Travel News: Greeks Hide from Crisis in Monastery

Greeks are taking refuge from the economic crisis in the ancient monastery of Mt. Athos. Learn more at

Travel News: Costa Brava’s Natural Beauty Restored

A huge swath of Spain’s Costa Brava has been restored to it’s natural beauty. To learn more about how to enjoy the Catalan coast, see

Travel News: Britons Have Dirtiest Hands in Europe, Reports Study

Fecal matter is present on 26% of British hands, reports a new study. Learn how to dodge the poo at

Travel News: French Government Ups Security After Attacks on Jewish Community

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The French government has vowed to protect the nation’s Jewish community after a wave of anti-semetic violence and agitation by Islamists.     Read more at 

Travel News: Rome Tourists Face 500€ Fine for Snacking

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Roman authorities are enforcing a 500€ fine for people eating a Gelato on the Spanish steps. When in Rome, should you do as the Romans do? Read more on Travora.

Expat Guide to the Basque Country:

Originally published here at The Basque Country is one of Spain’s most distinctive regions. Tucked between the green Pyrenees and the rugged Atlantic coast, this is the homeland of the Basques, one of the oldest cultures in Europe and speakers of a language related to no other on Earth. These ancient roots have evolved … Continue reading

Vitoria-Gasteiz: The Cindarella Story of the Basque Country

Proud by nature, many Basques I met in the large coastal cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian had few compliments for the region’s landlocked capital, Vitoria-Gasteiz. “It’s quaint.” one local friend said. “It’s really old.” “It’s the Green Capital of Europe for 2012.” shrugged another. “It’s the most liveable city in Spain.” I nodded my … Continue reading

10 Outlets for the Social-Minded Travel Writer

I never assumed that making it as a travel writer would be easy.  When I embarked on this career in 2008, the world economy was free-falling and the publishing industry was suffering even worse.  My family called my dream idealistic, but I knew I could make it happen. I’m now twenty five and I can … Continue reading

Keith Malloy’s New Bodysurfing Documentary Debuts in Encinitas (

[Originally posted on]   A hushed whisper sweeps across the hundred surfers assembled before the La Paloma theater in Encinitas, California. We all peek to catch a glimpse of Mark Cunningham, the silver-headed star of tonight’s movie, Come Hell or High Water. Our reverence for this legendary waterman would be nothing unusual, except that … Continue reading

A Hootfest for the Torpedo People at the La Paloma Theatre

Originally posted on Patagonia’s blog The Cleanest Line.  After the world premier in New York, Keith Malloy and crew brought their new body surfing film Come Hell or High Water out to the west coast for a screening at the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, California. We received two reports from the show. First … Continue reading