Category Archives: Best of Killing Batteries

The 10 best Lonely Planet articles of all time (that I wrote)

Tweet Why yes, this is a full-tilt, vanity listicle, shamelessly basking in personal achievement. You wanna make something of it? All right, then. I’ve already forgotten how this got started, but for some reason I was cataloging all the Lonely Planet articles I’d written from late-2010 to early-2015 and figured…

The most important travel safety video you’ll ever watch

Tweet Pretty self-explanatory. If you can’t see the video or if YouTube is blocking it in your country, try here. Share on Facebook

Coincidence of the decade or greatest practical joke ever?

Tweet Now I realize that there’s really never a convenient time to descend into jabbering insanity, but one would at least hope that such a singular event might be preceded by, I don’t know, a heads-up? A courteous note of forewarning? Just so one can put their affairs in order…

How to escape a bribe shakedown perpetrated by greedy Moldovan swine

Tweet Just north of Chisinau, on the road to the Cricova winery, there’s a devious little speed trap in a 300 meter long, little buttfuck settlement, barely large enough to be named and nowhere near large enough to appear on any maps. The two cops in this almost-town have absolutely…

The Best of Killing Batteries

Tweet Some of you may have noticed that yet another window has appeared in the left margin over the past week. The addition of the “Best of KB” window has made the margin well over two feet long now, but I believe it’s necessary for the benefit of the tens…

A Day in the Life of a Freelance Writer

Tweet I apologize in advance for the length, but not really. I vblog like I write – it’s either 2,000 words or nothing at all. [Cross-posted at This is Why I Love Minneapolis] Share on Facebook

The definitive guide to airport and airplane etiquette

Tweet It’s been a while since I compiled a lengthy list of my opinions and pet peeves and given them an authoritative title so as to pass them off as travel gospel that panicky newspaper researchers can quote in last second filler stories. (Goddamn I love the internet!) Plus, I…

Chile Review – “Ultimate fly fishing?” No really, where are we going?

Tweet My day of ‘ultimate fly fishing’ had finally arrived. I’d initially taken this term to be a mirthful oxymoron, but that was before I was rocketing past volcanoes and cruising mere tens of feet over forest canopy at a breathtaking 130 MPH in a Bell 407 helicopter to engage…

This is what’s pissing me off today (Nov. 26th, 2007)

Tweet F*cking Italy!!! OK, OK… Let’s just calm down and try to discuss this like rational, levelheaded F*CKING ITALY!!!!! Here’s Italy’s latest piss me off endeavor: Last April, I rented a car from a so-called “car rental agency” in Florence through a broker web site called Nova Car Hire, to…

The Definitive Guide to Hostel Etiquette

Tweet I’ve been inspired by last week’s list to make another list. Normally, I’m not a list guy. I just don’t do it. I can barely get it together to make a grocery list (e.g. yesterday I forgot mayo and contact lens solution), much less an authoritative, trustworthy list for…

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