A Quick Overview of Santa Ana, El Salvador

Santa Ana is around an hour’s drive north west of the capital, San Salvador. Population: 375,000. It’s considered one of the safest places in the country (allegedly the most dangerous peacetime country in the world) and comes up in many lists of where to visit in El Salvador. However, Santa Ana itself has precious little…

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…

Cycling the World’s Most Dangerous Road

Back in June 2009 I cycled down what is supposedly the world’s most dangerous road, outside of La Paz, Bolivia. Presumably it was given this unofficial title long before roads in the Middle East were given the added challenge of IEDs. The road is known as Death Road colloquially or alternatively Yungas Road or Coroico…

Daytripping to the Dead Sea with a Jordanian and his Family

I was reluctantly forced into a hostel in Amman, Jordan, but I ended up doing a day trip to the Dead Sea with the hostel owner and his family. I say day trip, but Khaled assured me it’d be best if we left about three in the afternoon. “Too hot, too hot,” he told me…

Skinny Dipping With A Gay Guy in Las Vegas

My second night in Las Vegas saw me check into a hostel and go midnight skinny dipping with the fabulous gay guy on shift and the semi-hot Swedish girl who was hanging around for some reason. It was almost midnight when I’d managed to make my way, with my big rucksack, from the Imperial Palace…