing, exhibiting a warmth and friendliness toward visitors. This is a gracious, easy-going and somewhat overlooked piece of the Caribbean.


New Orleans

The city is still coming back – your visit will help accelerate the process – and it’s still as much an American treasure as it is an anomaly. This is not what the Puritans had in mind: music and booze and spicy foods, oh yeah!



After decades of oppression and inertia, the country is finally starting to loosen up. Which is good for the Burmese – Aung San Suu Kyi is now a member of parliament – and good for tourists, who have easier access to treasures like the plains of Bagan, with its thousands of temples and pagodas.



One of the most welcoming countries in the world (with the best English speakers in southern Europe). It’s having economic difficulties, but they’ve made the modest Portuguese more appreciative of what they have, like delicious food and excellent wine (including port). And it’s one of the cheapest countries on the continent.

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