30 09, 2016
  • hanoi-street-food-tour-1-2

I Killed a Chicken with My Own Two Hands, Pt. 2

The girl led me to a hacked up wooden block lying in the dirt, handed me a dull machete, looked me in the eyes, and made a karate chop gesture towards her throat. I didn’t really need more instruction than that, but I was deeply afraid that I’d butcher the butchering process and only chop half the chicken’s head off on the first go, forcing both the chicken and my conscience to suffer [...]

8 02, 2016
  • Rice Terraces

Slaying Stereotypes: Southeast Asia Edition

There comes a time in every wanderer's travels when they have no bed for the next night and no idea where to go, only the desire to go somewhere new. This was me last week (and, now that I think about it, me right now...but that's ok). I was lounging in Kuala Lumpur with the AC pumping, being unproductive, when I realized I was supposed to check-out the next morning. "Look how spontaneous I'm [...]

4 02, 2016
  • Thai Islands

Thai Islands: “The Beach” in 2016

Amazingly, the first time I heard of and watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Beach” was last month on Koh Lanta, a low-key island off the west coast of Thailand. Filmed on the neighboring island of Koh Phi Phi, “The Beach” is a favorite among Thailand’s backpackers. Needless to say, today’s Thailand isn’t the uncivilized wilderness depicted in the film. The tribes in huts have been replaced by clusters of hostels, bars, resorts, and souvenir [...]

16 01, 2016
  • Cannes Boardwalk

When in Cannes

The beaches in Cannes are some of the best along the French Riviera due to the presence of sand as opposed to the more commonly found pebbles of the Cȏte d'Azur. No, this sand is not a miracle of nature found only in Cannes, it is a product of the wealthy residents of the city paying to import sand from more fortunate beaches to avoid having to bruise their well-manicured feet. You [...]

10 01, 2016
  • Paratay Beach

Itinerary for a Day-Long Party in Paratay

Rise and shine! Time waits for no one. If hunger pesters the stomach, the hostel will provideth food. Walk to the Rodoviária and wait for the Trindade Bus and spend the 40 minute bus ride thinking about how awesome the waves are going to be, and then have your expectations blown out of the water once you get there. Spend two and a half hours thinking about how hard surfing must be [...]

8 12, 2015
  • Cliff Jumping in Nice

Flight School: Cliff Jumping in Nice

If your mom never yelled at you while you were younger and said something along the lines of, "if all your friends told you to jump off of a cliff would you do it?!" then you were probably a total square and should go back to class, you teacher's pet. In Nice, if your friends tell you to jump off of a cliff, you should totally do it. The geography of the [...]

6 12, 2015
  • Antibes Harbor

ABCs of Antibes: Absinthe, Billionaires, & Coastline

Antibes is the small town squished between Nice and Cannes that serves as a backup port for those who can't find a place to moor their yacht in Cannes. Okay, this might not be totally true, but Antibes is famous for "Billionaire's Bay," a bay that should require no explanation further than its title.  Beyond being one of the world's most valuable parking garages, Antibes is home to several other interesting attractions. [...]

30 11, 2015
  • Rovinj Beach in Croatia

Seven Things to Bring to Beaches in Pula

Water Shoes. Rocks, sea urchins, crabs—there’s no shortage of things to cut your feet open on. Olive oil. Should you step on a sea urchin, soaking the afflicted body part in olive oil will help you get the spines out. Snorkel mask. It may not be fun to step on aquatic life, but it’s sure pretty to look at. Your dog. Certain beach areas prohibit animals, but those that don’t are often [...]

26 11, 2015
  • Varadero Beach, Cuba

El Malecón: Paradise by the Sea

The Malecón is a five mile long seaside esplanade that stretches from Havana Harbor in the east to the western edge of Vedado. It’s cordoned off from the ocean by a crumbling, mildewed seawall that overlooks jagged, barnacled rocks swimming in the surf below. Interestingly enough— though not in the least surprisingly— the Malecón serves as a microcosm that represents Havana as a whole. In fact, pretty much anything you can see [...]

16 11, 2015
  • Costa Brava beach

Top 10 Beaches in Costa Brava

Sant Francesc. This is a delightful little cove near Blanes. The water is crystal clear, green, and blue as you get deeper. You can see it from the gardens above, and sometimes you'll find local fisherman catching octopus while you swim. Bay of Roses. A very large bay with extensive restaurants and hotels along the shore. A popular tourist destination, the Bay of Roses features many water sports such as jet skiing [...]

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