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Oceania Regatta: Views on a Cruise, Views of the Crews

A wristwatch on average weighs two ounces. Oceania Cruise Lines’ “Regatta” weighs 30,277 tons. Although an extreme David-and-Goliath comparison, they both have something in common: Should any of their “parts” fail to perform seamlessly, each could find itself literally dead in the water. While the watch tells time, a cruise...

What Makes a Great Airbnb or Hotel Room When You Travel the World

If you like to travel for extended periods of time, you may be familiar with the room sharing platform known as Airbnb. They have been around for 15 years and pretty much created the idea of shared, short-term rentals. They started modestly when the founders came up with the idea...

Fourth of July in Photos

On July 4, Newport Beach Independent photographers Charles Weinberg and Lawrence Sherwin captured Independence Day photos. Charles shot photos of neighborhood children interacting with Newport Beach Fire Department vehicles in the Newport Coast community of St. Laurent, while Lawrence captured images of the Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport...

33rd Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show Blooms at South Coast Plaza April 20-23

Kyle Cheesborough, the Horticulture Director at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar, has a difficult task this month: he’s one of the Garden Design judges at the 33rd annual Southern California Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza that runs April 19-23. The Garden Show features 35 unique...

Checking Off Your Bucket List: A Visit to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt (in 12 days)

The term “bucket list” is almost a cliché, but whether you call it that or not, most of us have a list of things we want to do before we die. It has become such a common phrase that a movie was made about it with Jack Nicholson and Morgan...

Crossing the Northwest Passage: A Voyage of Ice, Wind and Polar Bears

Please excuse this piece of travel advice: Don’t ask directions to Qeqertarsuatsiaat, Qeqertarsuaq, or Ittoqqortoormiit unless you know how to pronounce them, lest you find yourself in Kitssuarasuit, Quasigniannuit or Kallaallitnunaeqqissismattaq. To that end, it may be better to book a cruise to Greenland and then let the ship’s navigator...

From Newport to Nomad: Turkey is a Long Way from Home

I "live" in Turkey, and the reason that live is in quotation marks is because I really don't live anywhere. After leaving Newport Beach in February of 2019, I became a permanent nomad, traveling with my girlfriend (now my wife as of June 17) and usually staying for six weeks...

Insights from the Road: Kiwi and Company

Editor’s Note: In her last columns, Shelly Zavala wrote about her adventures purchasing a Dodge Ram Promaster 3500 Roadtrek Zion. Now, she’s preparing for her hiking and camping outings. I took a flagship drive to Crystal Cove and did a hike. I love sitting up high in the van and...

Insights From the Road: Taking Kiwi to Palm Springs

Editor’s Note: In her last columns, Shelly Zavala wrote about her adventures purchasing a Dodge Ram Promaster 3500 Roadtrek Zion, and getting ready for her hiking and camping outings. This column, she heads to Palm Springs for her first outing in the vehicle she has nicknamed “Kiwi.” First night in...

Insights from the Road: The Morning After

Editor’s Note: In her last column, Shelly Zavala wrote about her adventures purchasing a Dodge Ram Promaster 3500 Roadtrek Zion last February. The next day, she wonders if she did the right thing. What have I done? Waking up at 5:30 a.m. with my first thoughts – as I think most...

Insights from the Road: What Have I Done?

February 2021: Today is the day I possibly get my Airstream. I’m excited. And scared. After a rough start to the morning, my friend and I leave at 7 a.m. to go hike Sugar Loaf Peak in the Cleveland National Forest. We made it about halfway up. So beautiful, the...