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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)
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)
Yosemite Sam the Samurai Dog accompanied the author on a winter ascent of Elephants Back near Carson Pass on Highway 88. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Winter hikes in Northern California’s snowy mountains

Here are some favorite day trips in our area, arranged from easiest to more challenging.

Yosemite Sam the Samurai Dog accompanied the author on a winter ascent of Elephants Back near Carson Pass on Highway 88. (Matt Johanson/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)
Travelpro Elite 21-inch Expandable Carry-On Spinner

Holiday gift ideas for the traveler in your life

These items may add comfort, save time or relieve stress

Travelpro Elite 21-inch Expandable Carry-On Spinner
An islet near Rangiroa has the perfect beach. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Beyond the bungalow

French Polynesia’s lesser-known Rangiroa, Huahine and Tetiaroa are beautiful isles

An islet near Rangiroa has the perfect beach. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Tarang Arora of Amrapali Jewelry House stands near a section of tribal jewelry displays. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The joy of jewelry in Jaipur

World gemstone capital offers dazzling delights

Tarang Arora of Amrapali Jewelry House stands near a section of tribal jewelry displays. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Our river cruise offered an up-close look at village life on the banks of the Ganges. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Gallivanting on the Ganges

A cruise along India’s sacred river a fascinating West Bengal adventure

Our river cruise offered an up-close look at village life on the banks of the Ganges. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A polar bear on the move is a sight to behold. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Birds, belugas and bears, oh my

Manitoba’s Winnipeg and Churchill region offer amazing cultural and sub-arctic wildlife experiences

A polar bear on the move is a sight to behold. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
This villa at Bricoleur Vineyards is available for those who prefer lush accommodations. (Courtesy photo)

Bricoleur Vineyards opens a new retreat in California

They are either following an aggressive business plan to turn their 40-acre estate into a hospitality retreat or willingly flying by the seat of their pants.

This villa at Bricoleur Vineyards is available for those who prefer lush accommodations. (Courtesy photo)
DAOU Mountain has verdant vineyards. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

An American dream realized in Paso Robles: DAOU Vineyards & Winery

Brothers Georges and Daniel Daou’s passion, dedication are absolute

DAOU Mountain has verdant vineyards. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Those who climb above the giant sequoias earn world-class views, like this perspective from atop Alta Peak. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Day hikes among the giants of Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park boasts the world’s greatest concentration of the namesake trees.

Those who climb above the giant sequoias earn world-class views, like this perspective from atop Alta Peak. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A view of Lake Baikal from one of the many outcrop vistas. (Photo by Max Oksyutik)

Travel: Exploring the wilds of Siberia and Lake Baikal

Civilized roads would remove some of the wildness of this Siberian gem, Lake Baikal.

A view of Lake Baikal from one of the many outcrop vistas. (Photo by Max Oksyutik)