Julie L. Kessler

Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara has a walking trail situated alongside the bluffs. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A pooch’s Pacific paradise

Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is fine for canines and their humans

Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara has a walking trail situated alongside the bluffs. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Hurtigruten is among the first lines to see a coronavirus outbreak after resuming cruises in July. (Ole Martin Wold/NTB Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

The bruising season for cruising

Drastic changes needed before passengers can safely return to the sea

Hurtigruten is among the first lines to see a coronavirus outbreak after resuming cruises in July. (Ole Martin Wold/NTB Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)
The casino-less lobby of the Vdara Hotel & Spa is welcoming. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Casino-less Las Vegas

There’s more to Sin City than gambling

The casino-less lobby of the Vdara Hotel & Spa is welcoming. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Massachusetts, the 10 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Aug. 1 stop on America’s Summer Road Trip, tells the story of a woman who was executed during the Salem Witch Trials. (Courtesy Henry S. Rutkowski)

‘America’s Summer Road Trip’ showcases notable historic sites

Free online journey takes U.S. history lovers to 12 places of interest

The Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Massachusetts, the 10 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Aug. 1 stop on America’s Summer Road Trip, tells the story of a woman who was executed during the Salem Witch Trials. (Courtesy Henry S. Rutkowski)
Traveling overseas isn’t necessarily safe for several reasons, including a lack of enforcing distancing on flights and in terminals. (Courtesy photo)

Have passport, but should you travel?

Access to reliable health care not guaranteed overseas

Traveling overseas isn’t necessarily safe for several reasons, including a lack of enforcing distancing on flights and in terminals. (Courtesy photo)
The dependable Vinny Von Van, supplied by ModVans, is hooked up at Bear Lake Venture RV Park, Utah. (Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The Great American Road Trip — Part Three

The third of a three-part series chronicling road travel as America slowly reopens

The dependable Vinny Von Van, supplied by ModVans, is hooked up at Bear Lake Venture RV Park, Utah. (Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Hoodoos and canyons populate Fairyland Trail Loop at Bryce Canyon National Park. (Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The Great American Road Trip – Part Two

A three-part series chronicling road travel as America slowly reopens

Hoodoos and canyons populate Fairyland Trail Loop at Bryce Canyon National Park. (Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
On American Airlines flight 512 LAX-JFK on June 20, every seat was occupied despite the airlines’ assertions that middle seats would go unsold, and the crew did not enforce mask wearing during boarding or flight. (Courtesy photo)

Flying in the COVID-19 era

Airlines are having a difficult time adapting to the new world of travel

On American Airlines flight 512 LAX-JFK on June 20, every seat was occupied despite the airlines’ assertions that middle seats would go unsold, and the crew did not enforce mask wearing during boarding or flight. (Courtesy photo)
My ride is a 2019 Ford Transit CamperVan fully outfitted by ModVans. (Courtesy photo)

The Great American Road Trip – Part One

A three-part series chronicling road travel as America slowly reopens

My ride is a 2019 Ford Transit CamperVan fully outfitted by ModVans. (Courtesy photo)
New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was eerily quiet on a Sunday in May. (Courtesy photo)

Air travel in the COVID-19 era

Future of flying holds uncertainty for providers and passengers

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was eerily quiet on a Sunday in May. (Courtesy photo)
There’s virtual tours of some of the best travel destinations in the world, including Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.(Courtesy photo)

Travel: Armchair journeys during the pandemic

From the Great Wall of China to Mars, it’s easy to get your travel fix virtually

There’s virtual tours of some of the best travel destinations in the world, including Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.(Courtesy photo)
National parks, such as Zion (pictured here), and other outdoor places, are likely to be the first areas that travelers return to after the pandemic shelter-in-place orders are lifted.                                 Courtesy photo

Travel: When will we start traveling again after the pandemic passes?

Two travel experts discuss what the future holds for leisure tourism

National parks, such as Zion (pictured here), and other outdoor places, are likely to be the first areas that travelers return to after the pandemic shelter-in-place orders are lifted.                                 Courtesy photo
The Tolosa Tasting Room in San Luis Obispo may be empty these days, but its tours bring tasters there virtually (Courtesy photo)

Virtual California winery tours and real wine tastings while sheltering-in-place

Several wineries have taken this opportunity to more fully engage in social media and use various available platforms

The Tolosa Tasting Room in San Luis Obispo may be empty these days, but its tours bring tasters there virtually (Courtesy photo)
The need for medical care while overseas can be daunting. (Courtesy photo)

Medical care while traveling and during the days of COVID-19

Primary care physicians sailing in same uncharted waters as patients

The need for medical care while overseas can be daunting. (Courtesy photo)
There are plenty of things to do at home during shelter-in-place, including relaxing. (Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Viral musings: Dealing with cabin fever in the days of COVID-19

A few helpful tips for enduring these unusual times

There are plenty of things to do at home during shelter-in-place, including relaxing. (Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rock formations line turquoise waters along the beautiful four-mile Bondi to Coggee Walk. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three perfect days in sensational Sydney

Clean, walkable city is both friendly and diverse

Rock formations line turquoise waters along the beautiful four-mile Bondi to Coggee Walk. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Along the Yarra River, Melbourne’s CBD is lit up by moon and man. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Four days in magnificent Melbourne

City boasts great dining, diversity, natural wonders, and more

Along the Yarra River, Melbourne’s CBD is lit up by moon and man. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Michelin-starred Hawker Chan’s stall is in Chinatown Complex. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three sensational days in Singapore

Dining experiences abound in charming city-state

Michelin-starred Hawker Chan’s stall is in Chinatown Complex. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Worshippers purify themselves at Ubud’s Tirta Empul Hindu Temple holy springs baths.(Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Travel: Sailing from Singapore to Sydney in luxury

Commencing in Singapore, over 18 days, the Silversea Silver Muse made two stops in Indonesia and five in Australia

Worshippers purify themselves at Ubud’s Tirta Empul Hindu Temple holy springs baths.(Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Grand Velas Los Cabos, and its pools, are enticing from above. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Carpe diem in San Jose del Cabo

Close-by holiday hot spot in Mexico has something for everyone

Grand Velas Los Cabos, and its pools, are enticing from above. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)