Backpacking

Lost Cities You Can Still Visit

Monday, September 7, 2009

I have recently vowed to myself to do a bit more research on my future destinations before I arrive. Not of cafes or hostels, but of a place’s history.  That way, I can gain a better appreciation while I’m there. And not just what I slept through in high school history class, ancient history, too. We’ve all […]

Udaipur, India: The World’s Best City For Travelers

Saturday, September 5, 2009

“Venice of the East,” or the Indian city of Udaipur won a Travel & Leisure’s annual “World’s Best Awards” as the best city for travelers in 2009. With its many lakes, canals, palaces, and value, it came in ahead of Cape Town, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, and Chiang Mai rounding out the top five. Along the same […]

Colombia Calling (Part One)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Maybe secluded bays and pristine beaches aren’t the first things that pop into people’s head when they think of Colombia, but a trip to Colombia’s Caribbean coast reveals just that. And the best part? No tourists. By Matt Stabile AS I LOOKED OUT THE BUS WINDOW AND INTO THE NIGHT SKY, I could see flashes […]

Angkor Wat At Sunset With A Little Help From My Friends

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Who needs a tour guide when you have friends like these? Angkor Wat with a little help from the local police. By Paige Stringer My first glimpse of Angkor Wat came from the back seat of a Cambodian police officer’s motorbike. It all started with an early evening arrival in Siem Reap. After checking in […]

10 Tips For Train Travel In India

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What’s the difference between 1st AC and Unreserved 2nd Class? What’s the Indrail Pass? What can a hundred rupees note get you with the Train Ticket Examiner? (Answers: Air conditioning and a bunk, unlimited train pass for a period of time, a seat on a full train). For a few more insights, including the best […]

Discovering Phnom Penh

Friday, July 31, 2009

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is as fascinating and steeped in history as it is chaotic, and is now just picking up the pieces from its disastrous history over the last few decades. Narrow, potholed back streets run off frantic roundabouts and wide European-style boulevards, a mark of the French who ran the country […]

Trekking Burma

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Follow Christina on her 62-kilometer trek through the hills of central Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. By Christina Koukkos The bus from Yangon (also known as Rangoon) crawled away in a swirl of dust and exhaust, leaving Marjan and me standing alone and delirious from lack of sleep on a dark street at […]

Panama’s Caribbean Paradise That You’ve Never Heard Of

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kuna Yala, the coastal area of Panama along some of the most picturesque parts of the Caribbean that you’ll ever see, is home 72,000 Kuna, the native people that call this piece of paradise home. In actuality, most of the Kuna live on one of the 365 islands off shore, a chain of coral atolls […]

Did You Know The Best Hostels In The World Are In Lisbon?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Ever check out HostelWorld’s monthly list of the top hostels? If you do, what you’ll most likely notice is that Lisbon dominates the upper half of the list, occupying #2, #4, and #5 (Travellers House, Rossio Hostel, and Lisbon Lounge Hostel, respectively). (The other thing you notice is that Krakow, inexplicably, seems to also be […]

Exploring The Heart Of Cambodia

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Looking for the real Cambodia? Look no further than Tonle Sap. Located directly in the center of the country, Tonle Sap is, quite literally, the lifeblood of Cambodia, helping to supply the country with their massive intake of fish (which accounts for 70% of a typical Cambodian’s diet). Incredibly, this lake will increase its size […]

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