I’ve said that there’s a time and a place for different kinds of trips before. While others may fill theirs with shopping and sun-tanning, I prefer to fill mine with enriching and exciting things (like driving Mario karts on public roads). Sometimes it involves getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new, so […]
Is it better to be a traveller than to be a tourist? I don’t buy that nonsense. There’s a place and there’s a personality for every kind of travel, whether it’s going solo, a trip with friends or a package tour. How do you figure out the right style of travel for your trip? I […]
There was a time when I did not travel the world the way I do now – on a solo trip, planned independently and on a lean budget. My adolescence did not involve hopping from one country to another, long stints as an exchange student or anything that set me apart from other kids in Singapore. Travel meant […]
Sat in a minivan in Guanajuato with two Mexican families, I waited for the driver to finish his introduction in Spanish. Surely, an English version would follow. A minute passed. There wasn’t one. I then turned to passengers for a translation; I just about made out ‘no’ and ‘ingles’ in the replies. What did I get myself into?
I could tell you that Couchsurfing is a great way to save money on a trip, and there are probably 46, 289 articles on the internet that say so too. It costs nothing to sign up and nothing to use, and you get to stay with cool travel-loving people for free, never mind that you only knew them through […]
Imagine a place, right in the middle of Europe, where the sands of time have buried fishing villages under great dunes. Sahara-like landscapes a stone’s throw from the border with a Russian oblast, on the coast of the Baltic sea. Wooden villas once inhabited by literary writers like Jean Paul Satre and Thomas Mann, carved with […]