Short Stories from the Road: Hunting Defenseless Pufferfish

This is story #2 in my Short Stories from the Road series. Introduction found here “You think I’m pretty?” Tom, our Lao guide asked as we all looked on in confusion. “…without any makeup on!!!” His rendition of Katy Perry left us all shaking our heads and smiling. It’s all we could do. This would […]


Short Stories from the Road: Valley Encounter

This is story #1 in my Short Stories from the Road series. Introduction found here The air still had a bite to it. As the early morning turned to late, I’d hoped the weather would begin to warm, but it didn’t seem to be the case. The clouds wouldn’t relent for more than a few […]


Short Stories from the Road: An Introduction

Today I’d like to introduce a new series of short stories, or vignettes if you will, which I’ll post each Wednesday, the first being today. A now not-so-recent jaunt to Spain got me thinking about new content for this travel blog which brought back a flood of little memories from my travels. But as I […]

Mac Bar

The Real Answer to the Question “What was your favorite place?”

When people hear about my trip to Southeast Asia, the first question out of their mouth is, “What was your favorite place?” Now anyone who has gone on an extended traveling spree will understand that that question is basically impossible to answer. How can you sum up such a large portion of your life and […]

Vietnam Roundabout

Green in Saigon: Catching the Travel Bug

My flight was booked. I was headed to Vietnam. Now it was time to get excited, not to mention anxious. This was way back before One Way Ticket Phil had ever crossed my mind. I couldn’t even yet call myself a traveler. I was green. I’d sort of backpacked once previously, but never alone. And […]

Above the Clouds Rinjani

Up Rinjani: Climbing an Active Volcano Through My Eyes

My normal traveling plan is to plan as little as possible. Plans are for the uptight, the less adventurous, for my parents. I love my parents, but they love to know exactly what the deal is. It gives them peace of mind. It removes the stress. I completely agree with that last point. Not planning […]

From a Yangon Train

The Lonely Planet Effect: Revealing Travel Gems

A little over a year ago I was lucky enough to visit Myanmar during the early stages of its reintroduction to the outside world. Shortly afterward, I wrote an article on things to do in Yangon, its main city. I listed some tidbits of info on a few of the favorite things I did during […]

Sihanoukville Sunset

Reader Email: Pre-trip Wanderlust and Angst

I receive emails all the time from potential, current and future travelers but occasionally one of them stands out above the rest. Leading up to my departure I had a difficult time summing up my thoughts. I was saving my money up for something, something… bigger. I didn’t have all the details worked out but […]

Taman Negara Fungi

Taman Negara Rainforest: Snakes and Leeches and Fungi Oh My!

Welcome to Taman Negara! The jungle with the distinction as the world’s oldest. Pretty cool if you ask me. It’s located in the heart of Peninsular Malaysia and is definitely worth a visit. Especially since all the rainforest surrounding it for as far as you can drive has been converted to palm oil plantation. But […]