Category Archives: Travel

Watch the trailer for BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA!

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The last true adventure in Europe

Tweet [You know about Long Reads, right? Well, this is the Longest Read – in the history of my blog. From my travelogue archives, an edited and re-mastered account of my 78 hour bus ride from southwest Spain to northeast Romania in June 2004.] The build up Some travel elitists…

Worst hostel in Europe

Tweet [Disclaimer: This might not be the worst hostel in Europe. I can’t be sure since I haven’t stayed at every hostel in Europe. But it was without question a strong contender when I stayed here in October 2003 and, as with any situation involving unusual discomfort and personal injustice,…

Interview with Doug Mack, author of ‘Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide’

Tweet Disclosure: That even on my best day, my book reviewing skills are amateurish notwithstanding, I am good friends with Doug and have therefore opted to skip doing a book review in favor of an only sporadically serious interview on his travels and scoring his first book, Europe on 5…

Digiboo lets airport travelers buy or rent movies on flash drives

Tweet UPDATE: August 10, 2012 – Digiboo is introducing a wireless download feature from their kiosks, eliminating the need for the flash drive transfer. As of this writing, kiosks are in the Minneapolis/St Paul, Seattle and Portland airports. Recently, for maybe the third or fourth time since they cured polio,…

Travel writers share their worst travel scam experiences

Tweet “What was the worst travel scam you’ve ever fallen for?” Doug Mack asked me during the second round of drinks at a recent “meeting.” The soon-to-be-published travel author had just returned from a trip to Havana, Cuba, where he and his girlfriend had been victim to the “I meant…

Top least awful travel Twitter personalities in recorded history (so far)

Tweet Oh, look! Another voter-driven, who-to-follow travel Twitter list! So, here’s the fundamental problem with these voter-driven lists: they’re far more reflective of existing popularity and the willingness to campaign by the contenders than appreciable talent. Sure, voter-driven Top Whatever lists serve a vaguely useful purpose, even if that purpose…

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

A traveler’s guide to coping with detainment and bribery

Tweet This is a follow-up to my traveler’s guide to coping with arrest. Far less disturbing than being arrested while abroad, but statistically more probable, is being detained for a minor or non-existent violation and being intimidated into bribing your way out of the situation. Coping with detainment and bribery…

A traveler’s guide to coping with arrest

Tweet [International readers: though this piece was written for an American audience, I hope you’ll find some portions of general interest.] Before I get started, I’d like to unequivocally state, for both the readers and the person that originally suggested that I write this piece, who fancied that I’d know…

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