Julie L. Kessler
lawyer traveler writer


Three perfect days in Sri Lanka's commercial capital of Colombo

Mar. 23, 2018

My article "Spending three perfect days in Colombo" appeared in today's edition of MoneyInc. Taking award-winning Cathay Pacific Airways across the Pacific pond was, as usual, excellent. And staying at the just recently opened Shangri-La Hotel Colombo was a real treat. Sparklingly beautiful property, great location, superb food and warm Sri Lankan service. Pretty much picture perfect. 

tagged: Colombo, Shangri-La Hotel Colombo, Cathay Pacific Airways,

Justice in Sri Lanka

Mar. 19, 2018

The article on my interview in Colombo last week with Sri Lankan Supreme Court Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane appeared last week in The Asia Times. A remarkable woman who has been the "first" in so many respects.

tagged: Shiranee Tilakawardane, Sri Lanka Supreme Court,

Some new must have items for travel

Mar. 1, 2018

My piece in today's LA Times on some very cool, new items seen at the 2018 International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas this week.


Soothe your Seoul

Feb. 4, 2018

My article "Soothe your Seoul," portraying three perfect days in the South Korean capital appeared on the front page of Sunday's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

tagged: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, Dosa Restaurant, Parc Seoul, Leeum Samsung Museum,

The Jews of Korea

Feb. 1, 2018

My article on the Jews of Korea appears in today’s edition of The Jewish Journal.

tagged: Chabad Korea

The pleasures of Patagonia

Jan. 28, 2018

My article on Patagonia appears on the front page of today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Defintitely a beautiful bucket list place to visit.

tagged: Silversea Silver Explorer, Patagonia, Niebla, Valdivia, Chiloe Archipelago, Ushuaia, Tiera del Fuego

Captivating cuisine in coastal Carlsbad

Jan. 25, 2018

My article on cuisine in Carlsbad, California and the Four Seasons Residences Aviara appeared in today's edition of MoneyInc.

tagged: Four Seasons Residences Aviara, Campfire,

From Buenos Aires to Rio

Dec. 31, 2017

My article "Sampling South America" while on a Regent Seven Seas cruise appeared on the front page of today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.


The ins and outs of Burma's Inle Lake

Dec. 27, 2017

My article on Burma's Inle Lake region appeared in today's edition of The San Francisco Examiner. The new Sanctum Inle Lake Resort Hotel, a Franco-Burmese joint venture, is one of the best hotels I have had the great fortune to hang my hat.

tagged: Inle Lake, Sanctum Inle Lake Resort Hotel

Rediscovering Kipling's Road to Mandalay

Dec. 24, 2017

My article on cruising Burma/Myanmar's Irrawaddy River in today's edition of The San Francisco Examiner.

tagged: Pandaw, Burma, Myanmar, Mandalay, Bagan

Following one's passion

Jul. 31, 2017

The American Bar Association Perspectives Magazine ran a story on attorneys who followed their passions to make changes or add to their professional lives. I was one of the attorneys featured in this story written by G.M. Filisco. 



Cruising in Chilean Patagonia

Dec. 14, 2017

The first of two articles of mine on cruising in Patagonia appeared in today's edition of MoneyInc Magazine. An incrediblly beautiful part of the world.

tagged: Silversea, Patagonia

Rediscovering the Road to Mandalay

Dec. 17, 2017

My article on cruising the Irrawaddy on Kalaw Pandaw in Burma/Myanmar appeared on the front page of today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

tagged: Pandaw, Irrawaddy, Myanmar, Mandalay, Bagan,

Unforgettable Kenya

Dec. 3, 2017

My article on Kenyan safaris on the front page of today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

tagged: DK Grand Safaris, Fairmont Mt. Kenya, Finch Hattons, Karen Blixen Eco Camp, Larsens Tented Camp

Three perfect days in Seoul

Nov. 30, 2017

My article "Three perfect days in Seoul" appeared in today's edition of MoneyIn Magazine

tagged: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, Dosa Restaurant Seoul, Parc Seoul Restaurant, Leeum Museum,

The Jews of Shanghai

Nov. 21, 2017

My article on “The Jews of Shanghai” appeared in today’s edition of The LA Times. An incredible wartime story in a most surprising place. 

tagged: Shanghai Jews,

Finding beauty in Banff

Nov. 19, 2017

My article on beautiful Banff, Canada appeared on the front page of today’s edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday Travel Section. 

tagged: Banff, Lake Louise, Lake Moraine,

Three perfect days in Yangon

Nov. 3, 2017

The first of several articles of mine on Burma. This one on the former capital Rangoon, now Yangon, appears in today's edition of MoneyInc Magazine.  

tagged: Yangon, The Strand Hotel,

The way to San Jose

Oct. 31, 2017

My Weekend Escape article on San Jose in this past Sunday's LA Times.

tagged: San Jose, JapanTown,

The best and worst of business travel

Oct. 11, 2017

My short piece on "The ten best and worst things of modern business travel" appeared in today's edition on MoneyInc. Happy travels road warriors!