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 70 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

Inside Elephant Caves

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…

Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda

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…

Musmeah Yeshua interior

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…

Famagusta beach

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…

Thai kickboxing

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…

Chiang Mai's Old City

Thai-living test drive

| Thailand | No Comments

Chiang Mai popular retirement spot for American expats The Arizona Republic — February 7, 2016 CHIANG MAI, Thailand – This popular tourist destination and hub of northern Thailand in the…

Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki’s Rich Jewish History

| Greece, Jewish Travel | No Comments

Greek museum showcases Jewish heritage in city formerly known as the “Madre de Israel” Oregon Jewish Life Magazine — September, 2015 THESSALONIKI, Greece — When thinking of the historical hubs…

spitsbergen polar bear

Spitsbergen: Alluring adventure near the North Pole

| Cruising, Norway, Spitsbergen | No Comments

Arctic cruise offers pristine scenery, glimpses of glaciers and polar bears The Arizona Republic — August 23, 2015 LONGYEARBYEN, Spitsbergen – If you come to this remote Arctic outpost, where there…

View from Burj Khalifa

Dubai: View from the top of the world

| Dubai | No Comments

The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, exemplifies Dubai’s over-the-top opulence The Arizona Republic — April 26, 2015 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Dubai loves breaking records. With its endless crop…

View of Budapest

Winter on the Danube River

| Austria, Cruising, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia | 2 Comments

Off-season cruise offers few crowds, lower fares and festive Christmas markets The Arizona Republic — January 18, 2015 WACHAU VALLEY, Austria – With instructions as simple as those uttered by…

Fairbanks synagogue Or HaTzafon

Fairbanks: Alaska’s Frozen Chosen

| Alaska, Jewish Travel | No Comments

Fairbanks’ Jewish community welcomes visitors to the northernmost synagogue in the world Arizona Jewish Life Magazine — December, 2014 FAIRBANKS, Alaska — They proudly call themselves “the frozen chosen.” It’s…

Denali whitewater rafting

Alaska-Yukon Adventure

| Alaska, Cruising, Yukon Territory | 2 Comments

Pre and post-cruise land tours deliver breathtaking sights and fun The Arizona Republic — August 24, 2014 DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska – The Nenana River was in a nasty mood…

Bangkok's Grand Palace

The Jewish Traveler: Bangkok

| Jewish Travel, Thailand | No Comments

In this city of nine million, the contributions of the relatively small Jewish community far outweigh its size. Hadassah Magazine – February/March, 2014 There are few cities in the world that…

Akureyri, Iceland

Cruising Iceland’s Scenic Tongue-Twisting Ports

| Cruising, Iceland | No Comments

North Atlantic country highlight of Holland America’s “Voyage of the Vikings” The Arizona Republic — August 25, 2013 AKUREYRI, Iceland – “If you don’t learn the correct pronunciations for each port,…

Tokyo Dome baseball

Passion, interest in Japanese baseball thrive

| Japan, Sports Abroad | No Comments

Fervent fans support a sport rich in history  The Arizona Republic — May 29, 2012 TOKYO – With an upper-deck ticket tucked away in my back pocket, I arrived 4…

Tunis, Tunisia

An American Incognito in Tunisia

| Tunisia | No Comments

My cover as a “Romanian” nearly blown in this north-African country on the U.S. State Department’s travel warning list The Arizona Republic — June 2, 2013 TUNIS, Tunisia — I’ve traveled to…

Midnight Express prison yard in Malta

Catching the Midnight Express in Malta

| Blog Posts, Malta | No Comments

A daring escape from a harrowing Turkish prison VALLETTA, Malta — When I was a young man, I had three career ambitions:  Professional baseball player, professional tennis player, and international…

Saint Lucia Pitons

St. Lucia’s twin Pitons are a Caribbean marvel

| Cruising, St. Lucia | No Comments

Island boasts stunning scenery, “drive-in volcano” The Arizona Republic — February 5, 2012 SOUFRIERE, St. Lucia — “Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the majestic Pitons.” Our group of…

Sisimiut Greenland

Greenland: Full of Stunning Scenery, Surprises

| Cruising, Greenland | No Comments

Hurtigruten Fram explores west coast of world’s largest island The Arizona Republic — August 14, 2011 UUMMANNAQ, Greenland — At the foot of a stunning heart-shaped mountain in a remote…