Dove Magazine

Serendipity, strangers, and WTF time: the underrated joy of solo travel

Solo travel

Earlier this year, I traveled alone across Europe. In some cities I knew a friend from college, in others perhaps a friend of a friend, but for all intents and purposes I wandered around by myself with no plan for about a month. It was one of the best months of my life. Both at […]

Why you should stay in a houseboat on Lake Päijänne, Finland


  For the ultimate in waterside flexibility on Lake Päijänne, hire a houseboat and sail wherever you like and never have to worry about getting back home. Finland’s Lake Päijänne is a peaceful, ancient place. It turned up when nature had a change of heart about its earthly décor during the Ice Age when a […]

Top National Wildlife Refuges To Explore in the USA

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma

The National Wildlife Refuge System is one of shining stars of United States conservation history, and the refuges in this system offer some world-class nature experiences. Here are ten places for the traveling naturalist to explore this summer. Like so many great conservation ideas, the national wildlife refuge began under President Theodore Roosevelt. He created the Pelican Island refuge in Florida […]

Bangalore and its surroundings: more than just being “the Silicon Valley of India”

Mysore Palace

Bangalore offers a lot to discover, particularly in its surroundings. It is not only a modern skyline of stained-glass skyscrapers and a city with a prestigious IT campus, but is also known as a garden city and the most enviable place to live for pensioners. There are certainly reasons for it. The world knows Bangalore […]

How to travel when you’re not rich?

Paragliding in Annecy, France, with views of the French Alps (Credit: Aileen Adalid)

My “how I quit my job to travel” story is different. I’m from a developing country with a “powerless passport” — as a Philippine citizen I can only visit 60 countries visa-free — and I was brought up to believe that world travel is a luxury meant only for the privileged, the rich or the […]

5 travel resolutions we should all make in 2016

Typewriter with white paper page on wooden table. sample text 2016 New Year's Resolutions. vintage style toned picture

With all of 2015’s travel nightmares and airport blunders now in our rearview mirrors, it’s time to focus on what we can do better in the year ahead. Let’s collectively work on better airport behavior, and stop making the same rookie mistakes when traveling. Here are five travel resolutions we should all make in 2016. […]

Travels to My Elephant: A Wondrous 5-Day Rickshaw Race Through India

Photo: Courtesy of Jack Brockway / @hijack

Getting married is a wonderful and unforgettable experience. And when my brand-new wife, Alexandra, and I were opening our wedding presents, we were not expecting to be treated to another unforgettable experience: one involving plane tickets to Delhi, a rickshaw, and 500 km of “open” road.  We’d been invited to join Travels to My Elephant, […]

The Breakup Travel Guide to Rome, Italy


You’ve just booked a weekend getaway to Rome with your significant other in a desperate attempt to salvage the shattered remains of your relationship. Congratulations! With its breathtaking monuments and mouthwatering cuisine, Rome is the perfect place to dwell in the delusion of happiness for a few final hours. Below is a suggested three-day itinerary […]

Can a Trip Ever Be ‘Authentic’?

Indonesian tourists pose in front of members of the Stone Age Dani tribe in West Papua, New Guinea. The tribe maintains many of its costumes and traditions — and charges visitors for the honor of observing them. Credit Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

In a globalized age — when a McAloo Tikki is just as Indian as the Taj Mahal — has the very word lost its meaning? I once spent an unforgettable day in the traveler’s treasure-house that is Sana’a, capital of Yemen. Stained-glass windows glittered from thickets of high tower-houses as night began to fall, and […]

Chilean Community, Once a Site of Torture, Reinvents Itself for Tourists

Villa Baviera, Chile, about 240 miles south of Santiago. Paul Schäfer, an evangelical German preacher, fled to Chile in 1961 to evade prosecution on charges related to sodomizing children. Hundreds of his followers came with him, and they established a sect called Colonia Dignidad. Tomas Munita for The New York Times

Claudio Pacheco took his family on an outing recently to Villa Baviera, a picturesque farming community tucked away in the foothills of the Andes. They ate a variety of German dishes and won a live deer in a raffle. And like other visitors, they spent much of the day wandering some of Villa Baviera’s 35,000 […]


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