Sealand: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Your Own Country

Sealand: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Your Own Country

Starting your own country, peacefully, is not something most people think is possible.  Paddy Roy Bates did just that in 1967 when he declared the independence of the Principality of Sealand.  Bates passed away in 2012 at the ripe old age of 91.  However, Sealand still exist to this day maintained by his heirs, albeit […] more…
Walking in Memphis

Walking in Memphis

This is what Memphis looks like in hieroglyphs.  Memphis in its first incarnation was an ancient African city located in present day Egypt. Its second incarnation Memphis is as a new world city in the American state of Tennessee. The new world Memphis is a river town and established itself as a major hub of southern commerce […] more…
Best Travel Pieces of 2013

Best Travel Pieces of 2013

I’m always curious to read these, since I’m still figuring out exactly what makes a good travel article. The Daily Beast has put out their summary of the best travel pieces of 2013. I read through all of them and didn’t feel like they were that great.  My favorites were “Uncovering Jamaica’s Jewish Past” and […] more…
Strange Tours: The Strangest One I’ve Ever Been On

Strange Tours: The Strangest One I’ve Ever Been On

It’s not hard to end up on a strange tour. If you get a strange tour guide, which there a lot of them, then you’re almost certainly in for a strange tour. CNN has a post up about some strange tours from around the world.  The article mentions a “Weird Meat Tour” in Shanghai and a “Historic toilet […] more…
North Korea:  Is Visiting Really A Good Idea?

North Korea: Is Visiting Really A Good Idea?

I haven’t been to North Korea. I know several people who have and I fight the tempation.  It’s got this last frontier quality.  It also still feels dangerous and daring, which is rare in travel these days. Also, it’s easier than ever to visit.  A China-based tour company announced it had received approval to organize […] more…
Tikal Guatemala Photo Gallery

Tikal Guatemala Photo Gallery

Tikal Guatemala is situated in the heart of the Guatemalan jungle. The location gives you a chance to not only capture some world class ruins, but also have a shot at some serious wildlife photos. I saw howler monkeys, coatis and several kinds of birds including toucans. I saw so many animals on my visit […] more…
Bansky: A Graphic for Every Backpacker

Bansky: A Graphic for Every Backpacker

Bansky has arrived in Southeast Asia. If the epicenter of backpacker culture is Kho San Road in Bangkok, then Bansky has hit backpacker fashion in a big way. Thailand has little regard for copyright law and easy access to huge clothing factory resources.  Vendors catering to the backpacking crowd can turn on a dime and follow […] more…
Kaiserdom Hefe-Weissbier Review

Kaiserdom Hefe-Weissbier Review

Kaiserdom Hefe-Weissbier, a little bit of Deutschland in China. I have this completely unsubstantiated hypothesis that China and Germany have some sweet trade agreement.  First, everyone in my corner of China drives a German car.  Second, in addition the sea of terrible Chinese beer I have to choose from there’s one store that has a […] more…
London in 10 Hours

London in 10 Hours

Can you see London in 10 hours?  No. Can you see a lot of once in a lifetime nowhere else but London stuff in 10 hours?  Yes. A word of warning about the itinerary, it’s brutal.  I was totally exhausted and had to really push myself to see all of it.  If you don’t like traveling […] more…
Souvenirs:  My Top 10 + The Ones That Got Away

Souvenirs: My Top 10 + The Ones That Got Away

Souvenirs are personal. Some people collect one particular item from each country they visit, like patches or T-shirts.  Some people like to save ticket stubs or bottle caps, used items from their trip.  When I purchase a souvenir, I try find something special and ideally something that is functional.  Below are my top 10 favorite […] more…
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