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SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part Two (Saigon: First Impressions)
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SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part Two (Saigon: First Impressions)

Jet lag does some strange things to the mind on the road. Waking up, sweating in the middle of the night, with no chance of falling back asleep, it sends your mind into some dark corners of the world, switching off all pleasure receptors and robbing you of all that […]

We’ve Got Your Back: Ways To Avoid Being A Cafe Douchebag
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We’ve Got Your Back: Ways To Avoid Being A Cafe Douchebag

Cafes serve as our internet oasis while on the road. I’ve often found myself infused with copious amounts of coffee in order to let my Facebook crew know I survived my last ramblings. Even more so, hours pass updating the ol’ travel blog on the latest Asian weirdness I happened […]

SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part One (When A Layover Becomes A Trip)
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SE Asia Trip Dispatch: Part One (When A Layover Becomes A Trip)

There are a couple of things you should keep in mind when planning to include a massive layover during your trip. One: despite its reputation, layovers are good. Especially when they’re in a city you’ve never been to before. Especially when it’s Saturday night. And especially when you have two […]

Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Visit Before It Becomes Phuket
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Phu Quoc, Vietnam: Visit Before It Becomes Phuket

“Like Phuket before it became Phuket.” Anyone notice how this saying is quickly becoming the de facto description to use to describe an island in Southeast Asia that is, amazingly, undeveloped and seemingly undiscovered by tourists? (I recently wrote about this article about Boracay, Philippines — an island that also […]

Colombia’s Caribbean Coast
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Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Colombia’s Caribbean coast is in the news big time this week, with article in both the Financial Times and the NY Times. Gone are the days when the region’s checkered history scared away tourists. Now, for better or worse (better if you’re a local depending on travelers), you’re more likely […]

How Many Days Can I Travel On $1,000? (Your Guide To The Cheapest Countries To Travel)
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How Many Days Can I Travel On $1,000? (Your Guide To The Cheapest Countries To Travel)

A few months ago I wrote about this chart on Rough Guides’ web site calculating how many days you can travel with $1,000 in various countries around the world. Ahead of the upcoming publishing phenomena, otherwise known as the book release of “The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World” (more on […]

The Quest To Avoid Tourists In Vietnam Continues
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The Quest To Avoid Tourists In Vietnam Continues

If you basically draw a line between the northern and southern tips of Vietnam, then mark the exact middle, you’ll find Da Nang, the former U.S. stronghold during the Vietnam (or American, depending on which country you were living in) War, and now an increasingly popular destination for travelers looking […]

What Did You Do When You Returned From Angkor Wat?
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What Did You Do When You Returned From Angkor Wat?

For those of you planning on visiting Angkor Wat, there may be more to the massive temple complex than you had originally expected. American researcher Kent Davis, after visiting the site back in 2005, was struck by the numerous (1,800 to be exact) female figures carved in various portions of […]

The Road To Tibet: Crossing The Friendship Highway
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The Road To Tibet: Crossing The Friendship Highway

Tibet’s history is a complicated story of spirituality, invasion, conquest, and persecution. Once a Buddhist nation governed by the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s religious identity was brutally stripped away in 1951 when Chinese troops forcibly occupied the region, destroying monasteries and killing thousands of civilians. In 1959 the Dalai Lama fled […]

Why Haven’t More Travelers Heard Of Guanajuato? Maybe That’s Good . . .
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Why Haven’t More Travelers Heard Of Guanajuato? Maybe That’s Good . . .

For some, global cities have lost their luster. As we travel from New York City to Paris to Tokyo to Buenos Aires, some travelers have found that each city is, as the Taiwanese that I met liked to say, “same, same, but different.” In most urban centers you can find […]

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