Travel

The Off Season
In the off season,  it’s easier to wander, spend time with locals, and find values at choice accommodations.  Conversely, traveler services (especially transportation) may be less convenient, information rich ex-pats…
Plant Scratch
Outdoor public spaces need to provide humans with a better experience for leaving their mark.  (National Botanical Garden, Kandy, Sri Lanka)…
Islands
I’ve spent quite a bit of time on islands during the past year — Serifos, Syros, Naxos, Samos, Patmos, Santorini (Greece); Koh Lanta, Surin Islands (Thailand); Phu Quoc (Vietnam); Japan;…
Mobile Library
My favorite iPhone app while traveling has been Amazon’s Kindle for iPhone. The initial transfer of the books doesn’t take too long to download over a decent connection given their…
Street Kitchens in Laos
Favorite street kitchens in Laos. From the banks of the Mekong in Vientiane to the night market in Luang Prabang, the sophistication and cleanliness of these temporary kitchens is incredible.…
Best of Southeast Asian Hustles
One of our favorite books on the road has been Robert Cialdini’s “The Psychology of Persuasion.”  Cialdini breaks down how and why people fall for six fundamental sales tactics that…
Crabmeat in Cambodia
Local fishermen pull in a net of the local catch in Kep, Cambodia – crabs, shrimp, snapper.  Street value is approximately $10 USD.  In the distance a guest of Knai…
Misinformation
The streets of Gion in Kyoto are a stunning glimpse into the architectural and cultural history of the city.  Unfortunately, we ran into several package tourists who were obsessed with…
Skipping School
When we finally made it to Santorini in early September, the sun disappeared, the winds arrived, and the crowds of travelers vanished.  Everybody else went back to work.  Our inboxes…
Slow Travel
I’ve toyed around with the term “slow travel” on Twitter to describe a few tips and insights, but it’s a vague and trendy-sounding term without a clear definition.  Wikipedia says: …
Worth the Weight
About 2 months before we departed, I did the cursory research online to determine what to pack for a round the world journey.  We found several good lists including this…
Negotiating VRBO
As I’ve said to my friends and family traveling in 2010, “the world is still on sale.”  My strategy of “getting past no” basically mimics the tactics of ”negotiating for…