Travel: Myths and Realities by
Lies Ouwerkerk, Senior
As if my sometimes off-limits travel destinations
are not frowned upon enough already, my preference
for solo travel seems even more reason to doubt my
sanity. "You must often feel lonely" friends
and colleagues use to say in pity, "don't you
hate to eat alone all the time?" The truth is
that when I travel on my own, I am hardly ever alone...
to Make a Great Travel Itinerary by
Robert Reid , "How to Enjoy the World" Columnist
Some say a trip’s rewards come at an inverse relationship
with anticipation. The less you think about it beforehand,
the greater it will be. It’s awful advice, really.
Planning a trip — and getting excited from all the
planning — is half the fun of travel. And that’s the
only way you can be sure you’re going to have a personalized
trip you really want.
So here are some ways to do that.
to Be a Travel Show-Off by Robert
Robert Reid holds a mirror up to those with a compulsive
love for bragging about about their travels, either
overtly or through what some have called the "humblebrag," and
offers some friendly suggestions.
to Dislike a Destination by Robert
Good travelers do not treat a destination like a restaurant,
like impatient consumers, and offer peoples and cultures
every chance with an open mind, even if initial experiences
are not always equally overwhelming.
to Fall in Love with the Flatlands by
Mountains are nice to look at, but they tend to get
in the way of a view...
to Be an Ugly American by Robert
In his new column, prolific traveler and travel writer
Robert Reid both brings to light the historical stereotype
and debunks the myth of the 'Ugly American' traveler
while exploring an image that no longer applies, even
using worldwide surveys to support his observations.
Potts on Long-Term Travel: An Interview
Rolf Potts, often called the "Jack Kerouac of
the Internet Age" and author of the inspiring immediate
classic Vagabonding, tells Dr. Clay A. Hubbs what motivates
his travel writing and ponders the self-imposed limitations
which prevent many from traveling independently abroad.
Travel: Choosing Where to Go
Rob Sangster describes places to travel solo which will make
your heart beat faster with a sense of adventure.
Tips for Solo Travelers: Good Reasons to Travel Alone
Practical tips for those who choose to travel solo abroad while
discussing the issues which solo travelers often confront.
Without a Purpose: Simplifying Your Life on the Road
Beth Whitman suggests a way to approach travel which often
leads to the most spontaneous and profound individual experiences.
Travel Alone? Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Solo Travel
Russell B. Sunshine describes the advantages of solo travel.
to Find Paradise
Rob Sangster imparts three pearls of wisdom using
the tropical paradise of Bangkok, Thailand, as an example.
Off the Beaten Path
Jeff Goldman offers one of a series of tips for independent
travelers based upon his extensive travel experience covering
almost every corner of the earth.
your Laptop Computer Overseas
For the past nine years I have had one faithful companion
on many overseas trips: my laptop computer. While
this companionship has not been without challenges,
I have found my computer to be an indispensable tool
on most of my travels, especially on long-term trips.
As a travel writer and researcher, my laptop is a
necessary tool to work on stories and meet research
Your Laptop and Sensitive Information Abroad
Nora Dunn explores ways to increase security for the sensitive
information you store on your laptop computer while traveling
independently abroad, and interviews an expert.
for Travel Abroad: Gathering and Traveling with Official
Nora Dunn discusses how to most safely travel abroad with all
your legal documents in order and backed up in several ways.
Finances Securely While Traveling Abroad
Nora Dunn offers her practical inside tips.
Tips for Travelers
Volker Poelzl provides a practical guide on why you need travel
insurance, with tips for covering health to flight to property
Wonders: Lots to Wonder About
Rob Sangster reflects on the recent designations
of the Seven Wonders of the World and suggests that we at first
understand what they represented in times past, while realizing
the many wonders which are less well-known or those which are
important to our independent hearts and souls.
Study, Travel: The Combination Allows You to Live Abroad
as a Local
Jen Swanson's own story provides inside tips, inspiration
and resources on how to extend your travel abroad.
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity: Along Yunnan’s
Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road by
Lies Ouwerkerk, Senior Contributing Editor
A beautifully-illustrated voyage deep into the diverse
Yunnan tea and horse caravan road in China leads to
a plethora of interesting rituals and experiences
with the many local subcultures.
Travel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia by
Yogyakarta, Indonesia is so very rich in culture and
natural beauty, and is an ideal destination for the
Travel in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia by
A richly illustrated voyage to the land, culture,
and people who practice a unique and very colorful
form of animism.
the Footsteps of Field Biologist Alfred Wallace:
Exploring the Islands of the Indonesian Archipelago by
An extraordinary and visually compelling voyage following
Darwin's contemporary and collaborator path through
the islands of Indonesia on a "Pinisi."
Along With the Nomads of Mongolia’s Wild West by
Lies wanders with a Mongolian tribe and immerses herself,
to the extent possible, in a ritualized life which
is at once simple yet full of symbolism, purity, and
beauty. She is taken into the yurt she helps build,
and is fed, told stories while witnessing events held
by her very hosts, and generally treated with a hospitality
that is hard to imagine living in such rough lands.
Paro Tshechu Festival
An Expression of Gross National Happiness in the Land
of the Thunder Dragon by Lies Ouwerkerk
Lies takes you inside a sacred festival in the “world’s
last Shangri-la," as Bhutan often has been dubbed,
and provides an in-depth and illustrated explanation
of the colorful dances and rituals.
Through Laos, At Last by Sheila
...There is plenty to learn...about in Laos, but plenty
also to enjoy. Now, with a government softening toward
the foreign visitors, its people are finally getting
their piece of the tourism pie. Go now, while most
of the country retains its pastoral pace!
Drinking, Smoking, Womanizing Saint by
Ted Campbell describes a paradoxical saint worshipped
in Guatemala, San Simon, or Maximon—the same
guy with two names. San Simon is the unrecognized
Spanish saint, and Maximon is the Mayan shaman. He
is the primary saint in Guatemala and you can see
effigies to him everywhere, some in special shrines
which change houses every year, and some in less likely
places like bars or worse. He always looks somewhat
the same—with a mustache, cowboy hat, cigarette
hanging from his mouth, and surrounded by any number
of colorful and odd decorations...
Travel in Japan by Lies Ouwerkerk
When my plane touches down on Tokyo's Narita airport,
I sense a split-second of panic: will I be able to
survive in this totally unknown territory without
one word of Japanese or the ability to decipher Japanese
Beauties of the Far East: Japan’s Ryokan,
South Korea’s Hanok, and Mongolia’s Ger by
In the Far East, traditional inns or guesthouses are
some of the best ways to travel independently and
immerse yourself in the local culture for a more authentic
of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination by
An excerpt from Nora Dunn's new ebook where she offers
fascinating travel immersion stories of train trips
and routes worldwide, short and long, famous and lesser
a Campervan Trip in Australia by
by way of a campervan is a classic road trip. Many
areas of this vast country are remote enough that
in order to enjoy the quiet splendor of the Australian
landscape you need to be relatively self-sufficient.
And Australian campervan holidays are not only a popular
option for those visiting from overseas, but native
Australians are also renowned for loving the campervan
and caravan circuit."
of the Arctic: Voyage by Icebreaker Ship
Along the Edge of the World by
Traveling on an icebreaker had been on my wish list
for quite a long time. Polar expeditions do not come
cheap, however, as icebreakers are extremely expensive
to run, due to high fuel costs and crew/staff—passenger
ratio. But when an extra work contract fell unexpectedly
into my lap this year, I jumped on the sudden opportunity
to make my dream come true.
Rob Sangster, describes his safari (Swahili for "journey")
experience in Botswana and discovers a new emphasis on ecology.
Trails: Journey Through the Bolivian and Peruvian Andes
Martin Li takes us on a fascinating cultural and historical
journey retracing the ancient Inca Trails through the Bolivian
and Peruvian Andes.
the Land of the Gods: Exploring India's Buddhist Heritage
Volker Poelzl travels through the beautiful Spiti valley of
Northern India, where he discovers a rich yet isolated culture
steeped in Buddhism.
Larry Morgan provides inside tips on trekking in the Himalayas
and supplements his report with excellent resources and some
breathtaking photos from his own journey in Nepal.
Travel in South America
Volker Poelzl provides advice, inside tips, and essential resources
for planning air travel in South America.
Travel in South America
Volker Poelzl provides inside tips and essential resources
for planning independent overland travel in South America via
bus, train, car, and even hitchhiking.
Travel in Europe
Volker Poelzl describes the options for overland travel in
Europe — where the many great solo travel choices include
trains, buses, and cars.
Travel in South America
Volker Poelzl provides inside tips for planning independent
passenger boat travel in South America.
Tips for Travel in South America
Volker Poelzl offers essential safety tips for those traveling
to South America.
Train Trips Around the World
Rob Sangster takes us on his favorite train trips
worldwide, and provides a plethora of web links to demonstrate
how you can do the same.
Inside Buenos Aires
Daniel Gabriel offer inside tips on how and where to meet the
locals in a fascinating yet affordable city perfect for independent
and budget travel — a "New World Europe.
to Dalat: Gem of Vietnam's Highlands
John Lander conveys in words and pictures his impressions of
what is often called the "Petit Paris."
Other Middle East: Perception Is Not Reality in Oman
Alison Gardner finds that Oman does not conform to the stereotypical
views of a Middle-Eastern country, and was overwhelmed by the
hospitality and the culture.
Cordillera Apolobamba: An Inca Trail Less Traveled
Martin Li describes his explorations on an Incan
in Bolivia: Bumping Along the Jesuit Missions Circuit
Amy Stix Miller describes a bus ride along the Jesuit Missions
Circuit in Bolivia, so very rich in religious art.
Day in Montenegro
Rob Sangster immerses himself in the life and politics of an
ancient land which is working to become a cultural travel destination.
from Ethiopia: Visitors to Africa's "Best-Kept Secret" Receive
Clay Hubbs reports from the land of Ethiopia where the tourists
are few yet the land and people are transcendently beautiful.
Stays: Ways to Stretch Them to the Maximum
Mark J. Schechinger, provides tips on visiting Paris
for as long as possible to soak up that remarkable city and "laissez
le bons temps rouler"..
in Asia: An Overview for First-Timers
Amelie de Mahy provides the inside tips for travelers on their
initial trip to the East.
to Central Asia
Roger Norum on the largely undiscovered and tourist-free wonders
of Central Asia where he was immersed in fascinating cultural
traditions from Tajikistan to Kazakhstan to Urzbekistan.
with Gorillas: Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Southwest
Thor Hanson reports his experience tracking mountain
gorillas in southwest Uganda.
and Hospitality in the Ancient Land of Turkey
Alex Elgar describes the magical charms of Southeastern
Turkey along the Tigris - a land imbued with many strata of
cultures and history.
Off-Season: Take a Trip through History
Barbara Bode was so entranced by the multi-layered
history and the charms of the island of Malta, she moved there.
She has painted for us a fascinating tease in vivid colors.
Trekking in Iceland: Experiencing Europe's Westernmost
Country Viking Style
Hope Cristo travels to Iceland and describes the
poetry of living where the myth of the ancient Vikings permeates
Healers: Adventurous Travelers Watch Traditional Doctors
James Hall reports on his remarkable travel adventure
amongst the traditional doctors and warriors in Swaziland.
Visit to Soweto
Lucy Corne describes her experience in a historically rich
township in South Africa as an independent traveler, where
she was both overwhelmed by the hospitality of the natives
and learned that many of her preconceptions were not based
English Bed and Breakfast
Martee Fansher writes that after a stay at English
B&B's, you will feel you’re saying goodbye to friends.
Sarah Bush on exploring Macchu Picchu without feeling
like a tourist while experiencing time slowed down to echo
the rich cultural history.
Char Simons reports that the only difficult part
of her memorable trip through the unpublicized hospitality
which was her experience of the Middle East was the reaction
of her friends and family before she embarked.