Writing my articles on forbes.com Getty Fun! Foolishness! Disease! Genius Mollusks! Death! Food! Romance! (Genius Mollusks?) Yes, you’ll find that and more in the following 11 articles, along with information on some of the fascinating places you can hopefully head to later this year. This bespoke frenzy collection takes you across the world while you’re still not out of the country, with what I consider my best travel items from last year. It has become a tradition of mine over the past six years on forbes.com; this year a gift of good travel experiences in Europe, South Africa, Bali, Mexico, Guatemala, USA and more. Is to share them with friends who love to travel. Let’s go: I fell in love with “My Octopus Teacher”, the recent documentary on Netflix. It is perhaps the most beautiful and empowering animal / human bond I have ever seen. (Well, definitely the most touching mollusc / human connection.) And so when I realized I had traveled to the area at the tip of South Africa where this intelligent little octopus lived in a kelp forest , I wrote about the surroundings above and underwater, with great pleasure. MORE FORBESAventures In False Bay, South Africa, near Cape Town: Location of “My Octopus Teacher” By Lea Lane I was blown away by the ceremony and thrill of La Dia de Los Muertos. I offer you a unique weekend in the Yucatan Peninsula from a personal point of view. MORE FORBES “Day of the Dead” in Mexico – Haunted, Sensual, Unforgettable By Lea Lane It’s a true story, a lot funnier after the fact. I was a distraught solo with ants in my pants in a beautiful and solemn ceremony. Literally. Check it out and you will see. MORE FROM FORBESSince Bali limiting tourism until 2021, here’s a fun and haunting travel story from there – To Enjoy Now By Lea Lane Let’s get serious for a moment. I am among the many in 2020 to have caught Covid-19. It was pretty bad, and the worst thing for me was that it continued to be bad from March to August. I’m so much better now, but it’s been a long journey that I never want to take again. Please keep yourself and the others safe and wear a goddamn mask until the scientists tell us we don’t need to! MORE FORBESS Six Months as Covid Long-Hauler: Endless Symptoms, Many Unknowns By Lea Lane These American cities are some of the best we can do for old world charm – nationally. MORE FORBESMiss Traveling in Europe? These 10 American towns and cities offer European charmBy Lea Lane Ride the rails in privacy through some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, then stop at parks along the way – nifty. This article will be of interest to you even after the pandemic and is a good article to share with nature lovers. MORE FORBESSix stunning national parks you can reach with Amtrak – in private roomsBy Lea Lane How will travel after the pandemic be? These travel enthusiasts have some pretty interesting ideas. One of my most read articles ever. MORE FORBES Where do we go from here? Surprising Predictions From 12 Travel Experts By Lea Lane Perhaps this Easter is a safe way to splurge and visit this incredible cultural event. It is worth looking at least once in your life for the pageantry alone. And Antigua, Guatemala is beautiful. MORE FROM FORBESWorld’s The Most Beautiful Celebration of Holy Week: Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site By Lea Lane, I posted this article on Valentine’s Day 2020, when I hadn’t much awareness of the devastating pandemic to come. Afterwards, it is particularly dreamy. MORE FROM FORBESThe 12 Most Romantic European Destinations Of All By Lea Lane As soon as I can safely transport myself to the world, if I had to choose to visit a city – besides Paris, a no-brainer – it would be San Sebastian, in northern Spain. In other words, if they let me in. I can taste the fresh fish in the chaming restaurant at the port, see the art nouveau carousel rotating near the town hall, imagine the sound of the waves on the festive beach … soon. I hope. MORE FROM FORBESThe Best Of San Sebastian, Spain: Including Legendary Hotel and Pintxo Pub Crawl By Lea Lane, I’ll end early – January 2020, when I thought about this dark topic. It’s a fitting ending to my collection of favorite posts, because it shows us just how bad things can get and we can continue from there. MORE FROM FORBES 75 years after liberation: Jerusalem Forum, “Faces of Auschwitz” – and tour of the death camp by Lea Lane.