Arctic Locale: Local Residents Travel FAR South to Bring Back Lessons and Stories 
By Zach Rosen   |   April 21, 2022

Think globally, act locally. It is a phrase often used in regard to the environment, especially on Earth Day. But sometimes, to really know how to think globally, it helps to get out into the globe. Traveling to other parts of the world helps us understand the interconnectivity of our world communities and the impact […]

My Roman Holiday
By Leslie Westbrook   |   December 14, 2021

Rome, I barely know thee. I visited you briefly in the 1980s on a whirlwind trip through Italy on my first European travel writing assignment and carry a few impressions in my memory bank. Now, along with legions of visitors over the centuries, I too have fallen in love with Roma, la citta bella, one […]

 

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McGinity’s Moves
By Richard Mineards   |   October 24, 2019

Montecito accountant Frank McGinity has just published the third edition of Get Off Your Street, a personal travelogue of his global jaunts. The 253-page book encompasses six new trips, including China, Cambodia, South Africa, Easter Island, Antarctica and Israel, and a six-page chapter on the mudslides, which had a major impact on his longtime home […]

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