Destinations

Travel apps that will blow you away

A long long time ago (15 years ago) in the dark ages of travel, people had to go to bookstores to buy maps,drive to travel agencies to get airline tickets, and physically walk into hotels to find out the price of a room. It all seems pretty barbaric now that almost every person has a phone that has changed the way we USED to do everything. We really don’t even need...

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Going to Iraq for vacation?

When I told my friends I was going to Iraq, some figured I’d joined the military or was planning to do something illegal. After all, what do most people think of when you mention this country? Tanks, blown-up buildings, bombs….. Face it, out of all the places in the world, Iraq is going to be at the bottom of most tourist bucket lists. Believe it or not, this country...

Visiting five countries where you are not allowed

I’m sitting in Istanbul getting ready to board a plane for Saudi Arabia. I don’t have a visa because tourists visas are practically impossible to get, but in my quest to visit every country in the world, I’ve found a loophole to visit this Middle Eastern country, even if it is only in the airport. Actually, I’ve found quite a few tricks to visit countries Americans...

Five reasons to visit Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has a mystical sound to it’s name. Like “Zanzibar” or “Singapore”, there’s something exotic about it and one can’t help but feel like James Bond while recounting their adventures in this part of the world. In spite of its cool moniker, this emirate has always played second fiddle to one of the world’s most popular destinations, Dubai. However, Abu Dhabi...

The Greatest race on earth

The Indianapolis 500 has always been on my bucket list as a thing I’d like to do someday, but like most items on my list, I knew next to nothing about it. I figured, given its name and my uncanny deduction abilities, it was probably in Indianapolis. I had no idea that the “500” referred to the number of miles that the racers must drive to win the race. As luck would...

11 things you need to know before you visit China

I’ve been traveling through China for the last 2 weeks. It’s a fascinating country with amazing archaeological treasures, breathtaking scenery and pandas. Yes, pandas. Although I’ve been here half a dozen times, I find travel here to be some of the most challenging in the world. It can be extremely frustrating because of language barriers and customs that westerners...