Travel Philosophy

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 […]

All The World In A Mango Tree In India

Monday, September 23, 2013

Padmashri Kaleemullah Khan has produced a living masterpiece: a strange monster of a mango tree. When I visited the man and the tree, I discovered that there was, in this curious demonstration of skill and patience, a metaphor for the entire nation of India. In a single tree, there is an entire world. Just a […]

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 […]

This Is Why I’m Not Taking My Phone To India Tomorrow

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Technophobe: To Be or Not To Be I’m leaving for India tomorrow, and one thing that I’m not packing with me is my iPhone. Yes, that very same phone that I use to take pictures with and to then upload to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The same phone I use to check my multiple e-mail […]

Living In The Face Of South Africa’s Apartheid

Monday, April 8, 2013

After two weeks in the bounty of Cape Town, South Africa, I can safely say I’ve arrived home. The depths of jet-lag got me out of bed just before dawn. I’ve fired up my laptop and I find myself typing amidst a flickering orange hue of a fire to my right; my two huskies lying […]

10 Places You Will Never Visit: A Challenge?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I burned my hand pretty bad when I was at an age when I was longer dirtying my diaper but still believed that the Easter Bunny sometimes went on picnics with Santa Claus and Batman. I scorched it while helping my mom cook in the kitchen (if I was a girl she would have named […]

Is There A Right Path To Travel?

Friday, March 22, 2013

And, I quote, “Getting there is half the fun when you’re on a cruise ship that left Brisbane on Saturday afternoon and won’t dock at Noumea until Tuesday afternoon, and you’ve got four new books from the library.” That was from a recent article in The New Zealand Herald by Ewan McDonald who head-butts the idea of […]

Hostel Situations: Are Backpacker Hangouts Finally Branching Out?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Increased connectivity is in the contemporary buzzfeed. Along with social media and networking platforms, travelers are discovering that the way we travel should, naturally, also be social and fun, which makes the rise in popularity of hostels make perfect sense. A recent NYT article introduced the Mexico City-based hostel Downtown Beds, a hostel located in the former servants’ quarters of […]

One Country Away From Seeing Them All: Q&A With Roaming Entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau

Monday, February 25, 2013

Still in his early thirties, Chris Guillebeau is one country away from completing a tour of every country on earth — all 193 of them — all while never having a “real job.” In his fight for eradicating conventional beliefs, he proves time and time again that “The Art of Non-Conformity” is not just a concept […]

My Encounter With The Invisible People Of Guilin

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Our small bus was approaching the center of Guilin, China, and we were headed for one of the local highlights called Fubo Hill. An emperor from the Tang Dynasty had erected a temple there to commemorate the life of one of his top military leaders, a general named Fubo. Mr. Li, our guide, assured us […]

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