Luke´s Europe Trip: Dispatch 4 (Holy Andalusian Tapas! By Decree Of The King!)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I tend to consider myself a wholesome, PG-rated person. But in looking back at my first three Expeditioner dispatches from my Europe trip, the themes were not exactly the stuff of church homilies. They included: Selling cigarettes in London, The Devil, and illegally visiting Paris’s catacombs. To redeem myself, I was resolved to make my […]

The Embattled Island Of Corrigador, Philippines

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I wouldn’t consider Manila a “destination” as far as destinations go. It’s one of those cities you fly into then spend a day or two getting your feet wet before you go to the places you’ve come to see.  Although that may be somewhat true, the few days I spent there made me realize it […]

How You, Too, Can Get Invited To A Stranger’s House For A Meal In Italy

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Not content with the haute cusisine and celebrity chefs that permeate the dining scene in New York, the NYT’s Frugal Traveler, Matt Gross, headed off to Italy to barge in on some local families for a few but-gusting sit-down lunches and dinners (oh yeah, they were also complete strangers), all without getting kicked out even […]

What’s In Your Bag? The Best Pre-Packed Bag Pictures

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Being a guy I was completely oblivious to the odd little corner of the internet devoted to girls showing off what they carry in their handbags (a cousin to this is the showing-off-what-I-bought videos on YouTube). On Flickr you can find groups such as Whatsinmybag and Whatsinyourbag, collections consisting of thousands of such pictures. Not […]

Luke’s Europe Trip: Dispatch #3 (Plan your Illegal Activities Ahead: Unofficial Visit to Paris’ Underground)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

* Disclaimer: As is becoming the norm with Luke’s contributions, hereby takes no responsibility for your imprisonment, injury or death as a result of mimicking any of the following actions described in this article People say that the land beneath Paris is like Swiss cheese. Outside the frequented subway, most tourists and residents spend their […]

Seeing Real Phuket (Without The Tourists) By Any Means Possible

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

You find yourself paddling a lagoon in the Dr. Seussian islands, about 20 kilometers northwest of Phuket, Thailand. Few words have entered your mind since you began; perhaps none of your vocabulary matches the kind of tranquil beauty around you. That is, until you notice your arms begin to tire from paddling your kayak for […]

Luke’s Europe Trip: Dispatch #1 (London: Your Guide To Leaving The City $150 Richer Than When You Came!)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

* Disclaimer: hereby takes no responsibility for your imprisonment or diplomatic incident you cause as a result of mimicking any of the following actions described in this article. As a writer I think I’ve acquired some questionable thought patterns. Where my mind used to say, “That’s illegal, so don’t do it.” It now says, […]

Traveling Alone Without Loneliness

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It is all too familiar of a feeling when traveling solo, or even with someone: loneliness. You miss your friends, your family, the luxuries back home, your bicycle, your crappy job. It can be overwhelming, especially if you are traveling for an indefinite time period, and at times you want to throw in your undersized-hosteling […]

Surfing With Swamis In India

Friday, March 5, 2010

You know how you’re always thinking to yourself, “I wish this next trip I could both surf and expand my spirituality at an ashram”? Well look no further than that Kaliya Mardana Krishna Ashram in Karnataka, India, home to Swami Narasingha. As the Telegraph reports, “Swami Narasingha, who grew up surfing in Florida, established this […]

What You Need To Know About CouchSurfing

Thursday, March 4, 2010

There were a number of confused reactions this weekend at the NYT Travel Show by the more senior members of the audience when the speakers would get into such things as Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare. But there was perhaps no greater confusion (and sometimes indignation) than when the topic turned to Of course, for […]

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