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Bill Bryson’s In A Sunburned Country

| July 12, 2009 | 11 Comments
Bill Bryson’s In A Sunburned Country

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door memorable travel literature threatens to break out.

Snap de la semaine: July 11, 2009

| July 11, 2009 | 3 Comments
Snap de la semaine: July 11, 2009

A longboat at anchor rests in the sand at low tide in Loh Dalum Bay, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. This picture was taken just a few months before the tsunami in 2004. We’ve forgetten the name of the resort in back.

What We’re Reading: July 10, 2009

| July 10, 2009 | 4 Comments
What We’re Reading: July 10, 2009

Each friday, Kathryn and I share those sites and articles that we are currently reading or have recently read. In this week’s “What We’re Reading”, we’ve compiled a number of articles discovered as we wound our way through the web.

Down and Out: Scammed in Ho Chi Minh City

| July 9, 2009 | 26 Comments
Down and Out: Scammed in Ho Chi Minh City

The city that bears Uncle Ho’s name is both delightful and disconcerting. HCMC is Vietnam on methamphetamine. The ante’s always up in this city.

Gary Arndt needs your help to get to Antarctica

| July 8, 2009 | 5 Comments
Gary Arndt needs your help to get to Antarctica

Travel blogger and photographer Gary Arndt needs your help to get to Antarctica. Quark Expeditions is searching for an official blogger for an Antarctic expedition. You can help Gary get there!

When to go: Timing your itinerary

| July 7, 2009 | 11 Comments
When to go: Timing your itinerary

I discovered that the start of my trip through China coincided with Golden Week. I had suddenly found myself in the midst of no fewer than 120 million Chinese on the move, filling seats in every plane, boat, train, bus and car available.

What We’re Reading: July 3, 2009

| July 3, 2009 | 4 Comments
What We’re Reading: July 3, 2009

Each friday, Kaythryn and I share those sites and articles that we are currently reading or have recently read.

Choosing a travel rewards program

| July 3, 2009 | 9 Comments
Choosing a travel rewards program

Starwood runs the Sheraton, W and Westin chains, among others, but its array of branded credit cards give you a lot more in the way of options for redeeming points than just hotel stays.

The lumpiest mattress in Penang

| July 2, 2009 | 15 Comments
The lumpiest mattress in Penang

It evoked memories of Alex Garland’s description of the Khao San flophouse in which his protagonist (Richard, later played by Leonardo DiCaprio) finds himself—except it was in Penang’s equivalent of Khao Sarn—down a sidestreet from Lenuh Chulia.

Happy Canada Day! Two Go Round-The-World site launches!

| July 1, 2009 | 3 Comments
Happy Canada Day! Two Go Round-The-World site launches!

On this day in 1867, Canadians bravely banded together and accepted the British Government’s bureaucratic restructuring of their provinces! Well not really. While popular concepts of rebellion are a lot different in a country like Canada (where no revolution or war of independence provided a precedent) the notion of rebellion does exist in our country, but perhaps not to the extent that it does elsewhere in the world, where we can find different perspectives on the legitimacy of violence.