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    A Dream Deferred: The End of Backpackology?

    When I finally penned my response to Men’s Journal (at three in the morning) (over one week late), I was sitting amongst cockroaches on my hotel room floor, stripped down to my underwear, high as a rocket ship on mysterious Chi...
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    The Long Road To Nowhere: A Hitchhiker’s Tale from Outer Mongolia

    On the third day, I made a sea-change decision: I thought, if I ever get out of this miserable desert, I’m going to write my first postcard ever. “Sunny Greetings from the Gobi!” it will say, happily scrawled over a stark, grey...
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    GoatBall Superstar, Afghan Hero

    The afternoon sun slanted across the District Chief of Police’s office as he sat glowering at me in his oversized armchair, gnashing his teeth like some rabid, Pashtun muppet. Sitting in his line of fire, I smiled at nothing in...
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    Walnuts & Machine Guns: A Taliban Tale

    A man with a machine gun has been following me for the last five days. His name is Zia, and he is very, very shy, especially for a man with a machine gun. He first started shadowing me in the town of Chitral, near the end of my...
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    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...
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    Radiation Run-1

    A Dream Deferred: The End of Backpackology?

    When I finally penned my response to Men’s Journal (at three in the morning) (over one week late), I was sitting amongst cockroaches on my hotel room floor, stripped down to my underwear, high as a rocket ship on mysterious Chi...
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    The Long Road To Nowhere: A Hitchhiker’s Tale from Outer Mongolia

    On the third day, I made a sea-change decision: I thought, if I ever get out of this miserable desert, I’m going to write my first postcard ever. “Sunny Greetings from the Gobi!” it will say, happily scrawled over a stark, grey...
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    GoatBall Superstar, Afghan Hero

    The afternoon sun slanted across the District Chief of Police’s office as he sat glowering at me in his oversized armchair, gnashing his teeth like some rabid, Pashtun muppet. Sitting in his line of fire, I smiled at nothing in...
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    Walnuts & Machine Guns: A Taliban Tale

    A man with a machine gun has been following me for the last five days. His name is Zia, and he is very, very shy, especially for a man with a machine gun. He first started shadowing me in the town of Chitral, near the end of my...
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    Adventures in Backpackistan!
     
    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...

 
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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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Fringe Chronicles: Tried to Order Dinner in Tokyo. Got Assaulted By a Man in a Frog Costume Wielding a Puppet Instead.

Twilight had fallen over Tokyo, but the streets of Shinbashi district glowed as bright as day, pulsing in a rainbow symphony of lights. Amidst the heaving crowds of salarymen, neon-coiffed teenagers, and Kimono-clad mamasans, I...
 

 
 
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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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Three Words: Midget. Theme. Park.

For a long time I suspected that something was wrong with Mr. Chen, but only now did I grasp the majestic breadth of his insanity; I could now color in an entire childhood of licking windows, kicking squirrels, and chasing lase...
 

 
 
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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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Chinglish 101: Five Secrets to Understanding Demon Bird Moth-Balls

If Americans love one thing more than looking at silly things on the Internet, it’s getting really, super offended at silly things on the Internet. So before I start this week’s Photo Travelogue, I’d like to preface by saying t...
 

 
 
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The Mystery of the Immaculate Herpes

It was a miracle—a horrible miracle—that turned my pleasant morning tinkle into a heart pounding free-fall into nightmareland. HERPES!!! I diagnosed (even though I’d never actually seen herpes before). For several minutes I sto...
 

 
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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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Going South on China: A Panda Hunt

Before I try to rationalize for you my ill-conceived quest into the bamboo forests of Sichuan, I’d like to clarify that I harbor no secret vendetta against the Giant Panda. I just simply couldn’t understand why the world fetish...
 

 
 
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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...
 

 
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THE JJIMJILBANG DIARIES (Part 2): The Gateway to Hell is in The Basement of a Seoul Department Store

This is the second half of the two part saga The Jjimjilbang Diaries. To read the first half, check out “The Jjimjilbang Diaries (Part One): Six Days Naked in a Hot Tub Full of Old, Dirty Korean Men FOR SURVIVAL“ Il...
 

 
 
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THE JJIMJILBANG DIARIES (Part 1): Six Days Naked in a Hot Tub Full of Old, Dirty Korean Men FOR SURVIVAL

Illustrations by, Jacquie Spadano and Ross Doran.  ************************ I had not seen sunlight in over four days, but I knew it was nighttime. I could tell because the Koreans were singing again; their harrowing karaoke tr...
 

 
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Weekly Postcard: Sichuan, China

GoPro: check. New camera: check. Laptop: check. New content: currently in the making. Thanks again to everyone who donated!! New stories coming next Tuesday, March 19. To hold you over in the meantime, here’s a delicious ...
 

 
 
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Club Rat: A Penny-Pincher’s Deplorable Guide to Partying Big While Spending Little

I once read in the book of life that if you sleuce enough alcohol at a problem, it will go away. I’ve recently tested this theory with trials because I am a strong advocate of the scientific method, and also an alcoholic. By mi...
 

 
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A Dream Deferred: The End of Backpackology?

When I finally penned my response to Men’s Journal (at three in the morning) (over one week late), I was sitting amongst cockroaches on my hotel room floor, stripped down to my underwear, high as a rocket ship on mysterious Chi...
 

 
 
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A Steppe Too Far?: Eagle Hunters, Cultural Darwinism, and Getting Banned in Kazakhstan

At 4:27PM, on the afternoon of October 29th, I received an e-mail from an acquaintance in Almaty, informing me that Backpackology has been banned in Kazakhstan. When my initial laughter subsided, my amusement faded into confusi...
 

 
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Off the Eaten Path: A Culinary Tour of Korea (Part One)

At first, I thought it was dead. At least in most corners of the globe, this is what you assume when something is placed before you on a platter and you are handed metal chopsticks. But this was not ‘most corners of the globe;’...
 

 
 
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Steve McDonald’s Guide to Getting in Cars with Strangers (Vol. 1)

Here at Backpackology, it is my responsibility to promote a travel style that encourages suicidal recklessness. It is my duty to glorify irresponsibility and actively promote self-endangerment. This is my contribution to the gr...
 

 
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Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6
Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6
Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6

The Long Road To Nowhere: A Hitchhiker’s Tale from Outer Mongolia

On the third day, I made a sea-change decision: I thought, if I ever get out of this miserable desert, I’m going to write my first postcard ever. “Sunny Greetings from the Gobi!” it will say, happily scrawled over a stark, grey...
 

 




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