Choquequirao: The Other Machu Picchu?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Not for the weary traveler, the multi-day trek to Choquequirao tests even the most experienced hikers. But what about the result? How about unforgettable Inca ruins far from the crowds of tourists at that “other” site. The streets of the former Inca Capital, Cusco, Peru, are usually filled with tourists from around the world. They […]

When In South Africa, Go To Mozambique

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It’s a horrible analogy, but here it goes. Mozambique is to South Africa as Mexico is to the U.S.: Respites away from the home country where the currency goes further, the beaches go less visited, and the chance to get far away from it all is really not that far away at all. This week […]

Why We Climb The World’s Largest Mountains

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

You’ve drained the bank account reserving your guide and porters, and have now flown across the world to climb one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. From the flat African Savannah, sprinkled with elephant and lions, rises Mt. Kilimanjaro. You’ve read about the 60% chance you won’t make it up, and about the percentage of people that end up never leaving the […]

Mumbai: Experiencing Orchestrated Chaos

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I have always been hyper-organized, borderline dogmatic, and would get frustrated anytime things did not go according to plan. Even growing up, some people were proud to say they make full, three-second stops at stop signs. Actually, just today I was hollered at by a lady across the street as I glided through a four-way stop on my bicycle. […]

Where To Avoid The Tourists In Vietnam

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

This week the NYT headed off-the-beaten-path in Vietnam in search of a little respite from the hustle and bustle that is the rest of the country, and where they found it may be a little surprising: Con Dao — the infamous island chain known more for their prisons than for their visitors. Until recently, the […]

Video: Why Would Anyone Want To Leave Bali?

Friday, May 21, 2010

The girls over at Something Creative decided to trek off of their home island of Bali, and head one island over to Gili Trawangan, off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia, where where the roads are carless, the shallow waters are ripe for diving, and the mood is laid back. Okay, this kind of describes much […]

Taming The Brutal Kimodo Dragon . . . Sort Of

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Real adventures, I mean the utterly real, still exist. You may have to look quite hard for them, but they’re still out there. The Telegraph recently recounted a trip into the lair of the fire-breathing, man-eating lizard, the Kimodo Dragon. At first glance, I thought this was one of those real kind of adventures. Not so. There wasn’t any fire […]

Rwanda: Remembering Why We Travel

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Everyone travels differently and travels for different reasons. Some people need time to relax when others need to feel their hearts racing and beating in their throats. Yet, no matter the traveler, you know that a place had an impression on someone when he or she comes back and can’t stop talking about the people […]

Alive And Well In Prague: A Case Study Of Ex-Patriotism

Monday, May 17, 2010

When asked why they choose to leave their native soil, I’ve heard plenty of ex-patriots answer with tales of youthful days spent eagerly turning the pages of a National Geographic and dreaming. My own youthfully intrepid mind used to consistently conjure up vivid images standing on a boat’s bow peering out into an infinite sea. […]

Video: India In 3 Minutes

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

This video’s got a great intro that reads: In January 2010 I traveled with a friend to Nepal and attempted to drive an auto rickshaw 2,000 miles to the bottom of India. The rickshaw broke down every day and eventually completely stopped working. We took the train the rest of the way. Is this why […]

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