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Since I left home for my Great Escape, I’ve been doing monthly roundups of my adventures. As this blog is not just a resource for other travelers but also my own personal travel diary, I like to take some time to reflect on not just what I did, but how I felt. I also like to…

If you have yet to read Part I of my own personal Motorcycle Diaries, in which I describe how I became a victim of rental motorcycle theft, start here. It's a doozy. Part II picks up a few days later, at which time my passport and I were safely ensconced back in Thailand. I'm sitting by…

It had to happen sometime. At some point, my good travel luck had to run out. And boy, did it go out with a bang on my last day in Laos. Long time readers might be all like, Alex, what about that time you almost forgot your passport? Or that time you were evicted from your…

I arrived in Vientiane with a mission. I had a to-do list, a carefully combed guidebook, and a curated list of must-have experiences. I was going to fall wildly in love with this capital metropolis. I was going to adore this city, so help me God, and nothing was going to stop me. Why? Because I…

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Traveling -- stepping outside your own culture and comfort zone -- tends to come with a side dish of ethical and moral decision-making. Maybe you're concerned about the environmental impact of a Caribbean cruise, or you're fretting over what to wear in a conservative country like Egypt. Maybe you're wondering how to help poverty-striken children in…

I did almost no research ahead of time for my trip to Laos. So imagine my delight when I learned that there was an attraction so new that it had yet to hit the guidebooks: hot air ballooning over Vang Vieng. Is there a more romantic way to explore a place than by floating thousands of…

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Once upon a time, visitors came to Vang Vieng to explore the beauty and the peaceful setting of rural Laos through a variety of adventure activities. And while it is still possible to kayak, mountain bike, rock climb, and more; those pursuits have been overshadowed by the all-day river raves happening on the Nam Song. I…

Warning: The following post contains photos of people half-naked and showing questionable judgement. The easily offended or biologically related to me should not proceed. I've slept in a room in Malaysia that made me question whether or not the movie Hostel was in fact fiction. I've been on a cruise ship in Greece where I had…

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