Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The UNESCO Hunt: 72-81

   While it’s been more than a year since I made it my goal to visit 101 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, things slowed way down in Asia and North America over the winter. Don’t get me wrong — there are sites in Asia and North America, but it’s not as heavy a concentration as in Europe, [...]

Hong Kong: The Best Experiences

I knew I’d love Hong Kong, but I had no idea I’d be rapturously in love with the city by the end of my time there! Hong Kong is endlessly fascinating — it’s impossible to get bored here. Here are some of my favorite experiences in Hong Kong. Chowing Down on a Hello Hong Kong Food [...]

The Revelation of Hong Kong

Whenever I travel, I try to fit in. I’m quiet. I observe. I try to speak as much of the local language as I can. I even dress like the locals. I try to fit in seamlessly with the tapestry before me. I love doing this, and having an ethnically ambiguous look is certainly an [...]

SOTM Tour: Month Nine of Twelve

I’m writing this post from the sunny town of Jacksonville, Florida, as I reflect on the previous month’s travels. During this month, I found two new cities to love deeply — Hong Kong in New Orleans, I made a very happy return to the US, and I explored some truly interesting places — oh, and had [...]

Brunei: Perplexing, Infuriating, Unforgettable

The expat community of Brunei was recently rattled by the sudden deportation of one of their own. Most expats in Brunei either work in the oil industry or are teachers. One could make the argument that oil workers or English teachers are a dime a dozen here. This man was neither. He held arguably the [...]

Is it Safe to Travel in Thailand During the Bangkok Protests?

UPDATE (23 May 2014) — As Thailand has declared martial law and a national curfew has been imposed, the situation has escalated from where it was during the protests. For current updates from an on-the-ground source in Bangkok, check this page. Good luck and stay safe. Over the past few months, I’ve been asked whether [...]

Railay Revisited — Is It Still The World’s Most Beautiful Beach?

I’m going to do something different for this post. I’d like you to read an old post first and see what you think. Go, read The Endangered Beauty of Railay — it’s short — and come back here. Right. Let’s get started. In the first piece, I briefly mentioned Gone Walkabout — but I didn’t [...]

SOTM Tour: Month Eight of Twelve

Are we really three-quarters of our way through the SOTM Tour? Holy hell. We’re getting into the home stretch! In just a few days, we’ll be flying to the US, which may end up being the final country of the trip (we will be in Germany and Malta later on, which we already visited early [...]

Koh Lanta: Still Fantastic, Three Years Later

Whenever someone asks me what my favorite places in the world are, I always mention Koh Lanta. I fell madly in love with this little Thai island on my first visit to Thailand in 2010 and vowed to return someday. As Mario and I made plans to visit Koh Lanta for his birthday, Christmas, and [...]

Khao Sok: Cliffs and Adventure in Southern Thailand

I had never heard of Khao Sok National Park on my first visit to Thailand three years ago — and now that I’ve been there, I am singing its praises to everyone I know. Khao Sok is home to some of the most visually spectacular jungle I’ve ever seen. Limestone karsts rise out of everywhere [...]