Backpacking​​

How To Cross The Street In Vietnam
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How To Cross The Street In Vietnam

It sounds like the beginning of a joke: How do you cross the street in Vietnam? (Possible punchlines: “You don’t,” “You start by taking out a life insurance policy,” or “You buy a motorbike.”) As […]

The Easiest Way To Get A Myanmar Visa
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The Easiest Way To Get A Myanmar Visa

With considerable political reforms occurring over the last year, Myanmar (Burma), once a pariah state in the world of travel, has become this year’s hottest backpacker destination. Although some significant human rights issues remain, travelers are keen […]

How I Found Colorado Atop Crestone Needle
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How I Found Colorado Atop Crestone Needle

It was Thursday morning and my cell phone lit up. I had a text. “Look up Crestone Needle and let me know if you have the balls for that one.” It was from my climbing […]

Into The Andes: The High Road Through Ecuador
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Into The Andes: The High Road Through Ecuador

Pan-American Transmissions: Part 8 “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. […]

Bad News Sweden: Phuket Is Full
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Bad News Sweden: Phuket Is Full

Bad news Sweden: Phuket is full. Well, not full exactly, but the Thai island (and its smaller nearby cousins, known for their white sand beaches and DEET-laced alcoholic cocktails) is on path for another record-setting year, […]

The Quest For Calm At The Monkey Temple
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The Quest For Calm At The Monkey Temple

“So apparently there’s this crazy monkey temple in the hills that I’ve been meaning to hike up to. It’s called Galtaji. Are you guys in?” asked Sam. She’d been living in Jaipur for the past […]

Some Ideas After You’re Done With Halong Bay
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Some Ideas After You’re Done With Halong Bay

Chances are your visit to Halong bay will likely involve an armada of small boats jammed with backpackers and local tourists navigating the waterways between the limestone outcrops that make up Vietnam’s most recognizable landmark. […]

Hiking Through The Past In Kauai
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Hiking Through The Past In Kauai

Day two of our mini-adventure was not off to a good start. Megan’s hiking boots were soaked and covered in the pasty red sludge that had become the Kalalau Trail. My declarations to “look at […]

Medellin: A Tale of Two Cities
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Medellin: A Tale of Two Cities

Pan-American Transmissions: Part 7 “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. […]

Heard Of Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba? Probably Not, But That May Change Soon
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Heard Of Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba? Probably Not, But That May Change Soon

When you think hydroelectric dam build in the 1950’s by an Italian company in Zimbabwe, you probably don’t think environmental wonderland in Southern Africa, but this may change soon. Lake Kariba, located on the border […]