Backpacking

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, […]

Travel Guide To India (Part 2): Bodhgaya

Sunday, August 18, 2013

In part two of my video travel guide to India I travel to Bodhgaya, one of the most sacred places in all of the Buddhist religion. It was at this location 2,500 years ago that a young Prince Siddhartha sat under a fig tree, meditated and found enlightenment, thus becoming the Buddha. I start off […]

Travel Guide To India (Part One): Calcutta

Sunday, August 11, 2013

In this video travel guide to India, I begin my travels in India with Calcutta. India had long been on my bucket list of countries to travel to in the world, and in April, 2013, I finally made it there, starting with Calcutta, with no better reason than the fact was I knew so little […]

You Haven’t Experienced A Sunrise Until You’ve Done So In Tikal, Guatemala

Monday, July 22, 2013

The only thing more magical than hiking through a jungle in the dark, following a path that must be made of white gravel because it glows faintly in the full moon, is hiking through a jungle in the dark past big black hills — blacker than the sky behind them, blacker than the trees that […]

33 Reasons To Visit India

Sunday, May 12, 2013

1) Because rush hour here is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.  (Calcutta) 2) And no matter what day it is, you’re likely going to see a parade. 3) Because eating fresh isn’t a lifestyle choice, it’s the norm. 4) And this is what your grocery store looks like. (Bodhgaya) 5) Because the British left […]

The Driest Place on Earth: From Bolivia’s Salt Flats To Chile’s Atacama Desert

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pan-American Transmissions: Part 11 “Pan-American Transmissions” is a travel series from Special Contributor Diego Cupolo as he travels south from Nicaragua to Argentina. He has few plans, a $10-a-day budget and one flute-playing gypsy companion. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. Pink flamingos wade through blood-red lagoons on a seemingly endless […]

Discovering The Real Morocco In The Souk

Monday, April 1, 2013

The chaotic atmosphere of Marrakesh, Morocco, is like nothing you’re used to. The coolest city in Morocco is unique in its regimented disorder. Horses pulling green carriages mark the roads that the motorcycles and taxis weave through in a wave of terrifying harmony. The main openings that lead into the narrow souks are at the […]

This Is What Your Trip To Iran Would Look Like

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

It’s hard to imagine today, but back in the ’60s and ’70s, Iran was a widely visited country and an integral part of the “Hippie Trail”, which means your parents are much more likely to have seen Iran than you. Which is, of course, sad since Iran would likely be a major destination for travel […]

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