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Steve McDonald’s Guide to Playing the Dumb Tourist Card Like a Symphony Harp

“Welcome to Singapore,” smiled the customs officer, ripping apart my luggage. “Do you have anything to declare?” “Nope.” “Are you sure?” he frowned. “Cigarettes, food products, firearms…” “Nope,” I grinned. I already knew...
 
 
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Poodles & Noodles: A Gastronome’s Guide to Vietnamese Food

Going to a Vietnamese restaurant and ordering Pho is like going to a French restaurant and ordering a baguette. Sure, it’s a tasty meal, but you can do much better. Vietnamese cuisine is one of the finest in the world, but also...
 
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“Are You a Tourist or a Traveler?”

“I’m just glad to be off that fookin’ island!” shouted Jon in his Irish brogue, slamming down his beer. “But you were only there for a day,” I smirked. “I don’t get it. Everyone else loves Cat Ba.” “That’s because they’re a bun...

 
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Rape-Whistle Adventures: The Art of Finding Free Accommodation

It was July, 2008. I had barely choked down my seventh shot of Israeli arak—or perhaps eighth, or ninth, I’m not sure—when I heard Joe’s inebriated screams from across the bar. “STEEEVVEEE,” he was slurring, “ OH NOOOO!” I turn...
 
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A Wok to Remember: A Foodie’s Guide to Thailand on a Budget

One of the most impressive works of fiction in the English language is your local Thai take-out menu. It’s as prickly and deceptive as a durian—much of it is Orientalist fantasy, much of the rest is culinary plagiarism. F...
 
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Airfare Secrets (Vol. 1): I’m Going to Smash My F#%$*& Laptop

GET READY, because in this week’s thrilling revelation of Backpackology 101, I’m taking a break from the usual topics of dangerous countries, hitchhiking, and things that are interesting, to instead talk a lot about buying airf...

 
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My Guidebook Says You’re a Twit (But Good For You)

It was in my Kyoto hostel’s kitchen, whilst I finished my breakfast, innocently leafing through my guidebook, that the instigator first addressed me. “So you’re one of those, huh?” I glanced up to find a befreckeled, pear-shape...
 
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Travel Tip #3: Saving Money on Food Costs & The Tupperware Gamble

OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: This week I’m going to bestow you with a controversial travel tip that will allow you to eat better while spending less, however it might also potentially kill you, maybe sort of a little. Why would I enc...
 
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Sichuan Lava Cuisine & The Top 4 Most Common Myths About Spicy Food

The purpose of my self-destructive side trip to Chongqing was to eat at 夜富火锅, home of the spiciest hotpot on the planet (chunks of meat doused in a scalding broth of Sichuan chili and flower peppers, so spicy it’ll have y...

 
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Guest Blogger Emily Chappell: Woman On The Road

Today I’m going to introduce you to one of the most fearless adventurers I have ever met, but first I need to give you an exciting post-Kickstarter update! NOW THAT I’VE TAKEN EVERYONE’S MONEY, I HAVE FLOWN HOME TO AMERIC...