Backpacking

What Did You Do When You Returned From Angkor Wat?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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 temples. After returning home, […]

The Road To Tibet: Crossing The Friendship Highway

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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 Lhasa and settled under the […]

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

Friday, September 10, 2010

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 major corporations, like Starbucks or […]

Going To Machu Picchu This Fall? See The Rest Of Peru

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The high season for Machu Picchu is roughly June through September, as summer travelers use their vacation time to explore the ruins in the predictably good weather these months bring. In October the rainy season begins, not a great time to trek along narrow paths and camp outside. Oddly enough, I know several people who […]

How To Avoid Bedbugs While Traveling

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hi roomie, I brought back a [insert prized gift here] form my trip to [insert country here]. Also, for good measure I also brought the house some bedbugs! Okay, this is never good, but is becoming all to common for many travelers. But what can you do? Avoid hostels? News flash — hotels are increasingly […]

The Death Of The Gap Year?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The gap year is a foreign concept to most Americans — most high school graduates here head straight on to college. But for the British, the gap year is a hallowed institution, the year-long break before Uni (that’s university to you Yanks) where the budding minds of the best and the brightest head off into […]

Don’t Stop Until You’re Back Where You Started: Around The World Travel Guide

Friday, September 3, 2010

It’s a dreamy concept, isn’t it? Imagine the stories, the passport stamps, the experiences traveling around the world would be. Heck, the three letters “RTW” send me off to distant lands. Yeah, I’ve thought about it — and thought about it hard — haven’t we all? Over at Wanderlust, they just compiled and posted a […]

Traveling Mission Statement

Friday, September 3, 2010

A poem from iPoems for the Dolphins to Click Home About For those who wish to stand before the horizon and smile at its attainability, for those who desire to enter the culture of the world, to walk in the paths of past kings, to fluently speak the language of the world, to dream the […]

Fighting The Flashpacker Label (What Is A Flashpacker Anyway?)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

When I first heard the term “flashpacker,” I instantly thought of the Bill Bryson book, “A Walk in the Woods.” The main characters are hiking the Appalachian Trail and running into people representing, more or less, a microcosm of society. One person they met was totally and utterly clueless about what it takes to complete […]

How To Get A Visa For Vietnam

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What’s more fun than getting off a plane and immediately being hit up for cash just to step foot outside the airport? (I’ll answer my own question. The answer is: getting the seat next to the lavatory for your 16-hour flight. Oh the stories you’ll tell.) The fact is, visas are never fun, especially for […]

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