In Response to Fear & Travel Warnings

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, Mali, and elsewhere, there’s plenty of fear to go around, but should you change your travel plans?
Invisible Cities

Traveler Reads: Invisible Cities

A review of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities from a travel perspective.

Good Advice from Taipei

Sometimes the signs around cities are simple. Other times they're confusing. This one at the Lin An Tai Ancestral House (林安泰古厝) near the Expo...
saigon vietnam

Facing Reality While Traveling

While traveling through some less developed countries, we're bound to encounter poverty and lifestyles that are unfamiliar to us.
Yangon Region Court

When the Travel Plan Doesn’t Pan Out

Travel doesn't always go as planned. But sometimes, it works out for the best as it did for me when I had to quickly re-plan my trip in Myanmar.
seoul view

Long Way Traveled

As I overlooked the sprawling city before the rain arrived, N Seoul Tower atop Namsan provided a reminder of just how far from home...
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.

Another Birthday Abroad

"We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories... And those that carry us forward, are dreams." -H.G. Wells,...
shinjuku tokyo

Celebrating Abroad

I've been working on the theory that birthdays abroad don't count. I like this theory because I've now celebrated six birthdays abroad (one in...
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...
Laguna Beach

Is It Really a Holiday?

Lonely Planet recently posted a statement for discussion: "Traveling to visit your family is not a holiday." This statement made me think about trips I've...
tianchi xinjiang

How Many Steps to Travel?

I walk a lot when I travel. It's a great way to get to know a city. But I don't walk as much as Jean Béliveau who spent 11 years walking across the earth.
vietnam traffic

Authenticity and Travel Photography

Travel photography is an art form, and we take more photos than we need. We then over-edit those photos. Can we have authenticity in travel photography?

The Art of Packing for Travel

It's not always easy packing for a trip, especially if it's a long one. Here are some of the essentials I pack to ensure I have what I need.
yokohama japan

Returning to Familiar Tokyo

What has happened makes the world. Live on the edge, looking. -Robert Creeley, "Here" I started my current journey in Tokyo--I had wanted to visit Japan for a long time, and it...