Philosophy
 
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
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go the other way feat image
go the other way feat image

To Go the Other Way

Tweet “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life…” – Jack Kerouac In a wild outpost town of eastern Baltistan, two days’ journey by road into the ja...
 
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Namaste Hindustan WM-51
Namaste Hindustan WM-51

Guest Blogger Brittanie Sterner: The Surrounded Lady Traveler

Tweet This week, I have the pleasure of sharing with you a special guest blogger, a fantastically talented writer and good friend of mine, Ms. Brittanie Sterner. In 2010, I traveled with Brittanie in India for a while, before s...
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
Lonely Road-3
Lonely Road-3
Lonely Road-3

Life on the Lonely Road

Tweet I like to pretend that I’m inhumanly self-assured and independent. But the truth is, I’ve never really been either of those things. If you know me personally, you know I’m not the solitary, pensive type. I’m a loud and ab...
 

 
Adventure
 
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Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1
Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1

Gods Amongst Men

Tweet Late one night several years ago, while drunkenly sprawled out on my couch, flicking through a slog of 2AM infomercials and overly-lit diabetes PSAs, I caught a documentary about holy men in southern India, men who would ...
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
Bagan Buledi
Bagan Buledi
Bagan Buledi

The Backpacker’s Manifesto

Tweet There were a dozen sagging rear-ends in my face as I plodded up the long, narrow staircase of Shwezendaw Pagoda, trapped behind a Swiss tour group who were ascending at glacial speed. I turned around to a sweeping panoram...
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Mt Everest WM-46
Mt Everest WM-46

How To Step Out The Door

Tweet “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...
 

 
Adventure
 
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SteppingRaw-1
SteppingRaw-1

Stepping Off The Edge

Tweet 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 ...
 
 
Adventure
 
Babas
Babas
Babas

Go East, Young Man…

Tweet If you know who I am, or the adventure I’m about to embark on for the next two years, you might call me overly cavalier, which is fair. Cavalier is a great synonym for stupid. My name is Steve—Steve McDonald—and at this f...