What Dreams May Come – Those personal favorite moments that explicitly remind you why you went traveling in the first place.

  • Tuned Into Tunis, The Ramadan Edition May 31, 2017   This morning was time to say goodbye to Malta.     ,,,And hello to Tunisia! Except for myself and Samin, this is everyone’s first time in Africa!     The recent travel warnings in Tunisia have been minimal at best, but due to the scores of tourists that were killed in Tunisia, both here in Tunis and at the resort in Sousse 2 years ...
  • Valletta, Malta: Winter Ain’t Coming May 30, 2017   This morning was time to say goodbye to Ann, Joseph, and Mihaela in Luxembourg:     The 6 of us remaining boarded a 10am, 1 hour flight from Luxembourg and had about an hour’s layover in Munich before catching our connecting 2 hour flight to Malta.     And from one microstate to another, Malta is only 316 square kilometers with a ...
  • Veni, Vidi, Venezia! May 25, 2017   What’s equally surprising to having done Italy but not Rome, is also doing Italy but never Venice. Even though I’ve passed through Venice Marco Polo International Airport on multiple occasions with frequent intentions to see the city within a layover’s time frame, I’ve never could accomplish the task, but was I really missing out on that much? The short answer: ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • Tuned Into Tunis, The Ramadan Edition May 31, 2017   This morning was time to say goodbye to Malta.     ,,,And hello to Tunisia! Except for myself and Samin, this is everyone’s first time in Africa!     The recent travel warnings in Tunisia have been minimal at best, but due to the scores of tourists that were killed in Tunisia, both here in Tunis and at the resort in Sousse 2 years ...
  • Finishing The Trans-Mongolian: Beijing, China January 11, 2017   After yesterday’s shenanigans on 2 trains, we slept in for about 3-4 hours before having to wake up for a 7:10am arrival at Beijing Railway station, thus sadly concluding our Trans-Mongolian Railway journey.     After picking up our night train tickets at the ticket office, dropping off our bags at left luggage, and grabbing breakfast at the nearby Kung Fu ...
  • New Year’s Eve At Saint Petersburg And The Hermitage December 31, 2016   I’ve been to nearly every single ex-Soviet state except for the mother of them all: Russia. That changes today.     And it wasn’t easy getting here. Recalling my first monsoon trip to Egypt, I also once again answered the call for emergency services personnel onboard my flight out of NYC, but this time actually as a doctor instead of ...
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This Is A Crisis. – Moments where I/someone/something failed at life and it wasn’t really that funny (at least at the time).

  • Tuned Into Tunis, The Ramadan Edition May 31, 2017   This morning was time to say goodbye to Malta.     ,,,And hello to Tunisia! Except for myself and Samin, this is everyone’s first time in Africa!     The recent travel warnings in Tunisia have been minimal at best, but due to the scores of tourists that were killed in Tunisia, both here in Tunis and at the resort in Sousse 2 years ...
  • Finishing The Trans-Mongolian: Beijing, China January 11, 2017   After yesterday’s shenanigans on 2 trains, we slept in for about 3-4 hours before having to wake up for a 7:10am arrival at Beijing Railway station, thus sadly concluding our Trans-Mongolian Railway journey.     After picking up our night train tickets at the ticket office, dropping off our bags at left luggage, and grabbing breakfast at the nearby Kung Fu ...
  • Crossing From Mongolia To China By Train January 10, 2017   After a bit of too much drinking on the train last night and sleeping in at around 2am, we woke up at 9am for the border crossing from Mongolia into China at Zamin Uud.     Although it was a lot less serious than the crossing between Russia and Mongolia, the process was similar: train attendants gave us simple custom forms ...
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“No Serendipity, No Story!” (WTF Moments) – The most wonderful moments in travel are the coincidences we discover with other people.

  • Flying British Airways First Class From London To NYC March 26, 2017 After a day of climbing some Edinburgh hills, my group and Alistair graciously saw me off at the bus station in Edinburgh.     From there I took an overnight 8:30pm National Express Bus #954 from Edinburgh to London, with the bus taking a half an hour rest stop at 1:45am in the morning.     As nicely run as National Express ...
  • Edinburgh From The Top March 25, 2017   Seemingly on an unrelated note, now that it’s spring break season the past month I’ve been working closely with fellow YPT colleague Alistair Riddell — who was aso our guide on our famously epic 40-person Cuba trip in 2014 — on a bunch of tours for Cuba. It’s been hard for us to coordinate, however, given our relatively ...
  • Through The Gobi Desert From Erlian To Hohhot January 10, 2017 After a quick and yet harrowing stopover in Erlian at the border between Mongolia and China, we spent the next 8 hours on the train passing the time by mostly eating, talking, looking out the window into the Gobi desert, and in depth soul-crushing philosophy.     The sun sets early in the winter at around 5pm:     We arrived in Hohhot ...
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Way Way Off The Beaten Path – Totally out of the box travel experiences; you won’t find these experiences in any guidebooks.

  • Turkish Airlines First Class & “Lounge Istanbul”: Best Airline Lounge In The World? June 2, 2017 As a frequent traveler, I have heard a lot about the supremacy of Turkish Airlines’ Lounge Istanbul at the Ataturk Intenrational Airport as one of, if not the BEST airline lounge in the world. So after a week traveling with 10 wonderful strangers, I was able to transfer 80,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points (that I acquired having the ...
  • Finding Carthage June 1, 2017 After a brief detour in Sidi Bou Said (and head to that post if you want information on the public transportation we took to get there from Tunis), we walked 10 minutes south along Rue du Maroc towards Carthage: the historic capital city of the ancient Carthaginian empire that was founded by Queen Dido. This very city ruled the Mediterranean ...
  • Detour To Sidi Bou Said June 1, 2017 To further prove how safe and tourist-friendly Tunis has remained, we booked a long session at the hammam at nearby Palais Bayram this morning. For a Turkish baths, mud scrub, and 30 minute massage, we got a great deal at about 120 dinars per person!     We spent about 4-5 hours getting pampered vegging out and drinking tea, before deciding to ...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Around The World. . . . – Some stories simply can’t be categorized.

  • Trakai Tribulations August 23, 2015   Today we had a late morning once again, with some of us checking out flea markets and wrapping up the last Vilnius’ old town. At 2:30pm we left for the bus station (a 10min walk away) for the 20min bus for Trakai.     This is where things got testy. When we asked to buy tickets (1.70 euros) for ...
  • From Tallinn To Riga By Bus August 19, 2015   After welcoming Josh last night to our gang of 15 as our better-late-than-never monsooner with late night drinks and showing off our shooting range videos, we headed out this morning to explore the local markets north of Tallinn’s Old Town. This is a large area right by the train station. While nobody here speaks a lick of ...
  • Escaping The Typhoon December 7, 2014   We’re not in the clear yet, so keep your fingers crossed until we reach Bali. And even then, I’m not sure if typhoons affecting even a single country may spread to the entire Southeast Asia region. For more drama, read on… On our third and final day of island hopping, we started off our morning with a ...
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