Mara Vorhees

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It’s been nearly two decades since Mara moved to Boston and embraced her destiny as a Red Sox fan. She writes about destinations from Costa Rica to Russia, but her favorite assignments are the ones that allow her to discover something new about her home in New England. She writes about Boston and other parts of the region for Lonely Planet. Her work has also appeared in the Boston Globe and many other newspapers and magazines. She often travels with her seven-year-old twins in tow: follow their adventures online at Have Twins Will Travel.

Posts by Mara Vorhees

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  • 1
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Bicycle. It’s easy to dodge traffic and find short cuts. You’re traveling fast enough to take detours and explore new territory, but slow enough to interact with people and experience places as you pass through.

  • 2
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    My most exciting and surprising travel experience was the first time I traveled by myself, when I was 21 years old and I spent a summer traveling around the world. I was so nervous about traveling by myself – not because of the danger aspect, but just because I thought my experiences would somehow be diminished because I was not sharing them with anybody. What I found out, of course, was that I am my own best travel companion, and solo experiences are sometimes even richer than shared experiences. This was surprising! Furthermore, it’s was exciting to discover that one of the best parts of travel is getting to know fellow travelers and local people – and it’s infinitely easier to do so when traveling solo. Nowadays, it’s not easy for me to leave my family behind and travel by myself, but it’s always worthwhile.

  • 3
    Who would you choose as a seatmate on a cross-continential road trip?

    My husband. I can’t think of anybody else that I’d rather talk to (or be silent with) for that extended period of time. And now that we have six-year-old twins at home, it would be quite a treat to have the uninterrupted time together.

  • 4
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Russia! It may lose points in the climate and cuisine categories, but it’s fascinating and fun and yes, even beautiful. And the Russians’ sour reputation is totally misplaced.