Land and Sea in the Golden Triangle of Jordan

There are some places you’ve seen so many times in your mind’s eye that they almost seem familiar when you finally visit. The Golden Triangle of Jordan, encompassing Wadi Rum desert, Petra, and Aqaba, was one of those places for me. Just as for many others my age, my introduction to Petra was via “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Where is that?! “Is that place real?!” I thought as I watched. It is, and it’s as glorious as I’d imagined. But Petra is only one of the reasons to visit Jordan, a

Diving with Great Whites in Guadalupe

If you can believe it, I thought I’d get bored cage diving with great whites in Guadalupe. I’m the kind of diver who swims around a site extensively, peeking and peering under every overhang, always wondering what’s around the next corner. I knew that on my upcoming trip to Guadalupe Island, Mexico, onboard Nautilus Liveaboards’ Belle Amie, we’d be stuck in one spot, doing the same dive essentially over and over for three days — go down in the cage, hang out and watch, come up — albeit to see gr

8 Delicious Sandwiches Across the USA

Sitting on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain deep in the South, New Orleans, Louisiana, is known worldwide for around-the-clock nightlife — and not just during the famed Mardi Gras celebrations. Nola, as the city is also called, is the birthplace of not one, but two famed sandwiches: the muffuletta and the po’boy. The old-timey Central Grocery, a small Italian grocery store with a lunch counter, is to thank for the invention of the muffuletta. It’s also still one of the city’s best spots to pick

The Vibrant Visayas: Scuba Diving in the Philippines

On this, my first trip to this bustling country of around 100 million inhabitants, I’ve prepared three well-rounded courses in the Visayas, a group of islands south of Manila: First up are the thresher sharks of Malapascua Island, followed by the tiny (but no less impressive) sardines at Moalboal. Dessert is muck diving in Dauin — I’ve brought a list of the weird and wacky creatures I’m ready to cross off my must-see list. After a night spent in Manila at the luxurious Fairmont Makati, it’s back

Dive Destinations For Every Budget: Easy On The Wallet

You don’t need gobs of cash to enjoy a great dive vacation (though it doesn’t hurt). For our dive destination by budget feature in Sport Diver, we found proof of this in our roundup of nine awesome dive trips for every budget. Let’s be honest, we all like to stretch our dollars as far as they’ll go, but traveling to exotic destinations for a dive vacation hasn’t always been easy — until now. Whether your bank account is bursting at the seams and you’d like to splurge, or you want to find a coo