Attention, Americans! If people in the countries you visit hate you, it’s not because you’re American. It’s probably because you’re obnoxious. Get it through your heads – the Ugly American stereotype is outdated, so quit playing the victim.
Fear is one reason Americans don’t travel. So many of us are scared in our own borders, and the thought of going someplace where the language, food and customs are different is simply too much. It’s totally irrational, and too many of us are willing participants.
Traveling to visit family deprives Americans, with their meager vacation time, of the chance to go abroad. Here’s why you need to say “no!” to visiting your family so you can visit other countries.
True love came between me and my tent. And forced me to shell out for a Rock 22 by The North Face. Here’s my review of this 2-person, 3-season tent.
The ATM Cave in Belize is an awesome journey into the earth and back to the time of the Maya civilization.
Landmannalaugar isn’t so much a place. It’s more of a rip in the space-time continuum. Consider its summer: It’s hard to tell 3 a.m. from 3 p.m. It can wrap you in the warmth of geothermal vents, chill you with…
Wandering Justin is a traveler who fears no gross food. He pits gefilte fish against the grossness of the Icelandic rotten shark dish known as hákarl. See who wins the Gross Seafood Crown!
Travelers who love taking photos will come home from New Zealand with some of their best-ever images. Here are three places you shouldn’t miss if you want to take photos worthy of framing and hanging – and maybe even selling.
Three Great Coffeehouses in Reykjavik, Iceland Reykjavik, the capitol of Iceland, is absolutely bristling with inviting coffeehouses. Kaffitar, Cafe Rot and Sufistinn Kaffihus are three of its best. Read More
A Guide to Darwin, the Gateway to Adventure in Australia’s Top End If you’re off to Australia, you need to see the rugged Northern Territory. It’s rugged and untamed, and the port town of Darwin is a major gateway to…
People really seem to love pets in Iceland. Here are some of my observations about Icelandic pets, and a bit about some of the cool creatures I encountered.
As I was filling up my backpack for traveling to Iceland, all I could think about was a line from Monty Python’s The Life of Brian: “Is it too big? Is it too small?” I never want to bring too…
If you like traveling and taking photos, put Iceland high on your list of destinations. From people to landscapes, you’ll find plenty of amazing sights to aim your lenses at.
When you’re visiting a foreign country, do what the bearded, face-painted dude wielding a 6-foot-tall staff topped with a skull tells you to do. You’ll have more fun that way. Meet the fans of Stjarnan F.C., a soccer team in Iceland.
When you visit Iceland in summer, get ready for the shock of a sky that never really darkens. Even when you know to expect it, it is still strange and surreal.
You have to be careful when getting ready for commercial air travel. Tedious and conflicting TSA regulations and airline policies make it hard to get straight answers on what you can pack. My question on military Meals, Ready to Eat packages is a perfect example.
The founders of Primal Foods set out on a mission – to make a good-tasting vegan alternative to meat jerkies. And they hit the mark, even for a lot of us omnivores.
If you’re in Sedona at the right time, you just might see an alien spacecraft lift off from the depth under Bell Rock. Are you ready for it?
Interested in hooking up for a nighttime mountain bike ride? Grab some good lights and a helmet and check out McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s 16-mile moonlight ride.
Here are a few fun scenes from a trip I took to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This was back in November, but I’m just getting around to it now. Except more about this very cool place soon. A museum volunteer…