5 Great Ways to Pass the Time on a Long Flight

Here are 5 great ways to pass the time on a long flight that you won’t find on other websites. Mainly because these are all actually really bad ideas and neither I nor your airline nor your mother recommend you actually do. 1. Make your own movie. You’ve either seen the few good movies on…

A Fight with a Seafood Platter

I don’t really eat seafood. I’d probably go so far as to say I don’t like it. Occasionally I’ll encounter a calamari, squint at it, maybe even lick it, then order a burger. But for my birthday, my loving girlfriend took us to a well-critiqued seafood restaurant called Street and Co., in Portland, Maine. And because…

Hiking in Bear Mountain State Park

Hiking is good exercise. But when you live in New York City, to go hiking you have to walk to the subway – passing a perfectly adequate gym on the way – then take the subway to the bus station, then sit motionless and cramped on a bus for two hours, and then you have to…

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…

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…

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.

Bogotá, Colombia: What You Need to Know

Bogotá, Colombia is 2640 meters (8300 feet) above sea level. This means you arrive and get headaches, sniffles, nosebleeds, and you suddenly can’t walk up ten stairs without wheezing like a fat kid with asthma forced to run the 100m at school sports day. It takes some getting used to. While you’re walking up a…

Mishaps and Mischief on the Phnom Penh Waterfront

While sitting on a bench by a statue along the riverfront in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a man approached me. He was about my age, maybe a little younger, almost a head shorter than me, and he was grinning so much that I thought he must have a medical condition that meant he had to keep…

A Cast of Colourful Characters on Venice Beach, Los Angeles

I expected scorching heat. I expected fast cars and bikini babes. I expected Robert de Niro arguing with a homeless man about what his best role was — the homeless guy is rightly claiming Taxi Driver, de Niro’s argument is simply “Meet the Fockers is really underrated” and won’t say anything further.  But what I…

One Night with Cristina on Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam is one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World, alongside other greats like Komodo National Park of Indonesia, Table Mountain of South Africa, and the Great Majestic Gorge of Your Mum. I did a one-night, two-day tour, spending the night on a ship called Cristina. Here’s a photo…