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Is The Magic Gone In Travel?

By |2019-05-25T11:30:23-05:00October 10th, 2014|Categories: Advice|

Has travel lost its magic? What happened to discovery and kismet and awe? Are there no surprises left? I strolled down Peace Avenue, the main thoroughfare, in Ulaan Batar, it was cool yet sunny. My black Columbia jacket was zipped up to my chin. One eye rested on Google Maps on my iPhone, the other on [...]

The Nobel Peace Prize – In Honor Of Malala

By |2019-05-25T11:31:09-05:00October 10th, 2014|Categories: Europe|

Arguably the most renowned prize in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded annually since 1901 for that person(s) or organization who "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. ” Alfred Nobel, the [...]

Svalbard – Northern Most Settlers In The World

By |2019-05-25T11:35:37-05:00October 8th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: |

Svalbard, an isolated Norwegian island, is found in the Arctic Ocean between 74 and 81 degrees north latitude. During the summer the sun does not set for 99 days and darkness reigns for 84 days in the winter. The approximate 3,000 people that call Svalbard their home are considered the northern most settlements in the world.   [...]

Smuggling Cartons of Cigarettes Into Syria

By |2019-05-25T11:39:29-05:00October 7th, 2014|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , |

My plan was to enter Syria via a land crossing from Jordan by getting a visa-on-arrival at the border. A pound of pistachios. Check. Two cokes. Check.  My fingers strolled through my worn Lonely Planet Middle East guide. I was in the midst of a multi-week trip covering a majority of the region. It was 2009, [...]