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 thousand times, and answered in return as often. The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal sees thousands of foreign trekkers every year. Its route snakes through lush… Read More

On Urban Decay – The Crumbling Beauty of Bucharest

Urban Decay – The Crumbling Beauty of Bucharest Imagine a city that tells a story without saying a word, a city that lets its structures narrate a history fraught with ambition, upheaval, violent oppression, and reclamation. Imagine a city standing ponderously on a somewhat dusty crossroad of the past, the present, and the near future…. Read More

Visiting Barcelona – Why You Should Come and Why You Should Leave

Barcelona. The City of Gaudi. A city where you can cross a street and be transported from the present into a distant past. You can roam the historic Gothic Quarter at a leisurely pace, soaking in the ambiance and architecture, feasting on tapas and washing them down with liters of sangria.  Minutes later you might find… Read More

Day Trips From Barcelona: Power and Peace in Montserrat

Montserrat Barcelona, Spain

Day Trips Barcelona – Exploring Montserrat When in Barcelona you MUST take a day trip to Montserrat! She grabbed my arm, a signal to stop. In a low, excited whisper she said “Look, there!” and pointed. A deer…no a goat, or some strange, straight-horned mix of the two stood perfectly still, just a few feet… Read More

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 we tell them we’re not “together” most people are surprised, and a bit confused. How did two people of the opposite sex, who aren’t in a relationship,… Read More

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 colorful little town of Salento, population 8,000.  Perched on the ridge overlooking the valley the town is rapidly becoming a popular tourist destination in Colombia…. Read More

Solo Female Travel in Asia: A Quick and Dirty Guide

Asia isn’t necessarily known for being a female-friendly travel destination. Stories of gang rape in India and sex tourism in Thailand might make the average solo female traveler think twice about venturing onto the continent altogether. But don’t be deterred by media scare tactics and the thought of obnoxious male backpackers traipsing around Bangkok in… Read More

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 we call “all-inclusive,” meaning food and bottom shelf liquor are included in the price of your stay. You can drink and eat to your heart’s… Read More

A Day in the Life of a Cambodian Rice Farmer

I grab ten golden stalks of rice in my left hand and bunch them together. The serrated sickle in my right hand saws through the stems clumsily; it takes multiple efforts to cut them all. Salty sweat drips down my forehead and into my eyes; the stagnant humidity and the hot sun’s embrace are both… Read More