Hiking the Annapurna Circuit – 11 Days on the Trail in Nepal

Hiking the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal Namaste (pronounced nuhm-uh-stey) is a conventional, and respectful, Hindu expression on meeting or parting. While hiking the Annapurna circuit I was greeted this way half a…

It’s a Match! Our Online Date Led to a Round-the-World Adventure

“How long have you two been together?” We’ve been asked that question hundreds of times in the last four years. You see, everyone we meet assumes we are a couple. When…

Fifty Shades of Salento – A Photo Tour

Say hello to the emerald Valle de Cocora (Cocora Valley), home to wax palm trees, coffee plantations, and some of the greenest hills we ever did see.  This is the…

The Exclusions of All-Inclusive Resorts

From Cancun to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico’s Northern Yucatan Coast is rapidly turning into one huge resort. Some of these expansive decadent getaways for (mostly) Americans and Europeans are what…

How Travel Can Trump Hate

(Editors note – The political climate in the USA has changed since we published this article in March of 2016. Donald Trump has become the 45th President of the United…

New York City Skyline

On Coming Home

I board a flight in Hanoi on a grey Northern Vietnamese day and arrive some two layovers and 40 sleepless hours later to a grey New York day. I have…

Superman Sprains His Wrist: A Tale of the Innocent and Irresponsible

A few weeks ago, after a particularly interesting night in Thailand, I received the following e-mail. Dear Michael, This is Sue* the girl you helped a lot last night in…

Travel Fitness Part One: An Ongoing Blog Series

  A funny thing happened in the bathroom a few days ago. I exited the shower and took a look in the mirror. This, in itself, is not unusual of…

Kathmandu and Thoughts on India

We arrived into Kathmandu in whirlwind fashion and the transition between countries was slightly jarring. A brief 8 hours between the two nations which encompassed two flights and a three…

Movement

One of the many things I learned during the months I spent backpacking in South America was how to turn off my brain during long bus journeys. This is essential…

McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj is home to the Dalai Lama, who settled here temporarily in 1960. Five decades later he still lives here, and his modest residence within a small temple complex…