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From Chuck Thompson’s excellent To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism: If there’s one lesson I’ve prized from my years of travel it’s this: no place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be. Government bureaucrats are more concerned with covering their asses by issuing ludicrous [...]
In the March 2011 print issue of Budget Travel, Travel Channel host and uber-traveler Anthony Bourdain was asked if, during all his travels, he’d “ever gotten really sick”. His response: Twice in 10 years, and it wasn’t a surprise. Simple diarrhea is another story; it’s something you just have to be prepared for as a [...]
Your culture affects every aspect of your life. Indeed.
Colleen Wilde relays this little gem from one of my favorite childhood authors, Shel Silverstein: “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” What a lovely way to describe [...]
Upon digging through an old personal stash of (admittedly terrible) poetry from a lifetime ago, I stumbled across a bit of oddly inspiring prose from Nietzsche. It will no doubt be familiar to you if you’ve ever taken a university philosophy course before, but I think it’s worth revisiting: The greatest weight. – What, if [...]
Here’s a travel tip: never, ever pack when you’re high. You get there, you open your bag, nothing matches. For the whole trip, all you have to wear is a Hawaiian shirt, an oven mitt, and a lava lamp. The rest of the bag is full of cookie dough and Hot Wheels trucks. -Dave Attell [...]
Via WhyGo: In a fight between you and the world, bet on the world. – Franz Kafka I think Kafka was a bit of a “glass half empty” sort of fellow.
The real measure of a person’s wealth is how much he would be worth if he lost all his money. – Bernard Meltzer
Andy Rutledge, chief design strategist for a new media company, is an inspiration for me both personally and professionally. In a recent blog post titled Life Lessons, Andy shares this bit of wisdom: How did I get what I have now? How do I get to do what I do now? Almost all of the [...]
Inspirational tips, quotes and insightful miscellany from some of the world’s best writers.
Sane, thoughtful people know that money doesn’t buy happiness. Nothing new there. But sometimes it’s hard for day-dreaming cubicle jockeys to imagine quitting a cushy 9-to-5 desk job to pursue their fantasies of long-term travel. Good news according to a recent article in Newsweek: Psychologists have spent decades studying the relation between wealth and happiness,” [...]
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – TS Eliot Spoken like a true traveler.
From Ben Saunders, who is “the youngest person to ski solo to the geographic North Pole and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton”: If you could offer one piece of advice, what would that be? Follow your heart. Do what you’re passionate about; do it to the best of [...]
I received a pep e-mail today from the folks at National Novel Writing Month. A bit of advice on the craft of writing your first (travel) novel from Tom Robbins, a published author: When you sit down to begin that novel of yours, the first thing you might want to do is toss a handful [...]