Journey to Japan v.1: Introduction to Tokyo

Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

A Very Gaijin Introduction After the usual work-pack-depart marathon, we flew 3.5 hours to Dallas and another 13.5 hours, impatiently awaiting our big introduction to Tokyo. Despite the flight time, both flights were pleasant and seemed to pass by pretty quickly. I sat in a center seat next to a super tiny Vietnamese woman, so […]

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5 To-Die-For, Must-See National Parks

Lake Louise, Banff

Let me begin with a disclaimer: this list is by no means all-encompassing. Obviously, there more than five must-see national parks in the world. And I think you should see as many as humanly possible in your lifetime, because, in my experience, they’re declared national parks for good reason—they’re amazing. I should also note that, […]

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Golden Gai In Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo's Golden Gai district

Welcome to the “tiny bar district” in Tokyo! Golden Gai, or “Golden District,” is a six-alley network of some 200 bars in the Shinjuku neighborhood. Each shanty establishment seats anywhere from five to thirty people, and they all come with their very own personalized theme—death metal, karaoke, and the like. (Who doesn’t love a kitschy […]

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Global Debauchery’s Top Travel Destinations

Lagoa do Fogo Sao Miguel Azores

“What’s your favorite place?” A common and seemingly benign question for frequent travelers. I can’t speak for other travelers, obviously. Maybe they have that one place that makes their heart swoon; their happy place, where the stars align and they could give up everything and retire there yesterday. My answer is not so straightforward. …”It’s […]

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My Personal Travel Rites of Passage

Connemara, Ireland

Some time ago, I was forwarded James Kay’s Lonely Planet article, “The Traveller’s Classic Rites of Passage” and asked which of these rites I, personally, have encountered in my explorations. The answer is all of them. “Reader’s Requests” came to life shortly after and, well, telling those tales on this forum seemed a perfect fit. […]

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A New Zealand Road Trip With A Fiji Stopover v.4

Pancake Rocks and Mangarakau Wetland Swamp We spent the morning driving along some pretty spectacular New Zealand cliffs. Saw steam lifting off the Tasman Sea oceanfront, which I haven’t seen before. Tried to get it on video, but failed miserably. Stopped off at the Pancake Rocks and Blowhole in Paparoa National Park. Interesting enough geological […]

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