Tim Chester, AFAR Media

Tim Chester

AFAR Media

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Tim:

Now That Travel Is Back, What’s the Best Way to Prepare for a Big Trip?

After years of staycations and local trips, long-haul travel is back. Readers share their tips for going far and wide. → Read More

Great New Things to See and Do in New Zealand

There’s a lot going on, including new sea kayaking adventures, a home for Māori art, and a manuka honey meadery. → Read More

Want to Get Global Entry Fast? Here’s How to Speed Up the Process

There’s a secret way to cut the line for a Global Entry interview. → Read More

What Are Carbon Offsets and How Do They Work?

A rundown of what you need to know about carbon offsets, how they work, and how they may affect the future of travel. → Read More

Why You Should Visit Scottsdale This Fall

We make the case for traveling to Scottsdale in fall 2021, including the best things to do, old favorites and new attractions, restaurants, and events. → Read More

6 Golden Rules of Being a Good Guest

Our vacations wouldn’t be possible without the tour guides, housekeepers, concierges, cooks, and bartenders we encounter along the way. Here, their suggestions for making their days—and your trips—just a little bit better. → Read More

Lego Movie World Opens at Legoland California and It’s a Kaleidoscopic Wonderland

The new themed zone at the Carlsbad location features several new rides: Emmet's Flying Couch, Unikittty's Disco Drop, and Queen Whatevra's Carousel. → Read More

Why Cambria Is Central California’s Most Relaxing Weekend Break

The central coast village is equidistant from Los Angeles and San Francisco and a few dozen miles south of Big Sur. It's a great local getaway for whale watching, winetasting, and restorative hikes. → Read More

San Diego Zoo Announces Collaborative Commitment to Protecting Wildlife

The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance connects researchers at San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park with conservation organizations across the globe. → Read More

Whimsical New Museum Will Bring Hans Christian Andersen’s Imagination to Life

The Hans Christian Andersen museum, which will be called H.C. Andersen's House, will celebrate the life and work of the writer behind “The Little Mermaid” and countless other fairy tales. → Read More

Local Getaways: Why Catalina Island Is the Mediterranean Escape Every Southern Californian Needs

Catalina Island’s beaches, harbor, history and bison make it an ideal weekend getaway from LA. Here’s what to do, eat, and where to stay on Catalina Island. → Read More

Kenya’s Imperiled Wildlife Conservancies Receive Financial Lifeline

Around the Maasai Mara National Reserve, numerous conservancies are host to ecotourism lodges. They've seen visitor numbers crumble in 2020 thanks to the pandemic, but a new loan could prove to be a valuable lifeline. → Read More

Local Getaways: How to Spend a Perfect Weekend in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara on California's central coast is a beautiful city offering great dining, winetasting, and an abundance of outdoor activities. → Read More

Essential Latinx Food Experiences in Los Angeles’s Boyle Heights District

Diane Scalia of Melting Pot Tours has been introducing visitors to the area’s food since 2011. She offers her favorite food spots—all open amid the pandemic. → Read More

14 Fantastic Scenic Drives in the U.S.

Looking for a scenic drive near you? Try one of these 14 great scenic drives around the U.S., from Washington to Florida. → Read More

Hotels Offer "Schoolcations" as Remote Learning Goes Global

In Mexico, the Caribbean, and across the U.S., hotels and resorts are offering remote learning opportunities to entice families. → Read More

This Italian Valley Has Just Been Awarded a Top Stargazing Award

The valley of Saint-Barthélemy in northern Italy receives a new planetarium and Italy's first stargazing recognition. → Read More

The Fresh Prince Mansion Is Listed on Airbnb for $30 a Night

To mark 30 years since the start of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," Airbnb and Will Smith have partnered to offer stays in the famous house. → Read More

Oru Kayak Review: The Foldable Kayak You Really Can Take Anywhere

Read an in-depth review of Oru Kayak and their range of foldable kayaks made for paddling anywhere, like the Beach LT and Haven Tandem kayaks. → Read More

A Stunning New Bridge Offers Vertiginous Views of Norway’s Best Waterfall

The 154-foot bridge gives great views of the Vøringsfossen waterfall in western Norway. → Read More