The Narrows

Monday, February 19, 2018

A dark shape glided by beneath me, a manta ray, its great wings undulating. It moved with such grace, at such a leisurely pace, I had half a mind to slow down and linger. Meanwhile, on the surface, I thrashed away in the throes of competition — a 55-year-old man somewhere between Nevis and St. […]

Watch What It’s Like to Visit Japan’s Cat Island

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Because one can never get enough of cats on the internet, I present to you a travel video coming from Expeditioner reader Eric Testroete about the island of Tashirojima, Japan, otherwise known as “Cat Island.” With a population of only about 100 residents, the island is home to six times that number in cats, or […]

Sailing the Greek Islands (Yoga, Hiking and Wine Included)

Monday, February 5, 2018

As our boat sailed out of the ancient Greek island harbor of Kos, our group of 10, mostly strangers, sat in a circle around a long, wooden table, studying a map spread out before us depicting the Dodecanese, the group of islands clustered together in the southeastern Aegean Sea. Our tour guide for the trip, […]

Lone Pilgrim On The Kumano Kodo

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

On my second day in Kumano Kodo, I came across an unsettling sight nestled into the mountain ridge: a moss-choked shrine to Jizo, the guardian of travelers. This spot in Kumano Kodo marked the place where, in 1854, locals had come across the corpse of a lone pilgrim. The mossy Jizo reminded me just how […]

Oranges, Chickens And The Reason I Signed Up For Spanish Classes

Saturday, January 6, 2018

On our last day in Pedasi, a Pananamian fishing town 200 miles from Panama City, 4 people from the multi-generational family who lived next door stood in my kitchen. There was the lady of the house, her 11-year-old daughter, a man I had never seen before and a visiting, out-of-town aunt. I showed them the […]

The Top 50 Travel Blogs (4th Quarter: 2017)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 4th quarter (October — December) of 2017 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 […]

Borders, Bandits, And Baby Wipes: A Big Adventure In A Tiny Car

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Inspired and challenged by his quests of “getting there,” Bassam Tarazi and two friends signed on for the infamous Mongol Rally, a nearly 10,000-mile road trip from London to Mongolia, through terrain that would make a mountain goat’s knees buckle, in a vehicle that was little more than a go-kart. Borders, Bandits, and Baby Wipes […]

Top 5 Feel-Good Restaurants In Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Siem Reap, home to the majestic temples of Angkor, has long been on the map as a must-visit destination for any traveler to Southeast Asia. The grandiosity of ancient Khmer civilization overwhelms visitors as they walk through the unfathomable complexity of Angkor Wat, stare into the faces of Bayon and witness mother nature’s might in […]

My Pick For The Perfect Travel Holiday Present

Thursday, November 23, 2017

It’s that time of year where we all struggle with the challenge of buying holiday gifts for those who love to travel. What to buy? Airplane tickets (yes, please)? Memorable experiences (easier said than done)? Travel-size toiletries (practical, but not really what we’re going for here)? That’s why I decided to highlight one of my […]

Into The Great, Wide Open: The Ultimate Alaskan Fishing Trip

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Through the windshield, I watched the de Havilland’s front propellor spin furiously as our small 8-person prop plane hurtled forward through the Alaskan sky. It was a bright, clear morning, and below us I could make out the outlines of a few of the small islands that make up the Alexander Archipelago. Looming in front […]

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