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We're Michael & Therese

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We are Michael Hodgson and Therese Iknoian, the husband-and-wife team behind the HI Travel Tales curtain – and, yes, despite travel’s occasional travails, we remain happily married and always look forward to the next trip together. We are veteran travel journalists and photographers — not Instagram bikini influencers (no one wants to see Michael in a bikini anyway!)

HI Travel Tales is dedicated to inspiring meaningful travel adventures around the world with a focus on immersive travel experiences. We discover the unexpected and extraordinary even in the most common of destinations. Our award-winning writing and photography guides travelers and non-travelers alike on a journey of discovery and wonder.

We love sharing stories from other travelers, too, and have a growing slate of wonderful contributors. We are also surrogate parents to a rather large and still growing family of stuffed animals who all have names and invariably fight over who gets to go on the next trip (Michael sometimes insists two go, hiding one in Therese’s carry-on.)

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We are travelers. Always have been. We engage. We explore. We immerse ourselves everywhere we go. We are both uber-curious and enthusiastic about sharing our experiences. Here are a few of our latest travel adventures.

Climb the Berlin gasometer for the best sunset views of Berlin

Climb the Berlin gasometer for the best sunset views of Berlin

Reading Time: 12 minutes Take a Berlin gasometer tour to experience what could arguably be one of the best views of Berlin, sunrise to sunset. View our photo gallery of our gasometer tour to see the adventure of a lifetime. And the 360-degree views of Berlin are stunning, night or day.

Kasbah du Toubkal hotel, a perfect Atlas Mountains sanctuary in Imlil

Kasbah du Toubkal hotel, a perfect Atlas Mountains sanctuary in Imlil

Reading Time: 9 minutes In the hills above Imlil, where there once were kasbah ruins, you find a grand mountain retreat called Kasbah du Toubkal hotel, carefully curated to maintain its historic flavor and local connection with an emphasis on sustainable operations. But Kasbah du Toubkal is much more than a glorious historic hotel on a hilltop. Read on to learn why you WILL want to stay here on your next Morocco visit.

Best Morocco photos – Our favorite Morocco Instagram photos

Best Morocco photos – Our favorite Morocco Instagram photos

Reading Time: 14 minutes Morocco is a country that fills your senses to overflowing. Morocco is a country that will get inside your soul. It is both exotic and gritty and that, in part, is the attraction. The best of our Morocco Instagram photos will help inspire your next visit, or fondly remember your last.

Discover the secret Ostannya Barykada restaurant in Kyiv

Discover the secret Ostannya Barykada restaurant in Kyiv

Reading Time: 7 minutes Ostannya Barykada restaurant, also known as the Last Barricade restaurant, is a hidden secret worth discovering in Kyiv. It is not just a restaurant with historic décor and astounding, creative, all-Ukrainian food and drink. Think of Ostannya Barykada as a gastronomic space in a museum that gives a huge bear hug to the essence of Ukraine.

How to cook the best Moroccan couscous, thanks Riad Laaroussa

How to cook the best Moroccan couscous, thanks Riad Laaroussa

Reading Time: 4 minutes Until I cooked and then tasted the best Moroccan couscous during a visit to Fes, I had no idea how bad my couscous was. During a casual cooking class at Riad Laaroussa in Fes, Morocco, with the riad’s Queen of the Kitchen, Fatima, we learned to make Moroccan couscous the right way. We’ll show you how!

Best Berlin Photos – Our favorite Berlin Instagram photos

Best Berlin Photos – Our favorite Berlin Instagram photos

Reading Time: 4 minutes Berlin is endlessly fascinating and remains one of our favorite cities in the world to photograph and explore. We’ve included a few of our top Berlin photos in this Best Berlin Photos – Our favorite Berlin Instagram photos post. Scroll through to discover what to see on your Berlin visit.

Point Au Roche Lodge review – A perfect Adirondack Coast basecamp

Point Au Roche Lodge review – A perfect Adirondack Coast basecamp

Reading Time: 3 minutes Point Au Roche Lodge is the perfect place to base out of when exploring the Adirondack Coast, a very beautiful part of New York situated along the western shore of Lake Champlain and in the shadows of the High Peaks, New York’s tallest mountains. Point Au Roche Lodge is luxurious without being pretentious. Read our review here.

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