• Lungi port

    Stranded in Sierra Leone 2
    I dragged my suitcase along the tarmac, my heels clicking purposefully toward the man who was... more

  • Detained in Mali
    The first soldier walked to the middle of the barricaded road, an AK-47 hanging from his shoulder.... more

  • Q&A with LA Times Travel Editor
    By the time Catharine Hamm turned 12, she had lived in New York, Washington, D.C., Hawaii and the... more

  • Stranded in Sierra Leone
    To travel around Africa, you need more than a passport and a yellow fever card. The lay of the land... more

  • An adventure in Cuba
    I can’t tell you when I first fell in love with Cuba. All I know is like fast tempo calypso,... more

  • Why I boycotted Delta
    I had to fly to Ghana, but the thought of giving business to an airline that treats Ghanaian... more

  • Beautiful Senegal
    With probably the most beautiful coastlines along the Atlantic, here are a few interesting nuggets... more

  • Journey to Liberia II
    "I shouldn't have come alone." I whispered, eyes darting nervously around the technicoloured foyer.... more

  • This can’t be Africa
    The moment your plane lands in Johannesburg, you will say "This can't be Africa". After those... more