San Francisco has been formally and eloquently praised in every way imaginable. Author John Steinbeck called it “a golden handcuff with the key thrown away”.  Newscaster Walter Cronkite eulogized the city with these words:  " Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old...

 Looking back at my travel columns from the past year, I could not help but re-live some of my favorite experiences. That may well be one of the most valuable benefits of travel.  Nothing...

Opera knows no season. Some cities prefer summer performances, other prefer the fall season. There are also many distinct forms of opera. Every opera has its own distinct venue where musical masterpieces are performed.  It might be a turn-of-the-century opera house or a multi-use structure that...

Janet Steinberg, official blogger for The Travel Authority, was awarded her 55th travel writing award in Best Travel Website or Blog in the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Central States Chapter Writing Contest. Steinberg’s 55 travel-writing awards include: 5 Lowell Thomas Awards; 28 Mark Twain Awards; 19...

Savor “The Great Land”. Taste the grandeur that is Alaska. Feel the freedom, the freshness, the far reach of our last frontier. The Alaska experience is one of the great travel experiences of a lifetime ALASKA! A land of contrasts. Here is exhilaration and sophistication; glaciers...

SINGAPORE:  "Boring."  "Sterile."  "Lost its soul."  Singapore, the tropical island in the Strait of Malacca, has been accused of all of the above.  However, Singapore, a tiny city-state founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819, is none of the above. Although the Singapore of the 21st century is...