Articles written by: Bryan Schatz

Border Crossings: Tips to Avoid Getting Jacked

Border Crossings: Tips to Avoid Getting Jacked

[mathess]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Overland border crossings are superb locations for scams, threats and disasters. They’re nearly always confusing. You may have to take two different busses, cross half of a river via ferry and then walk a long bridge (read: rickety plank) with a bunch of “officials,” some of which will undoubtedly [...]

Street Food = Delicious + Cheap + Safe

Street Food = Delicious + Cheap + Safe

[Marek Slusarczyk]/[iStock]/Thinkstock You’ll find the world’s most authentic cuisine in streets. It won’t be in five-star restaurants or four-course meals that drain your wallet and screw up the flavors of the country to appease your delicate Western taste buds. Denying street food means forfeiting an essential element of international travel. [...]

Asia’s Pugilistic National Sports You Shouldn’t Miss

Asia’s Pugilistic National Sports You Shouldn’t Miss

[Antonio_Diaz]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Not all national sports on the Asian continent are violent in nature. Take Indonesia, for example, where the primary pastimes revolve around fun loving racket sports like Badminton. If Badminton doesn’t strike your bizarre button, however, don’t worry, traveling throughout Asia affords many opportunities to both witness and participate [...]

Turning Vacations Into Journeys

Turning Vacations Into Journeys

[nevereverro]/[iStock]/Thinkstock The desire to travel is often fueled by the urge to do something different and unique with our lives. The daily grind becomes dull, we eat the same meals, we get up at the same time every day, we relax on the weekends (if we let ourselves), we have [...]

How to Add Pages to Your Passport

How to Add Pages to Your Passport

[gawriloff]/[iStock]/Thinkstock You don’t want to get to the Laos/Thai border only to find that your passport lacks the requisite number of pages for a re-entry visa. What happens is your friends go on ahead of you to have a fine time on some white sand beach while you wander around [...]

Learning Spanish In Latin America

Learning Spanish In Latin America

[Anson_iStock]/[iStock]/Thinkstock  I once accidentally told an elderly Peruvian gentlemen that his llama, despite being unusually short, was astonishingly sexy – an error that prompted quite a bit of confusion and resulted in my rather immediate departure. That was before I took Spanish lessons. I’d intended to mention the animal’s impressive [...]

How to Survive an Overnight Bus Trip

How to Survive an Overnight Bus Trip

 [Fuse]/Thinkstock You’re one hour into the journey and the group in the back is screaming and giggling and tossing back shots of cobra whiskey and trying not to hurl. You look out the window and see that you’re at the cliff’s edge, a monstrous drop that if taken would certainly [...]

5 Bizarre Festivals That Should Top Your Bucket List

5 Bizarre Festivals That Should Top Your Bucket List

[mark higgins]/[iStock]/Thinkstock   Nothing says spiritual purity like wrapping barbed wire around your body and then jogging in procession through five miles of firecrackers and smoke bombs. Indeed. After all, that’s what the holidays are all about. A time for expressing thanks, giving in to selfless devotion, throwing goats off [...]