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Ayahuasca and the Transcendent Soul

Ayahuasca and the Transcendent Soul

[KalypsoWorldPhotography]/[iStock}/Thinkstock Some would consider it dangerous to trip out on an all-night hallucinogen primarily found deep in the Amazonian jungle that makes LSD and mushrooms look like a sip of alcohol. It goes beyond visions of jagged geometric color portraits to reach states of brain-swilling delirium deep in both the [...]

Culturally Conscious Travel (Through the lens of Vangvieng)

Culturally Conscious Travel (Through the lens of Vangvieng)

[khwanchais]/[iStock]/Thinkstock On the beaten-to-death backpacker’s circuit in Laos, there is a small riverside town named Vangvieng. It straddles the crystal waters of the Nam Song River and is surrounded by stunning karst monoliths that are home to numerous deep – and widely ignored – caves accessible via short hikes into [...]

Training for Long-Term Travel

Training for Long-Term Travel

[Boarding1Now]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Even the most seasoned of traveler can’t get everything right. They’ll come home from long trips abroad and have laundry lists of things they’d do differently. But the difference between a seasoned traveler and a rookie, is that their list is developed over time. Rookies find all their mistakes [...]

Tipping Around the World

Tipping Around the World

[mpalis]/[iStock]/Thinkstock There you are, seated around a table after enjoying a leisurely and delicious meal at a romantic spot. Perhaps meze at a nondescript restaurant folded alluringly into one of Istanbul’s many dark corners, or a weisswurst and beer at a solid slab of table in one of Munich’s beer [...]

Bussing It in Argentina

Bussing It in Argentina

[MBPROJEKT_Maciej_Bledowski]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world. Trains are more or less non-existent, car rentals are fairly expensive and domestic airfare is severely taxed for non-residents, which raises the question. How does one get around on the cheap? The answer is buses. Facts First, dispel any immediate [...]

Ann Karen Diaz-Nebres in the Dubai Miracle Garden

Ann Karen Diaz-Nebres in the Dubai Miracle Garden

Me and my Pacsafe bag visited the most beautiful and biggest natural flower garden in the world, the Dubai Miracle Garden”.. Travelling with Citysafe 100 GII is like a home away from home.

How to Protect Your Laptop While Traveling

How to Protect Your Laptop While Traveling

Just once I would love to know what it feels like to travel without dragging my MacBook around. Though I love the thing desperately, it’s always just one more thing I have to worry about. We’ve been together for five years and it has seen multiple continents, dozens of countries, [...]

Road Trip: Patagonia

Road Trip: Patagonia

[agustavop]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Patagonia is as close to the Wild West as anything in the world. Vast expanses of wild mountains, prairies, lakes and rivers just waiting to be explored. It’s a place where broken down cars can leave you truly abandoned and in serious danger. But that’s what makes it so [...]

Beauty of the Chai Stand

Beauty of the Chai Stand

[kshishtof]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Some people go to India for spiritual rejuvenation. They go there to meditate and do yoga and generally get all blissed out, viewing the country as a pure place to put the mind at ease and the soul at rest. This seems like an absurd idea to me. Unless [...]

Tour Group Considerations

Tour Group Considerations

[danchooalex]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Tour groups are the 2nd grade field trips of the adult world. Matching name tags, coach buses and pee-chees packed with carefully printed itineraries are the mark of the modern tour group. Many travelers avoid tour groups because they have a reputation of being restrictive and tame, but you [...]