luang prabang solo travel

Thoughts on Traveling Solo

Not everyone wants to travel alone, but solo travel can be freeing and fun. There are some ways to make the experience better and less lonely.
seoul money museum

The Road to Avoiding Foreign Currency Exchange Fees

Dealing with foreign transactions can be a headache for some travelers, but with a little preparation and research, it shouldn't be a problem.
bukchan seoul

Sidewalks and Alleyways in Seoul

What better way to see Seoul than by walking endless miles along the sidewalks to experience the food and beauty of the city.
yangmingshan

Final Rainy Hike in Yangmingshan, Taiwan

For my final journey through Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park, my luck with the weather did not change. It was a wet hike as a memory.
melaka malaysia

I Don’t Trust TripAdvisor’s Travel Reviews

I'm not a fan of TripAdvisor for the most part. They have some worthwhile information and deals for travelers, but the crowd-sourced reviews are awful.
kavalan whisky

A Taste of Kavalan, Taiwan’s Premier Whisky

As my first assignment as a freelance reporter in Taiwan, I took a trip to the Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan for a taste of award-winning whisky.
florence italy

Street Scenes in Florence, Italy

Wandering the streets of Italian cities like Florence was a beautiful experience, even in the heat of August.
portuguese stew taipei

Eating Around Taipei

There are a lot of great and interesting restaurants in Taipei. Here is just some of what I ate in Taipei, including Modern Toilet and Din Tai Fung.
sand dunes mui ne

In the Sand Dunes of Mũi Né

A brief adventure in the White Sand Dunes of Mui Ne, Vietnam, one of the few tourist destinations in the coastal resort town.
washington dc

Cocktail and Beer Exploration in Washington, DC

On a trip through Washington, DC to find more than just Smithsonian Museums and monuments. This time it was to find some great drinks.
ben thanh market saigon

Traveler Reads: The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Review of Graham Greene's The Quiet American, one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite books, which is set in Vietnam during its war with France.
yehliu taiwan

Otherworldly Rock Formations at Yehliu

On a day off from work, I headed to the northern tip of Taiwan to see the natural wonder that is the rock formations at Yehliu Geopark.
columbia trail

Biking Along the Columbia Trail in New Jersey

As the weather warmed up in New Jersey, I joined a group for a bike ride along the Columbia Trail. Afterwards, we stopped at Long Valley Brewpub for lunch and beer.
jersey city brew fest

Drinking Local at the Jersey City Brew Fest

"Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same." - Charles Bukowski I hadn't...
heavenly lake temple

Literary Travel Inspiration

"What is true peace, I cannot know. A hundred wars have come and gone as I’ve grown old. I bear their burdens in my bones. Mine’s the...