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Friday Afternoon Palate Cleanser – Golfing the Mumbai Slums

Today’s Afternoon Palate Cleanser comes in the form of a short film from India full of life, color and a touching sense of humanity. Produced by ESPN, this is a wonderful story of a man’s aspiration to rise from his station as a slum dwelling caddy for the rich purely on a whispers of his […]

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5 Things No Bangkok Visitor Should Miss

Bangkok is one of the most famous cities in the world. In the Thai language, the capital is known as ‘Krung Thep’ – the ‘city of angels’. If you do any traveling in South East Asia, you’re likely to pass through this bustling hub and, if you can stay a few days: do. With its […]

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5 More Sensible Round-the-World Itineraries

Deciding where you go on your big adventure is probably the most difficult part of the planning process. It’s like washing your clothes – if you want clean clothes you have to do a little labor. Last year I wrote a post giving AirTrekkers 5 very sensible options for a trip around the world bearing […]

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Friday Afternoon Palate Cleanser – Namaste Nepal

It’s an unusual weather day in San Francisco, sunny and cold. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it reminds me a little of high mountain air. Something like Nepal. This wonderful video also reminds me of that, but for more obvious reasons. With it being the start to the trekking season in […]

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Your Travel Visa Reference Guide “The Visa Book”

If you’ve done any research on an international travel visa as a round-the-world traveler you know how daunting a task this can be. In the end it’s your responsibility to work out exactly which countries require you to have a travel visa, which ones don’t matter and how much you’ll need to budget for the […]

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Egyptian Travel Warning Downgraded

While the US Government is still warning its citizens to take precautions when traveling to Egypt, they’ve recently taken the first step in getting things back to normal for the country’s battered tourism industry: they’ve downgraded their travel warning from banning it completely to urging travelers to consider the risks before going. Even though the […]

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Photo Friday – The Colors of India

It’s been a while since any photography has been featured on this blog. And hopefully as world travelers you’ve been craving a few shots with which to upshift your imaginations into fifth. Because Friday shares a phoneme with photography and also because your relaxation neurons are starting to fire, I’m showcasing a few of the […]

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Passport Day in the USA is April 9th

UPDATE – As of 4/8/11 Passport day has been CANCELED.   It’s that time again! On April 9th, 2011, the State Department is hosting its third annual Passport Day in the USA party. Perhaps because of the heightened awareness, or the convenient Saturday positioning, last year’s Passport Day was a success, and once again they’re […]

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Where to stay in Dubai: A travel guide to the best Dubai neighborhoods

Updated September 7, 2016. Deciding where to stay in Dubai doesn’t have to be hard. It’s as easy as deciding on a neighborhood. A six-mile creek splits the city in two: Deira on the north side and Bur Dubai to the south. Further south are Jumeirah and Sheikh Zayed Road. There’s plenty to choose from: the […]

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The Tom Bihn Aeronaut – Form and Function in a Sexy Package

A couple months ago after arranging my Indian adventure I sat down and assessed by luggage situation. It didn’t take long to realize I was in trouble. I couldn’t trust my rolling suitcase beyond glazed airport floors and city sidewalks and my backpack was a ratty mess heldover from the first Bush administration. And because […]

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The Middle East and Your Round-the-World Itinerary

If you’ve been paying any attention to any world news recently you’ve probably seen a list of Middle East and North African countries appearing next to words like violence, tear-gas and “security forces intervened”. There’s a political moment of truth going on and while it’s exciting to see in our time, it may be throwing […]

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Friday Afternoon Palate Cleanser – India in 140 Seconds

It’s not easy to describe the feeling you get while in India, whether in words or otherwise. Probably because it enters all your senses at once, and no form of media can come close to representing that sensation. So we’re left to make our puny attempts with writing, photos, movies, etc. For my money, this […]