My worst night in a hostel happened over twenty years ago. I’ve done a lot of traveling since then. To maintain a record for that long you have to go beyond the standard dorm-room annoyances. Beyond snoring and body odor. Beyond bad breath and bed bugs. I’m talking big leagues. I’m talking vomit. The place [...]
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Happy World Toilet Day! No, I’m not making that up. There really is a World Toilet Day and it’s purpose is to bring attention to the 2.5 billion people in the world who lack appropriate sanitary facilities (ie. toilets). That’s actually a pretty serious issue. But this is not a serious post. I just decided [...]
I was sitting with some Dutch friends by the side of a river in Cambodia. We were waiting for a guides to arrive with the boats that would take us upstream on the start of a three day trek. The guides arrived and we climbed into the shallow wooden boats. As we floated away, kids [...]
Folks can debate about who puts out the best guidebooks. A lot of people brag about not using guidebooks at all, but the fact is it can be really helpful to have information in a format you’re familiar with. These days, I feel fairly confident traveling. But I wish I had a Lonely Planet for [...]