My First Encounter with Headhunters

A quick twist of the throttle sent wind through my hair and vibrations from my buzzing motor through my body. Mile after mile of gorgeous volcanic scenery kept unfolding in front of me on what is perhaps the most enjoyable motorbike ride of my life. On my left,...

My Chiang Mai Living Expenses in 2010

Thailand didn’t exactly welcome me home from Vietnam with open arms. When I left here in October, I never expected that I was leaving before someone opened the floodgates to the busy season. Dragging through Bangkok after midnight on a weekend, it took me nearly...

Thailand 4.0

My lunatic of a driver stuffed another handful of small leaves into his mouth and cracked his neck from side to side. The man was a mess. He twitched and jerked sporadically, checking the mirror over and over as we weaved in our minibus unpredictably through heavy...

Wacky, Wonderful Thailand

I do it every time, thank goodness. Once again, I accidentally walked up on a beautiful little festival happening in the park by the river near Rambuttri. In search of a much-needed breeze, I did what I do best and wandered aimlessly until I happened upon the...

Visiting the Local Market in Cusco, Peru

One of the delights of budget travel for me is wandering a local market in a strange and unfamiliar place. The market in Cusco, Peru, is one of the most interesting I’ve ever enjoyed. Local markets are a welcome assault on the senses. New mysterious smells (some...