Swinging to the Future, Grasping for the Past

Borneo.  Stylized as a land untamed, this island situated off the Malay peninsula in the heart of the East Indies, is home to three countries and an astonishing array of cultures.  It’s a vast expanse of some of the richest ecosystems in the world, from ancient virgin rainforest on the island’s interior to pristine marine…

Scuba Certified in Koh Tao

Imagine being under water, the warm aqua-marine sea all around you, corals swaying gently with the tide like branches on a tree in slow motion, schools of technicolor fish playfully darting around and through the labyrinth of coral…and then you take a breath.  And another.  And another.  It’s not natural, breathing  underwater.  But that’s exactly…

Low Season vs High in Tonsai

We know the problems with traveling during high season. What’s the solution? Maybe, don’t come during high season…

A Day in Egypt

The Egyptian Museum, Great Pyramids of Giza, and dinner at sunset on the Nile…all without even having to buy a plane ticket there?

Safaris Illustrated

The literal translation of the word “safari” in Swahili is “journey.”  If that’s the case, we’ve been on a safari for the better part of the last year, seeking adventures, experiencing new cultures, meeting other souls, and appreciating the wild world that’s all around us.  But in Kenya, we found a safari unlike any other….

Restart Africa: A Homecoming

With that first breath of fresh African air, and the view of clear blue sky, warm sunshine, and white, billowing clouds, a new chapter had begun. We didn’t even care that our bags were lost. We’d arrived in Kenya, finally.

Teaching Spoken English in India

The clanking of desks on the hard tile floor is what sticks with me the most. It was August of 2011, and I was about to give my first lesson as a teacher at the College of Micronesia in Pohnpei, a small, green place in a big, blue ocean, thousands of miles from anything…and I…

The “Joys” of Chennai

The world in which we live today is awash in positivity. That is to say, any time we turn on the TV, open Facebook, or talk to a friend or colleague, we only get half the story – the good half: newborns and new homes, thoughtful articles and funny memes, and inspiring pictures or tales…

A Walk in the Heavens: Three Weeks in the Everest Region

With the sun bearing down on a jagged Himalayan horizon, casting golden light and long shadows on the snowcapped peaks surrounding me, I stretched up to place a small stone on the summit cairn of Kala Patthar. Clad in the bright blues, yellows, reds, whites, and greens of Tibetan prayer flags, this precipice of rock…

Myanmar: Golden Land of Smiles and Stares

As our gaze drifted from the deserted beach of Koh Chang Noi laid before us, up to the grey tides of the Andaman Sea, and further out to the islands of the Myeik Archipelago obscured in the distance by a rain lingering for days, two truths became discouragingly evident: First, we were the only ones…

Three Weeks in Vietnam

In terms of backpacking meccas, Vietnam isn’t as high on the list as, say Thailand or Western Europe, but it has all the trappings of a budget traveler’s paradise.