Backpacking

The Easiest Way To Get A Myanmar Visa

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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 to experience the legendary, relatively “untouched” culture of this unique Southeast Asian country, hot on the heels of several Western […]

How I Found Colorado Atop Crestone Needle

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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 friend Nick. I typed “14ers.com” into my browser — the go-to website for all things pertaining to Colorado’s storied fourteeners […]

Into The Andes: The High Road Through Ecuador

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. When Ania was a little girl in the Quebec countryside, […]

Bad News Sweden: Phuket Is Full

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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, with an estimated 4.7 million visitors expected to visit the island in 2012, up from 4.2 million in 2011. Quite […]

The Quest For Calm At The Monkey Temple

Monday, September 10, 2012

“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 month or so and was already well versed in the main tourist attractions: the Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, City Palace, […]

Some Ideas After You’re Done With Halong Bay

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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. But if you’re interested in seeing some other just as interesting but less crowded sites, Lonely Planet has a few […]

Hiking Through The Past In Kauai

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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 the view” were met with, “just stop talking to me for 30 minutes and I will try to pull myself […]

Medellin: A Tale of Two Cities

Friday, August 10, 2012

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. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. Fourteen-year-old hookers stand at the corner from Medellin’s central plaza […]

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

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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 of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is experiencing a resurgence of sorts. As the economic and political situation in Zimbabwe improves, more […]

The Other Face Of India

Monday, July 23, 2012

A group of smiling young faces stare back at you from the photograph. Their bodies are thin and semi-clothed, and they are sitting in filth; a stagnated water puddle serves as a befitting background. Kids of slum dwellers in Kolkata are extremely excited at having their picture taken. Their joviality belittles their circumstances. This shot […]

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