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Take it with a grain of Sand: 6 Lessons I’ve learned from driving through Mexico

As I was sitting in the customs line to cross my second international border in my Chevy van I reflected back on the last 10 days driving through Mexico, which were turbulent at times, but very rewarding and taught me many valuable lesson for the weeks and months to come in Central and South America. […]

6 Things That Make Colorado Colorful

Depending on when and where you enter the beautiful state of Colorado you may look at that slightly ironic brown and white welcome sign and think to yourself “they must be talking about some other state, maybe Florida or California, even Oregon.” The truth is you have to look past the arid landscape that sometimes […]

New Orleans: More than just Mardi Gras

Meet New Orleans, situated in the state of Louisiana, this city is more than just the Mardi Gras mecca. I find it very interesting how this place is rich in various cultural history. Just by walking around and taking photos I felt like I was being transported back to the 1700s. As you can see […]

Unravel Banda Neira’s Best Kept Secrets

I woke up to the rumble of the freighters’ engines. Looking out of the porthole window next to my bed the sight outside was surreal. It was unlike anything I have ever seen and impossible to put into words. In the middle of the Banda Sea, with no land in sight, the water was like […]

Best of Bali in the Wet Season

Bali was to be my first taste of Indonesia like it is for so many others. It is certainly a world class tourist destination and has plenty to offer to all kinds of travelers from backpackers to celebrities. Somewhere along the way on my flight from Singapore I crossed the equator and entered the Southern […]

Singapore Sightseeing

After my arrival in Singapore on the luxury Transtar Solitaire bus I realized that I was in for a completely different experience than what I have gotten used to in SE Asia.  Singapore is an orderly, clean, almost peaceful city compared to the hustle and bustle of cities such as Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. I […]

Transtar Solitaire: Review of My Luxury Bus Ride to Singapore

It doesn’t happen often since I am a backpacker traveling on a budget, but I decided to splurge on my bus ride to Singapore. I knew I wouldn’t get the chance to ride on a bus like the Transtar Solitaire for a while since transit through Indonesia, my next destination, is infamous for being uncomfortable. […]

Kuala Lumpur: Another Capital City

It is always a nice change of pace to be in a SE Asian capital city. There are always lots of options for places to eat, great wifi, and modern public transportation. I took advantage of all three of these amenities while I was in Kuala Lumpur. Anyone who knows me can attest to the […]

Relief from the Heat in Cameron Highlands

Penang was hot and humid. As I was sitting in the van on my way south to the Cameron Highlands I was looking forward to the much cooler temperatures I anticipated at 5000 ft in elevation. At the same time I was reflecting on how different the country of Malaysia is from the other countries […]

Penang, Malaysia is the Food Capital of SE Asia

Penang is best known for the variety and quality of it food. In fact all of Malaysia has a renown cuisine that is a mix of Indian, Chinese, and Malay. The best part is you don’t have to go to an fancy restaurant and spend a lot of money to enjoy a good meal. Eating […]