Jenny Johnston


Antarctica’s winter months are during the northern hemisphere’s summer months. During this time (roughly May through September) there is no travel to Antarctica. Ship traffic is blocked by …
Beautiful Nicaragua is a land of fascinating contrasts. Travelers can hike up live volcanoes, or visit villages dedicated to handicrafts. There are cities of stately grace, including Granada, the …
Inside Passage Alaska's southeast panhandle is a scattering of wildlife-rich islands, national forests, glacier-carved landscapes and secluded port towns rich in local culture. Travelers can …
History The history of pre-Inca Ecuador is lost in a misty tangle of time and legend, and the earliest historical details date back only as far as the 11th century AD. It is commonly believed that …
History The first inhabitants of Peru were nomadic hunter-gatherers who lived in caves in Peru's coastal regions. The oldest site, Pikimachay cave, dates from 12,000 BC. Crops such as cotton, …
Brief History The earliest Maya civilizations began to emerge in the highlands of Guatemala by as early as 2000 BC. Bustling city-states grew, and trading networks covered large areas of what is …
History Back in the 16th century, when the Spanish explorers arrived in what today is called Costa Rica, all they found was a region scarcely populated by several poorly organized tribes. The …
Time of year you travel to Antarctica does make a difference, but deciding which time of year is "best" depends on what you are looking at getting out of your Antarctica adventure. Specific wildlife …
While the Earth's polar regions are similar in many ways, the Arctic Circle at the northern pole and Antarctica to south, also display stark differences. Comparing their environments, geographical …
Nothing says Christmas in Europe quite like a Christmas markets cruise. Seemingly overnight, magical towns of wood, cloth and dazzling colors pop up in town squares across Europe. The air is filled …
Europe river cruises have the advantage of allowing easy travel through multiple countries, without the stress involved in road trips or the difficulties of catching trains. The best river cruises …
From the bustling streets of Cape Town to the towering cliffs of Blyde River Canyon, South Africa is quickly becoming a must-visit destination.  But with so many South Africa tours and safaris …
What to Expect on a South Africa Safari: A How-To Guide to Help you Prepare for Your Trip   South Africa has long been a premier safari destination. For many travelers, the decision to head to …
From the craggy cliffs of Blyde River Canyon, to the depths of the Indian Ocean in a shark cage – and just about everywhere in between – South Africa dazzles with diversity.   …
When you book a South Africa safari, it’s natural to have lions and elephants and rhinos on your mind.  But there is so much more to South Africa than these charismatic creatures. The …
Thousands of miles east of Liberia, of Sierra Leone, of Guinea, in the heart of the Maasai-Mara Reserve of Kenya, there is a safari camp that has seen brighter days.  This outfit and others …
China boasts one of the world’s longest histories, dating back at least 5,000 years. Throughout most of its history, China has been governed by a series of dynasties, or ruling family lines, …
The last Chinese dynasty ended officially in 1911, with the following years being marked by a battle for power between urban capitalist forces and Mao Zedong of the rural Chinese Communist Party. The …
The Chinese love food!  Food preparation and presentation in China is known as the ninth art. Chefs combining sight, smell, touch, and taste in their presentation are highly respected. A …
While Tibet is at a high altitude and has four defined seasons, the temperature and climate variations throughout the year are not as extreme as most would suspect. The landscape is a high …
Best Times for Travel to Thailand Thailand is a nice year-round destination without any particular “off seasons” for travel. If a time of year might be avoided, it would be the rainier …
Thailand's culture incorporates many influences, as would be expected from its constantly changing government structures and kingdoms throughout the centuries. Religious influences have been …
Modern History The Thai people established their own states in the early 20th century, with the Ayutthaya kingdom showing itself to be the most dominant for a time. The states were all constantly …
Ancient History Vietnam has one of the oldest and most continuous histories of any nation.  The area has been inhabited by some of the world's earliest societies. The needs to control …