Cover of the April 2023 issue of Jaunting Magazine Welcome to Jaunting Magazine's April 2023 issue! We hope you enjoy exploring the world with us. In this issue, we feature destinations such as the tranquil oasis of San Antonio's Riverwalk, the charming canals of Murano and Burano, and the breathtaking beauty of Japan's Cherry Blossom Festival. We also take you on a journey to Costa Rica's car-free seaside town of Las Catalinas and the Channel Islands, one of America's lesser-known national parks.

If you are looking for a little adventure, San Antonio's Riverwalk is an excellent option. This public works project built during the Great Depression has become the most popular tourist attraction in Texas. Visitors can explore the Riverwalk's serene pathways, lush gardens, and glistening waters that make it a cool, quiet oasis in the middle of the bustling city.

For those interested in traveling off the beaten path, we recommend a visit to the Channel Islands National Park. Although it requires a little extra effort to reach, the rewards are plenty for those who make the trip. The Channel Islands boast a unique ecosystem, with diverse wildlife and stunning natural beauty. It is an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who loves the great outdoors.

Whether you are looking for a cultural experience or simply want to relax on the beach, this issue of Jaunting Magazine has something for everyone. So sit back, relax, and join us as we explore the world's most exciting destinations.

Articles in This Month's Issue

Channel Islands National Park

A National Park to Remember

The Channel Islands

Feature by Debbie Stone

The rewards are many for those who make the effort to visit the Channel Islands.

Over the past several years, I’ve been on a mission to visit all 63 of our country’s National Parks. The majority are easily accessible, but there are several that require a little extra effort, like the Channel Islands.


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A Tranquil Oasis In the City

San Antonio’s Riverwalk

Feature by Paul Pence

Showing off the depression-era public works project that has grown to be the most popular tourist attraction in Texas.

Growing up in Central Texas, I found many excuses to explore San Antonio. Like most Texans, I felt a civic duty to pay my respects to the defenders of the Alamo. As a student of history, I marveled as I explored the city’s 300-year-old Spanish frontier missions. Tourists can spend whole days having fun at Sea World or Six Flags and those of us who have family buried in the Veteran’s Cemetery have yet another reason to be there. Whenever I found myself in downtown San Antonio, I was always happy to find the cool, quiet oasis offered by the San Antonio Riverwalk.


The canals and colorful houses of Murano and Burano

Handmade Traditions Prevail on

Murano and Burano

Feature by Debbie Stone

Canals, bridges, classic architecture – nope, not Venice, but nearby Murano and Burano!

A trip to Venice is often on many travelers’ bucket lists. With its picturesque canals, narrow streets and numerous historic sights, this renowned destination is a magnet for tourists, who flock there en masse. And then there are those who opt to explore the islands nearby, like Murano and Burano. Murano is well known for its exquisite blown glass; whereas handcrafted lacemaking is Burano’s claim to fame. That and its colorful houses, which make it a photographer’s dream.


Lighting the Olympic Torch

The France 2024 Olympic Torch Relay:

It Starts in Marseille

The spirt of international unity through friendly competition starts with an ancient tradition.

In spring 2024, the Paris 2024 Olympic Torch Relay will begin its journey through France starting in Marseille, host city of the sailing and soccer competitions.


An Age-Old Japanese Tradition:

Cherry Blossom Festival

The first blossoms of the spring symbolize rebirth and remind us of how briefly we have on Earth.

Japan's Cherry Blossom Festival, or Sakura Matsuri, is one of the country's most beloved and iconic cultural events. Every year, millions of visitors from around the world flock to Japan to witness the breathtaking beauty of the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. For many, the festival is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers a glimpse into the heart of Japanese culture and tradition.


Renewal at Costa Rica's Las Catalinas

Costa Rica’s Conscious Town

Las Catalinas

Car free seaside town in Costa Rica offers nature inspired wellness platform.

The conscious town of Las Catalinas is Costa Rica’s newest desirable beach town inspired by New Urbanist philosophy. The car-free, highly walkable town includes several inns and intimate hotels, shops, restaurants, retail, day spas, pedestrian streets, parks, plazas, and recreational facilities, all located between two of Costa Rica’s loveliest Pacific beaches and 1,000 acres of protected tropical dry forest, which are interlaced with extensive hiking and biking trails.