What is Dark Tourism?

Dark tourism involves going to places associated with death and tragedy, like former prisons, sites of natural disaster, or Walmart on Black Friday. It’s not a new thing – gladiator games in ancient Rome, public executions, etc. – but the term “dark tourism” was coined only in 1996 by two people at Glasgow Caledonian University….

Annoying Traveler Profile: The Wannabe Kerouac

You know the guy. He’s in your hostel dorm, shirtless, wearing a pair of Hawaiian-patterned board shorts, and he’s telling anyone and everyone he can’t wait to get “back on the road”. What “the road” refers to is an ever-changing enigma, meaning anything from an unspecified spiritual place where profound soul-searching happens and existential crises are explored…

Chapel of Bones day trip

We were in Prague searching for things to do, when we found something that said “a church made entirely of human bones”. That was it. We were sold. Next day, we met the guide in Prague’s Old Town Square, along with 10-12 other people with an interest in the aesthetic and architectural possibilities of human bone. The…

Ever Wondered How to Sit in a Kayak Properly? We Can Help

Look, the simple fact is we don’t all have time to become experts in the operation of personal aquatic vessels. If you do, congratulations. Pat yourself on your smug little back and move on to another article. This guide is for those of us who lead more balanced lives and we don’t need your sneering. As for the…

The Best Mobile Carrier for Travel? Project Fi.

Project Fi from Google is by far the best mobile carrier for regular travelers. Why? They have the same $10 per GB cost in 120 different countries. That’s a standard data price, but normally when you go abroad, it costs about $12 per tweet you look at and uploading an Instagram photo requires remortgaging your house. With…

The Most Important Battle in History

“Do you know what the most important battle in history was?” asked our walking guide, George. It was March and it was cold and damp and we were in Athens, learning about Greek history, of which there is a lot. “I don’t know, but did the Greeks win it?” said someone annoyingly. We all glared at…

Snorkelling with Sharks in Belize with People Who Can’t Swim

If you couldn’t swim, like literally you had never been in water before, would you go snorkelling with sharks in the sea off the coast of a strange country? That’s not rhetorical. I’d like your opinions please. Anyway, I went to Belize, specifically the island of Caye Caulker, and I went snorkelling with sharks with…

Tōdai-ji Temple Complex in Nara, Japan

It strikes me as quite peculiar that the largest wooden building in the world* – Great Buddha Hall, at the centre of the Tōdai-ji Complex in Nara, Japan – has burnt down twice. Twice. Maybe you think that would be expected, given that on a list of flammable things, wood ranks just below a factory that…

The 15 stages of playing Las Vegas blackjack

Here are the 15 stages I went through when playing blackjack in Las Vegas. How do I play again? Okay, that round didn’t count. I think I get the hang of it now. Did I win? I think I won, didn’t I? I’m still winning? This is so easy. Why aren’t you guys winning too? Why…

What’s It Like Living in Manhattan?

Hello friends, I just wanted to write and tell you that my apartment in Manhattan is on the ground floor, facing out to the street, and quite often people walk past the window and we make very awkward eye contact.

DHL Have My Passport And Won’t Give It Back

I’m not sure what “DHL” stands for, but I think it could be “Deliveries? Haha, Lol.” Since 1969, DHL has been moving packages from Point A to point B, presumably with some success since they’re the largest logistics company in the world. Yet somehow they’ve managed it with a website that tells you no useful info about…

So, Just How Great Are Bullet Trains Anyway? Spoiler: Very.

Let’s play a game. Name a thing that this describes: hard, shiny, powerful, intimidating in length, takes your breath away when you ride it. Thought of something? Okay, now open the back of the book and look at the answer section. There are two acceptable answers: 1. A Japanese shinkansen train. 2. Your idea of a perfect…