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Whitewater Rafting in Western America

One of my best friends just returned from a whitewater rafting trip on the American River.

Well, she called it “rafting.”
Her version of this adventure sport involved a case of cheap beer and a lazy float down the Lower American River—a stretch of water that’s occasionally mild enough to snooze on. When I heard that she’d spent more time cracking cans of PBR than actually paddling, I couldn’t help but laugh a little. My own experience on that same river had left me with some of the largest bruises of my life. And I loved every second of it.

Travel Wish List: A Private Jet

It’s no secret that commercial air travel leaves a lot to be desired. Between too-small seats, crowding in the overhead, fees galore and taking your shoes off at security, the truth is that for people traveling in coach, flights are simply something that need to be endured to get from Point A to Point B.

So when I got a press release about Avantair, a fractional jet operator, I decided to conduct a Q&A with Steven Santo, the company’s CEO to find out more. Yes, this is out of most people’s reach, but it’s fun to dream, isn’t it?

Taking the Sin out of Sin City: My Green Vacation in Las Vegas

There was a time when “Las Vegas” was synonymous with “wasteful”–and with just cause. Built in the desert and celebrating all things excess, the Vegas of yesteryear did not seem to care about sustainability in the slightest.

Well, I’m here to report that those days are officially coming to an end. This past weekend I took a green getaway to Sin City and was delightfully surprised by how easy it was, thanks to a growing number of innovations and eco-friendly hotels.