Backpacking

Want To Learn How To Be A Real Traveler In Thailand?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

You’re almost there. You’ve booked your ticket, bought your guidebook and packed everything in your bags to last you through the several weeks of vacation you’re planning to have in Thailand. Everybody in your social circle knows you’re heading to the exciting land of beautiful beaches, friendly people and delicious food. Sure, you’ve made your […]

When A Lost Guatemalan Taught Me To Walk On Water

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It has been three years since I last saw Loch. We parted on a train somewhere under London, thousands of miles away from the town in Guatemala where we had first met. As the tube doors slid shut on an era, I did not imagine that it would be near Sagres, Portugal’s most Southwesterly tip, […]

My Discovery Of Eden In Semuc Champey, Guatemala

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I’m riding in the back of an open truck that must have served to transport cattle at some point, but on this occasion, it is taking me from the town of Lanquín to the secluded community of Semuc Champey, in the heart of the Guatemalan jungle. Riding with me is my girlfriend and about a […]

Facing The Feces Factor: Tasting My First Cup Of Kopi Luwak Coffee

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My first cup of Kopi Luwak coffee, sometimes better known as “cat poo coffee” or the rarest beverage in the world, was a memorable introduction into the highly envious world of extreme luxury, though this tasting occurred far outside the confines of the dining room of a fine-dining restaurant in Hong Kong or New York […]

Ducks, Drugs And Dance Meditation: My Failed Stay At A Nicaraguan Permaculture Farm

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The man walked blindfolded between our outstretched fingers as we caressed him with leaves and feathers. Other hands reached out to caress or hold him. “You are loved,” someone whispered. “I love you,” echoed another. He ended his walk in the arms of the oldest man and woman on the farm. They cradled him as […]

6 Questions For The Girl From “The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever”

Thursday, November 14, 2013

If you’ve been anywhere near a computer at all this week, chances are you’ve come across  “The craziest OkCupid date ever,” the highly click-worthy article that was published by Salon on Monday, and which has since gone completely viral (over 16,000 shares on Facebook alone as of today). The story chronicles the 21-day, ultra-minimal trip to Europe […]

6 Haggling Tips For People Too Nice To Haggle

Monday, November 11, 2013

1) Get to Know Someone Getting to know locals is always a good idea in general. Personal connections are an important part of travel, often leading to the most memorable and unexpected travel experiences. Although looking to someone to do any actual negotiation is asking too much, many people are happy to provide helpful information. […]

The Shark Whisperer Of Belize

Thursday, October 10, 2013

“What do you mean, he’s the Shark Whisperer?” The bartender grinned slyly as he handed me a halved coconut brimming with rum punch. “I won’t give it away. You’ll see for yourself. Just try not to think of Steve Irwin and you’ll be fine.” Belizean culture, I had discovered, was a sizzling fusion of Mayan […]

Turning The Car Around: One Road To Expatriatism

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Stories can be told from limitless angles of perspective. So let’s begin this tale from the viewpoint of a Salvadorian family living in a small, rural village. It is a sunshiny day in a one-goat town a few hours drive and world away from the busy capital — a place far removed from the beaches […]

Travel Guide to India (Part 5): The Himalayas

Sunday, September 15, 2013

In part five (and last) of my video travel guide to India I trek into the Himalayas along the famed Singalila Ridge, a picturesque trail that winds its way between Nepal and India, and through multiple small Himalayan villages. The highlight is the morning sunrise over the third highest mountain in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga, […]

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