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My first book, BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA, is on Amazon!

Tweet It is with enormous satisfaction and pride that I announce the publication of my first solo, book-length project, Backpacking with Dracula. Honestly, so many nights and weekends have been dedicated to working on this project for the past year and a half, I guess the prevailing feeling I have…

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…

Announcing my upcoming book: BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA

Tweet A travel book investigating Vlad “The Impaler” Dracula and the vampire monster he inspired   ~ Coming in 2016 ~   The undisputed A-lister among Transylvania’s cabaret of supernatural blood-drainers and face-eaters, Count Dracula is both a publicist’s dream and nightmare. Like Justin Bieber, despite unremitting horrifying behavior, the…

In which I face a cuckolded husband and machete justice on the island of Tinian

Tweet The shirtless, strapping, Pacific Islander man standing roughly 20 feet in front of me was possibly drunk, definitely pissed off, and holding a two foot machete. His unkempt hair, smoldering facial expression and posture alone would have been unnerving enough without the added knowledge that I’d just spent the…

A vomit anthology – celebrating 20 years barf-free

Tweet Twenty years ago this week, possibly even this day, was the last time I vomited. This was no run of the mill, spew-wipe-and-go caliber vomit, which is why I remember the event so well. It was spectacular enough to warrant new terminology: “The Double Eject.” This post is going…

How to write about food when you don’t know squat about food

Tweet Being that travel is effectively a perpetual exercise in ungraceful, humbling discovery, travel writers are often put in the position of writing about stuff that they knew little or nothing about before the trip. Moreover, the editorial understanding for these assignments is that the new experience or activity will…

That time I was detained in Singapore and why I never made it to Cambodia and Vietnam

Tweet I have been sitting alone in this tiny room for a very long time. It seems so anyway. Time has a way of becoming deceptively elastic under certain conditions. Like how the three minutes it takes to eat a cupcake seems like eight seconds. Or, in this case, how…

Lost, at night, in the jungle highlands of Borneo

Tweet [This is an edited and re-mastered excerpt from my 2005 travelogue, recounting my visit to Bario, in Malaysian Borneo.] Myriad thoughts race through your mind when you are lost and alone at night in the jungle highlands of Borneo. Usually, this brain revving involves panic, urgency, and double attention…

The bravest traveler I ever met

Tweet Long term world travelers are not exceptionally brave. They don’t fight fires or deactivate bombs or take 78 hour bus rides from Spain to Romania in the punishing heat of June (the sane ones don’t at any rate). Yet, world travelers frequently hear reverential comments about their bravery from…

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