The World’s Biggest Electronic Music Festival: A Dispatch From The Annual Amsterdam Dance Event

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Amsterdam is already pretty cool. So what happens when you combine a city that is already more than contentedly “rocking it” on a daily basis with the world’s biggest club festival? Answer: shiny, debauched and wonderful things. And bicycles. Lots and lots of bicycles. This year’s edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event has just come to a […]

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The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2013)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 3rd quarter (July – September) of 2013 ranked by visitor traffic. There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa […]

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Here’s How You Can Give Me Your Money So I Can Go On Vacation

Friday, October 18, 2013

The online travel community has been abuzz with the recent announcement of a new, little-known site that connects the millions of people around the world itching to donate their hard-earned money so you can go on vacation. Sound a little improbable? It probably is. Not much is known at this point about the “crowd-funded travels” […]

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A Night At The Explorers Club

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Explorers-In-Residence Series Last night I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of my favorite spots in New York City, the headquarters of The Explorers Club, to attend the official announcement of Kensington Tours’ new small-group program, the Explorers-In-Residence Series. This new tour program brings together a group of accomplished travelers and explorers, who […]

20 Ideas For Beach Hotels In Thailand

20 Ideas For Beach Hotels In Thailand

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Staying at a beach hotel in Thailand presents all sorts of really tough choices to travelers such as: Should I stay at a the bamboo hut hotel located directly on the beach or at the mangrove bungalow hotel with towering views of the sea? I know, life is tough in this part of the world. […]

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Freewheelin’ in Cappadocia [Photo Essay]

Monday, October 14, 2013

Cappadocia combines history and geology like no other place in the world. With its labyrinth of underground cities and multicolored rock formations that spiral into the sky, ancient civilizations have thrived in this arid desert landscape for more than 8,000 years. Best known as a refuge for Christianity before it was widely accepted, Cappadocia became […]

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The Guardian Writing Contest; 8 Things To Do In Yangon; Foreigners Are Grossed Out By Wonder Bread

Friday, October 11, 2013

I come across lots of interesting travel stories during the week, only some of which I have time to blog about. So every Friday, I include a wrap-up of the most interesting travel stories of the week. Stories You May Have Missed: Week of October 11 Edition • The Guardian is sponsoring a travel writing […]

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The Shark Whisperer Of Belize

Thursday, October 10, 2013

“What do you mean, he’s the Shark Whisperer?” The bartender grinned slyly as he handed me a halved coconut brimming with rum punch. “I won’t give it away. You’ll see for yourself. Just try not to think of Steve Irwin and you’ll be fine.” Belizean culture, I had discovered, was a sizzling fusion of Mayan […]

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What Do You Think Of Our New Site Design?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Notice anything new about the site? Less cat pictures — yes. Removal of that late-night rambling post I wrote late one night connecting the JFK assassination to the Illuminati, the moon cycles and Rick Steves’s khakis — check. Complete site redesign and overhaul for your reading pleasure — hell yeah! If you haven’t noticed already […]

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My Culinary Saga in Iceland

Sunday, October 6, 2013

“You can eat as much as you want, because it’s already half digested,” said the man sitting to my right, smiling through his thick brown mustache and watching expectantly as I took another swig of Viking beer. I forced myself to smile back at him as I speared a gelatinous piece of yellowish whale fat […]

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