• Sex Tourism & Travel Groups

    Because there are some people who are okay with owning others and some who are okay with being owned, her husband doesn’t allow her to travel anymore with her travel group because he read someplace on a Yahoo article about sex tourism that travel groups are less about the...
  • Flying Standby: The Video

    The Thing About Flying Standby. Patience, as the cliché goes, is a virtue. Get to the airport an hour or so before the very first flight headed toward your destination, and be prepared to be at the airport all day, hoping and wishing. Things to know: 1. Show up...
  • Human Zoos & Tourists: Rio & Others

    Folks are flooding the streets and stadium seats in Rio to watch the runners, jumpers, throwers, lifters, and twisters and to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, lay-offs, and retirements. I urge them to try the ceviche, get a tattoo, grab a Filet-o-Fish out of the McDonalds in Ipanema, and stay the...
  • Dear Women Traveling Solo: Maybe.

    Disclaimer: I am not, nor have I ever been, a woman. I slept on the bottom bunk, beneath Katie, a solo traveler too afraid to tell her mom she quit her job as a nanny to a French child who insisted on being Satan. For a month she’s been...
  • Open Road & Hammock & Secrets (A Trip)

    Do you feel that freaking heat coming and the breeze that follows? We do! And we are well prepared to tae full advantage of it all. Today, right here, we officially title this summer “Freedom From Boredom Summer.” Who has time to be bored when the sun is out...
  • Traveling & Experiencing is “White People Sh*t?”

    That last time I said “that’s white people shit,” was 2001 after listening and falling in love with Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” in Brookes Sim’s bedroom. How could it be “white people shit” if I loved it so much. Then came Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, Norah Jones, and a...
  • I Haven’t Had Deodorant In Weeks

    I’m on my way back to the U.S. today, stopping in Florida before hitchhiking (well, Craigslist Ridesharing) my way to Charlottesville, Virginia. I was home in Los Angeles last week for roughly 17 hours after that 24.5 hour trek from South Africa, and before the three flights it took...
  • JoBurg : The Belly of the Beast

    It’s impossible to write while inside the belly of the beast, hey? The senses are being attacked; perhaps sight more than anything. It’s funny though, because the belly of this beast was beautifully dark. Still sight was the greatest of them all. Never in my life, probably not even...
  • Murphy’s Flight

    Murphy’s Flight I hate early morning flights passionately, but they’re usually the cheapest, at least when I need to book them, so I hop on and catch up on the sleep I missed out on because of my last minute packing, snack shopping, and bullshitting in the streets. This...