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Walking With The Founders of Tiger Balm

By |2019-05-25T11:27:00-05:00July 27th, 2014|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , |

Tiger Balm is a popular ointment with a distinct menthol smell and memorable packaging. When I read the description of Haw Par Villa in Singapore my eyes immediately glazed over. The park is a series of dated statues and dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese mythology, legends and Confucianism. I saw the photos and the words cheesy [...]

Travel For Free

By |2019-05-25T11:27:02-05:00July 20th, 2014|Categories: Advice, Africa|Tags: , , , , |

This is the Holy Grail, travel for free! In a several week period in April, I received about $8,000 in free airline tickets and hotels. I stayed in a hotel I would never typically stay in: Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa. My 1000 square foot overlooking the Indian Ocean was over $700 a night. My [...]

The Roof Of Africa, Simien Mountains

By |2019-05-25T11:27:04-05:00July 7th, 2014|Categories: Africa, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Simien Mountains, a UNESCO site, are found in northern Ethiopia. The tallest peak is Ras Dashen at 4543 meters in  The Simien Mountains are found on a massive plateau (412 sq km) ranging from 1600m-4543m. Peaks dangerously dive into deep gullies. The most common launching point is Gondar, about a 3 hour drive away. Besides the [...]

Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

By |2019-05-25T11:23:33-05:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Asia, Must-See|Tags: , , |

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE also includes Dubai, for a total of 7 emirates. Abu Dhabi is the less flashy, but richer brother to Dubai. The UAE became a unified nation upon the departure of the British, who managed the territory as a protectorate. The UAE is astonishingly wealthy, [...]

Hotel – Be A Rock Star In Bangkok

By |2019-05-25T11:25:47-05:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , , , , |

There are too many hotel options in Bangkok.  Too many choices.  But if you want to splurge, consider staying at Lebua at State Hotel.  Have a drink on the 63rd roof deck bar and restaurant.  Why not?  That is where the characters of Hangover II were hanging out.  Otherwise you can take a dip at the [...]

Surreal North Korea

By |2019-05-25T11:23:08-05:00July 1st, 2014|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What do I have in common with Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle? No, we are all not serial killers. But we have all gone on vacation to North Korea. The difference ends there. Miller and Fowle are in jail in North Korea, and I am back home, writing this story. North Korea aka the [...]