Exploring The Caucasus Mountains On The Chechen Border: It’s Not What You’d Think

Monday, February 17, 2014

Small black figures walk up and down the jagged ridge. A patch of blue sky peers down onto the blue-green slopes of the bare mountainside before it disappears behind the grey, cotton clouds. A cool wind brushes against my skin and carries the smell of burnt wood and charcoal from my denim jacket I had […]

How Many Americans Have A Passport?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

How many Americans have a passport? This was the question a British friend asked me one day, probably based upon an assumption that much of the world has about Americans, which is that the majority of U.S. citizens do not have passports, and therefore cannot travel outside its borders. I had no idea what the […]

New Zealand: The Best Of What We Have To Offer

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I know that it’s cliche to say (you know, given The Lord of the Rings), but is there anywhere else in the world that seems more unlike the world we know around us than New Zealand? With its otherworldly landscapes and dramatic terrain, it’s not a stretch to think that if we were forced to […]

The Curious Case Of The Female Napoleon At The Louvre

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I am sitting on a bench in the Denon wing of the Musée du Louvre. It is almost noon and in front of me is The Consecration of Napoleon (otherwise known as The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine on December 2, 1804), one of the museum’s most famous works […]

CNN: America’s Trusted Source For News About Bowel Movements On The High Seas

Sunday, February 2, 2014

I’ve come to a recent conclusion: CNN loves to report on the bathroom activities of people on cruise ships. Specifically, their bowel movements, but sometimes they also report about people’s need to throw up in bathrooms on cruise ships. And like other afflictions detrimental to our society as a whole (crack, heroin, How I Met […]

Here’s Delta’s Totally Awesome 80s-Inspired In-Flight Safety Video

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Not to be outdone by some of the better in-flight safety videos of late, such as Air New Zealand’s Lord of the Rings-themed video or Virgin America’s quirky animated video, Delta recently released an 80s-themed safety video sure to inspire a few people to actually look up from reading the back of their air sickness […]

The Expeditioner YouTube Channel: 1,000,000 Views And Counting

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Expeditioner Travel Video YouTube Channel had a nice little milestone this past weekend (January 25, 2014) when the channel broke the 1,000,000-view mark, a mark that was met after about six years to the month when I posted the first of the 43 videos I’ve uploaded to the channel (and yes, the early videos […]

Here’s Boris Johnson’s Tips On What To Do In London

Monday, January 27, 2014

“My speaking style was criticised by no less an authority than Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a low moment, my friends, to have my rhetorical skills denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg.” — Boris Johnson I may have supported, even campaigned, for my fair city’s current mayor, Bill DeBlasio, but I have got to say, I […]

Top 6 Sydney Beaches That Aren’t Named Bondi

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Beyond the skin, sex and parking meters of Bondi Beach and the other classic Sydney swimming stops, there are plenty of other beaches, harbors, coves and hideaways to explore. Some are little-known, while others sometimes attract small groups, but you can rest assured that none of them draw the crowds like that other infamous stretch […]

Here’s My Interview For The “When In Roam” Podcast

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

When Christine Maxfield, host of the When In Roam: Conversations with Travel Writers podcast, asked if I wanted to spend an hour with her in the storeroom of New York’s Hostelling International one late-fall Saturday afternoon, I quickly jumped at the opportunity. Turns out she wanted me there to record an interview with her for her […]

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