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Survival International Denounces Jimmy Nelson’s Before They Pass Away

When I first saw the book, Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson, I was so taken with all the images that I immediately wanted one. Luckily, it’s a very pricey book so I never took ...


Peace Corps, Gateway to the Travel Bug: On the Road with Michelle and Jedd Chang

I first heard about Jedd & Michelle through a blog submission... but then I got the chance to work with them at WDS this summer. They were two of our most reliable and hard-working am...



Helpful Email Tip: Always Draw from the Top

I’m pretty good at keeping up with a lot of things, but inevitably I fall behind on some emails. The way it works for me is that I get stuck on a final batch


Bennigan’s “The Big Irish” Burger at The Dubai Mall

We went to Bennigan’s restaurant in The Dubai Mall one evening as we were scouting for places to eat before movie time. I first learned about this restaurant when I was browsing through o...


Fields and Fireflies and the Promise of Sugar Cream Pie

He was a little guy, five years old maybe, and I know his name was Carson because all around, people were calling out “Go Carson!” as he was shaking his butt on the concrete p...


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Prepping for the Snowman Trek

Hopefully by now you know I’m leaving for Bhutan in September to do the Snowman Trek. In brief, the Snowman Trek is a 220 mile, 25-day hike in the Himalayas. At times we’ll be...


A Week-in-the-Life of Emily and Ewan: the Inca Trail

Here's a week-in-the-life of Emily and Ewan doing something very near and dear to my heart: hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, in Peru. The post A Week-in-the-Life of Emily and Ewan:...


Why Artistic Compromise Makes for Better Work

Once in a while (thankfully not often), I look back at some of the posts and articles I wrote in the early days. What in the world was I thinking? Most of them are riddled with errors, ty...


This week only: free #Rome iPhone app!

Are you a Rome local, or planning to go there some time soon? Rome is our City of the week – the iPhone app is free from July 28 to August 2nd (regular price: €3.59)! The Rome city ...



Limited Time: Marriott Card 70,000 Points Signup Bonus

Marriott isn't my favorite hotel program (that would be Starwood and Hyatt), but this new offer is worth a look for the free nights you'll earn right away. They used to provide 50,000 poi...


The Tule Tree

The Tule Tree just outside Oaxaca City is one of the little known wonders of Mexico. A Montezuma cypress roughly estimated to be around 1,400 years old, the Tule Tree has a circumference ...



6 Discoveries From Near and Far, Volume III

Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. In this edition: traveling in Yemen, civil resistance, and high-speed tennis betting.


Duke Ellington: A Life On the Road

Duke Ellington spent forty years traveling, composing, and performing. Ellington composed as he lived, on the road and on the fly. He wrote his pieces in hotel rooms, Pullman cars, and ch...



What Are People REALLY Saying About WDS 2014?

After spending hundreds of hours in preparation and then hosting a week-long adventure for thousands of awesome people, I don’t actually say much about it afterward, at least not on...


Giveaway: Free Website Hosting for a Year

For the past few months, I've recommended the hosting company InMotion to anyone who asks for help setting up a new website. This week, they're giving away a free account!


Going to Seattle? Here’s Where to Eat

Visiting Seattle? Having just had our culinary tour in my wonderful city, I thought I’d share some of the best dining spots in the city so you can live vicariously through our taste...


The Scarred & the Beautiful, Jammu & Kashmir

The Scarred & the Beautiful, Jammu& Kashmir. from Harshit Vishwakarma “‘The Scarred & the Beautiful’ is a reflection of the state Jammu & Kashmir away fr...


Trends in cities: Bring your own Food!

Most people have heard about spots that have a “Bring your own Booze” (BYOB) policy, which mean visitors of spots are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages. Usually b...


North American National Park #30: Elk Island, Alberta

Elk Island is a very different type of national park. Located only 30 minutes outside of Edmonton, Elk Island is the only national park in Canada which is entirely fenced in. If this were...


The Cure for Writer’s Block: Start With the Last Thing You Learned

Wondering what to write about? Someone once told me, “Start with the last thing you learned—then share that.” They actually gave me this advice in reference to a talk I was terrified to g...