David Lutz, 38, is a product manager for Collette (www.gocollette.com), an international guided-tour company. Lutz, originally from Houston, has lived or worked on six continents. For the last four years, he has lived in Slovakia.
For ski vacations, I often make a beeline for British Columbia where lots of ski resorts have exactly what I want. Resorts such as Whistler Blackcomb, Sun Peaks and Big White are within a day's drive of Seattle and offer fun ski villages; ski-in, ski-out lodging; and lots of varied terrain.
LONE PINE, Calif. - These days, sad to say, movie location scouts are so eager to flee California for cushy tax enticements that they don't even deign to shoot films supposed to be set in the Golden State on the terra bella.
There should be a sign here reading "Please don't step on the sea lions." That was my first thought as my 11 fellow passengers and I prepared to disembark from a Zodiac raft on the first day of our Galapagos Islands cruise.
The most famous building in Texas is smaller than you expect, and it's about as pretty as your average California mission. In fact, it was once a mission, though these days it stands across the street from an unholy row of Ripley's and Guinness tourist operations. You can cover it in about two hours.
If you've visited our nation's capital, chances are you've glimpsed the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian, watched primates play at the National Zoo, had your picture taken in front of the White House and searched for a relative's name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. But if you've already made it to those must-sees, there are plenty of off-the-beaten-path sights, sounds and flavors to enjoy.