Click on the map below to learn more about these travel destinations written about and photographed by the author is devoted to travelers who enjoy visiting destinations that are off the beaten path — in some cases about as far off the path as you can get!

There are more than 75 articles by the author — all published in newspapers and magazines around the world — supplemented with numerous photos and links to recommended books on each destination designed to give you the objective information you need to make informed travel decisions.  You won’t find any stories about trips to London, Paris or Las Vegas.  Instead, more exotic and hard-to-reach locales are profiled — places like Minsk, Moorea and MoldovaSlovenia, Srpska and Spitsbergen … Greenland, Iceland and Swaziland.

There also are sections on cruising, Jewish travel, sports abroad, a gallery of the author’s 50 favorite photos taken around the world, a photo essays section and a more in-depth blog, giving unique insights into these fascinating destinations that you won’t find anywhere else.

Whether you’re seeking your next great adventure or simply looking to indulge your love of travel from the comfort of your armchair, happy travels!  All articles and photos are copyright protected and may not be used without the written consent of the author.

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— Dan Fellner

The Magical Mekong

| Cambodia, Cruising, Vietnam | No Comments

River cruise offers unique glimpse into Vietnamese, Cambodian cultures The Arizona Republic — February 18, 2018 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – “Can you please pass the tarantula?” I was joking –…

Boise’s Surprising — and Splendid — Historic Synagogue

| Idaho, Jewish Travel | No Comments

Idaho’s capital home to the oldest temple west of the Mississippi Jewish News Service/Jewish Week of New York — December 2017 BOISE, Idaho — Sometimes you’ll find the most splendid…

Exploring “The Graduate’s” History in Berkeley

| California | No Comments

Fifty-year anniversary of groundbreaking movie presents sightseeing opportunities for the film’s fanatics The Arizona Republic — October 22, 2017 BERKELEY, Calif. – Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. December marks the…

Cruising Russia’s Volga River

| Cruising, Russia | One Comment

Despite political tensions, cruising gaining steam on Europe’s longest river The Arizona Republic — August 13, 2017 MOSCOW, Russia – A political pariah?  Perhaps. But are Russia’s geopolitical controversies, heightened…

Diplomacy Needed in Indonesia — Not Military Might

| Indonesia | No Comments

Fulbright program important way to counterbalance extremism The Arizona Republic — August 1, 2017 DENPASAR, Indonesia – The world’s most-populous nation with a Muslim majority doesn’t typically garner much attention…

Moscow’s preeminant Jewish cultural site

| Jewish Travel, Russia | No Comments

Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center chronicles Jews’ up-and-down Russian history Jewish News of Greater Phoenix — July 28, 2017 MOSCOW, Russia — It’s been open less than five years but…

Taipei: Four Must-See Sites

| Taiwan | No Comments

Taiwan’s capital city emerging as a popular Asian vacation spot The Arizona Republic — April 30, 2017 TAIPEI, Taiwan – As visitors enter the world’s second-fastest elevator to take them…

Preserving Jewish Life in Taiwan

| Jewish Travel, Taiwan | No Comments

Taipei’s Jewish Center meets the needs of locals and foreigners alike Jewish News of Greater Phoenix — May 5, 2017 TAIPEI, Taiwan — When you’re the only full-time rabbi in…

Beautiful and Mystical Bali

| Indonesia | No Comments

  Traditional dance reflects Indonesian island’s unique and devout culture The Arizona Republic — February 26, 2017 JIMBARAN BAY, Bali – Ask a local here about the island’s population (about…

72 Hours in Boise!

| Idaho | No Comments

Idaho’s capital city offers visitors much more than potatoes The Arizona Republic — October 23, 2016 BOISE, Idaho – Idahoans take their spuds seriously. It was our first meal in…

India’s Jews: Curry and Kreplach

| India, Jewish Travel | No Comments

Contributions of country’s Jewish community far outweigh its size Arizona Jewish Life Magazine — September, 2016 MUMBAI, India — Numbering only about 5,000 in a country of more than 1.2…

Germany’s Disneyland for music geeks

| Germany | No Comments

At Siegfried’s museum in Rüdesheim: “Your ears will be all eyes” The Arizona Republic — August 14, 2016 RÜDESHEIM, Germany – The quirky and unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet isn’t…

The Romantic Rhine

| Cruising, France, Germany, Netherlands | No Comments

40-mile Rhine gorge highlight of rainy river cruise on Scenic Opal The Arizona Republic — July 17, 2016 MIDDLE RHINE VALLEY, Germany – Even under perpetually gloomy skies and unseasonably…

Photo Essay: Rural Vietnam — Cue the Water Buffalo, Stage Right

| Photo Essays, Vietnam | No Comments

Putting on a show for the tourists in Nha Trang At first glance, it’s an idyllic scene — farmers in rural Vietnam tending to their rice fields with primitive tools…

Myanmar: Southeast Asia’s Undiscovered Treasure

| Cruising, Myanmar | No Comments

Cruising an ideal way to visit this emerging democracy The Arizona Republic — May 22, 2016 YANGON, Myanmar – Democracy is slowly coming to this little-known country in Southeast Asia…

Photo Essay: Bribing my way to a bargain in India

| India, Photo Essays | No Comments

Under-the-table cash reduces foreign surcharge at Elephanta Island As someone who’s been to a lot of places, I’m used to paying a foreign “surcharge” at various sites and attractions.  But…

Myanmar’s Miraculous Musmeah Yeshua

| Jewish Travel, Myanmar | No Comments

The historic and beautifully maintained synagogue in Yangon survives thanks to one family Jewish News of Greater Phoenix — May 13, 2016 YANGON, Myanmar — At first glance, there is…

Photo Essay: The eerie beaches of Famagusta, Cyprus

| Cyprus, Photo Essays | No Comments

Odd remnant of 1974 war off-limits to tourists I could have been arrested for taking this picture. We had been warned by our Greek-Cypriot guide to stay away from the…

Muay Thai: Muy Violento!

| Blog Posts, Thailand | No Comments

Kickboxing offers unique glimpse into Thai culture CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The public address announcer was speaking in a heavy accent over a garbled sound system and I couldn’t decipher…

chiang mai monk statue

Wat Phra Singh’s Mysterious Monks

| Thailand | 2 Comments

Are they live, or is it Memorex? The Arizona Republic — March 6, 2016 CHIANG MAI, Thailand – This elderly Buddhist monk is a tough guy to please. I observed…