Julie L. Kessler
lawyer traveler writer


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!


The goats have it

Sep. 15, 2017

Here is my article on traveling to the greater Phoenix area that appeared in MoneyInc. Home of spring training for the Chicago Cubs, the Foodie Trail, great spas, and yes, bendable Bovidae - Goat Yoga. Namaste. 

tagged: Phoenix, Mesa, The Foodie Trail, Aji Spa, Goat yoga, Chicago Cubs, Sloan Park

Travelers' six best friends in 2017

Sep. 6, 2017

My article on my top six favorite travel bags and gadgets appeared in today's edition of MoneyInc. Happy travels!

tagged: Genius Pack, Leash it, Knodo, Destination Bags, Lipault, 5tar

Oahu's newest diamond

Sep. 5, 2017

My article on West Oahu and the Four Seasons Ko Olina Resort appears in today's edition of MoneyInc. Aloha one and all.

tagged: Four Seasons Oahu, Makaha, Yokohama Beach, Jan Tetsutani, Tesla Model X,

Hawaii's island of Lanai: Heaven

Aug. 28, 2017

My article on "Lanai: Heaven while still on earth" appeared this morning in MoneyInc. With only 3,000 residents in an idyllic setting and an incredibly redesigned Four Seasons Lanai Hotel, it's an unforgettable experience. 

tagged: Four Seasons Lanai, Nobu Lanai, Restaurant 140, Shipwreck Beach, Hulopo'e Bay, Lanai City, Lodge at Koele

Food and the arts in our nation's capital

Aug. 20, 2017

My article on Washington, DC appears on the front page of today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday Travel Section. 

tagged: Ritz Carlton Washington DC, Westend Bistro,

Colorful, classy Cape Town

Aug. 14, 2017

My article "Why one should visit colorful, classy Cape Town" appears in today's edition of MoneyInc.

tagged: Cape Town, Table Bay Hotel, Baia Seafood Restaurant, Kalk's Bay, Boulders Beach, Grand Synagogue,

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. 



Luxury travel in Dubai

Jul. 24, 2017

My article on Dubai appeared today in MoneyInc. If you're heading from the U.S. to Africa, it's quite an interesting place for a few days to layover.

tagged: Shangri-La Dubai, Desert Safari, Dubai Mall, Ski Dubai

The Kingdom of Bhutan

Jul. 23, 2017

My front page feature story on travel in Bhutan in today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday Travel Section. It is a travel experience like no other.

tagged: Bhutan, Punakha, Thimphu, Tiger's Nest, Paro,

Beautiful Banff

Jul. 17, 2017

My article on Banff appeared today in MoneyInc. For those who love the great outdoors, there is no place like Banff.


Click on the link for the full article and some inspiring photographs.

tagged: Banff, Cascade Botanical Gardens, Bow River, Lake Louise, Lake Moraine, Banff Adventures, Banff Canoe Club, Mount Royal Hotel, Elk & Oarsman Pub, Cow's Ice Cream, Park Distillery Restaurant & Bar, Balkan Restaurant, Bear Street Tavern

Weekend Escape to wine-loving Paso Robles

Jun. 29, 2017

My Weekend Escape piece on Paso Robles appeared in today's edition of The LA Times. If you love wine, you'll love Paso Robles. 

tagged: Paso Robles, Allegretto Hotel, Daou Vineyards, Caldera Cuvée

Cruising the Cape

Jun. 4, 2017

My article "Cruising the Cape" on South Africa and Mozambique appears on the front page of today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  South Africa is steeped in history, is a naturalist, foodie and cultural delight and Cape Town has some of the world's finest restaurants and wines. And Mozambique boasts some wonderful architecture and fabulous beaches. Start packing!

tagged: Silversea, Cape Town, South Africa, Mozambique

A slice of history in Silicon Valley

May 20, 2017

My article on San Jose's Japantown appeared in the Sunday edition of The Asia Times. 

tagged: Silicon Valley, Japantown, Executive Order 9066,

Heaven in Fiji

May 20, 2017

My article on travel in beautiful Fiji appears in today's edition of The Asia Times. Bula, bula!!!!

tagged: Fiji, Nadi, Yasawa Island,

Gross National Happiness in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Apr. 30, 2017

My article on traveling in Bhutan appeared in yesterday's edition of The Asia Times. Such a tiny, interesting country in the Himalayas from which we in the west have much to learn.

tagged: Gross National Happiness, Bhutan, South Asia, Tiger's Nest, Thimphu,

A look into the Kingdom of Bhutan's Supreme Court

Apr. 25, 2017

In today's edition of The Asia Times is my article covering my interview earlier this month with Bhutan's Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuck. Our meeting in his chambers in Bhutan's capital of Thimphu was lengthy as CJ Wangchuck was generous both with his time and his spirit. And from the small world chronicles, I learned shortly before our meeting that CJ Wangchuck received his LLM degree from my alma mater, George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. A small world indeed. 

tagged: Bhutan, Constitutional monarchy, Chief Justice Lyponpo Tshering Wangchuck, Buddhism,