About Victor Block

Victor Block is an award-winning travel journalist who has visited and written about more than 70 countries. He is a guidebook author and his stories have appeared in major newspapers and magazines. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association. Vic believes that travel provides a wonderful education, and his love for exploring new destinations and cultures is as great as it was decades ago.

Stateroom with a view — on the Amazon

Scrambling out of bed and glancing through the window, the setting hardly resembled any hotel room where I’ve ever stayed. I'm on the Amazon.

Charlottesville, Virginia — a Presidential pilgrimage

Three US Presidents lived and spent time around Charlottesville. It might make sense to make this a historic Presidential pilgrimage.

Vieques Island: From bomb site to beach destination

Once a Navy bombing range, Vieques now is known for gently curving seashores overlooking sweeping bays and tiny slivers of sand hidden at the end of narrow dirt roads.

Hiking “The Way” through southern France

I first learned about “The Way” from the 2010 movie of that name starring Martin Sheen. However, it has been known since at least the 9th century to many thousands of people who have followed all or part of the network of ancient pilgrim routes that stretch across western Europe. They eventually converge and end at the shrine of Santiago de Compostela at the western-most tip of Spain.
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Online Christmas (and other holidays) gifts for travelers

With Christmas fast approaching, have you finished your gift list, checked it twice and finished your shopping? Or do you still have some presents to buy? If you need ideas for what to get for folks who travel a lot for pleasure or business, a “gift of go” can be the perfect solution.
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Vancouver, a multicultural kaleidoscope of life

The diversity of Vancouver's multicultural population adds a kaleidoscopic touch. Many residents trace their ancestry back to Chinese immigrants brought in for construction of the Canadian-Pacific Railroad and during the country’s Gold Rush, both at the end of the 19th century. Many more recent arrivals came from the Philippines, Taiwan and other Southeast Asian countries.

Scottsdale, Arizona — cowboys and caviar

The first impression of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the diversity of attractions. The shopping alone provides an introduction to the something for everyone variety. Along with top-of-the-line stores are shops selling cowboy hats, boots and everything that’s worn between them. Even visitors who don’t buy whole hog into the cowboy theme find that casual attire is perfect for exploring the Sonoran Desert which surrounds the town.

Myrtle Beach sun, sand, plantations (oh, and 100 golf courses)

Most of the 15 million or so people who visit the Myrtle Beach area each year do go to golf and soak up the sun. Not surprising, because the destination has over 100 excellent golf courses and is bordered by a 60-mile stretch of inviting soft sand beaches. As I discovered, it also has history-rich towns, reminders of southern plantation life and intriguing cultural tidbits, any of which alone would be reason enough to go there.

Miami’s colorful neighborhoods from gritty to genteel

Welcome to Miami and Miami Beach, where broad swatches of white sand and glittering night life are main attractions that draw most visitors to that popular destination. But behind the glimmer of sun and the glitz of top-notch entertainment lies a collection of diverse neighborhoods that offers an enticing mosaic of cultures, lifestyles and architecture.

Ugandan people — simple, struggling, smiling

Relaxing in a hot shower, walking to a nearby market to buy meat or strolling through a village may seem like commonplace occurrences. But in the African country of Uganda, these experiences are likely to be unlike life as you’re used to living it.