Archive for April, 2014
 
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
Free 10 9-3
Free 10 9-3
Free 10 9-3

Weekend Destination: Top 10 Free Vacations (1/5)

This article is part one of the five part series, “The Top 10 Free Vacations.” 10. The Great American Ghetto-Ass Road Trip With the price of gas alone, a road trip has no place on this list—but it was really hard to...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Budgetometer-1
Budgetometer-1

The Budgetometer

I could tell the wealthy-looking French family was alarmed, but I suppose I would be too if a total stranger started following me at uncomfortably close range. The mother shot me a worried look as I edged even closer, breathing...
 
Adventure
 
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Human Zoo-2
Human Zoo-2

The Human Zoo

As our motorized canoe sliced through the morning mist, I couldn’t discern the water from the sky. We were sailing through a monochrome plane of grey, with no reference point but the occasional floating lotus leaf, or a few Int...

 
Adventure
 
Korea Mass Games
Korea Mass Games
Korea Mass Games

Weekend Destination: The Top 5 Countries You Thought Were Dangerous, But Really Aren’t…

For any of you who missed out on childhood, let me recap a cardinal lesson: Danger = Fun. You may have grown older, and sticking forks in unplugged toasters might not be as high octane as you’d remembered, but still, nothing ge...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Mt Everest WM-46
Mt Everest WM-46

How To Step Out The Door

“It’s not a question of money, it’s a question of desire,” said Collette, in her lyrical French accent. “It’s a question of time,” I corrected, and waved to the grill master for another round of spicy pork. We were seated aroun...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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WrongPancakeRaw-4
WrongPancakeRaw-4

The Wrong Pancake

For this week, I intended on writing a story about terrifying street-food in Rangoon… but then I arrived in the mountain village of Kalaw, and suffered an incident so absurd that I couldn’t resist sharing my tale immediately. T...

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Layover-3
Layover-3

How to Endure a 14-Hour Layover

The biting winter chill swirled around me as I stepped out of the plane, and I tugged my flimsy jacket close around me. “Ni hao,” smiled the stewardess, “Welcome to Beijing.” The 10 mg of Ambien my friend had given me in New Yo...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Bindle-8
Bindle-8

What’s In My Bindle?: The Ultimate Packing List

So you wanna see my package? You want me to unzipper that badboy and lay it all out on the table? Sure, I will, but let me tell you about it first. Alright… So, it’s really small. So small. It’s incredible, actually… And it sme...
 
Adventure
 
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SteppingRaw-1
SteppingRaw-1

Stepping Off The Edge

In the darkness, I could feel my heart pounding. I had been lying in bed for over an hour, staring up at the ceiling of my hotel room, fighting to breathe against the stifling heat of the Burmese monsoon, which hung over me lik...