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

Beautiful and Mystical Bali

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  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…

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 News of Greater Phoenix — November 18, 2016 BOISE, Idaho — Sometimes you’ll find the most…

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

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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…

Chiang Mai's Old City

Thai-living test drive

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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

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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…