El Salvador: Waiting to Be Discovered

El Salvador is sadly the most neglected country in Central America, as many backpackers along the Gringo Trail tend to skip the tiny country on their way to Nicaragua. But after my visit, El Salvador proved that it has a plethora of beaches, volcanoes, delicious foods, and friendly people that put it in league with […]

Top Ten Rules for Chicken Buses in Central America

This post has been written by guest blogger, Dominic LeCroissette. 1. The more ancient and dilapidated the bus, the louder the sound system. 2. There is always room for one more passenger (personal record, 29 people in a 13-seater minivan), and it is possible to fit 3 adults on a seat designed for 2 children […]

Hello Bangkok!

My first day in D.C. there was a shooting across the street from the Mediterranean restaurant we chose for dinner, followed by a swarm of Homeland Security and Swat teams that surrounded the think tank building where it occurred. I had just moved back to the States from Honduras in order to attend graduate school […]

The Nature of Tourism and the Path to Sustainability

This morning, while sipping my hot coffee and surfing the hi-speed internet, I sit waiting for my brunch of homemade yogurt and fresh fruits, accompanied by a three egg omelette. I really could be anywhere in the world right now. Some boutique farm to table spot in a trendy part of NYC or Austin. Maybe […]

Toto, We Are Not in Kansas Anymore

Nicaragua was epically beautiful. Considering this, it fazes me why people even bother to visit Little U.S.A….er, I mean, Costa Rica, which is overpriced and stuffed like a turkey with tourists. One particularly epic spot in Nica is Ometepe, an island made of two volcanoes in the middle of a lake so big it appears […]

Backpacker Stereotypes VII: The Blogger

The Blogger. Most often heard saying something along these lines: “Wow. That was the coolest waterfall I have ever seen! I have to get back to the hostel to blog about it”. And yes, I am completely aware of the irony as I type this.

The Land Where Coca-Cola Reigns: Top 20 Things I Learned While in Honduras

A Few Valuable Things I Learned While in Honduras Clearly, the best way to attract a pretty woman is to hiss at her. If that doesn’t work, send an obnoxious smacking noise her way. If that still fails to capture her heart, say “I love you bay-bee” in the creepiest voice possible, while rubbing your […]

Backpacker Stereotypes VI : The Couple

We get it. You are in love. But try to stop being so damn cute, because it’s making the rest of us nauseous.

Backpacker Stereotypes Part V: That Creepy Old Guy

Mixed dorm rooms are always a wild card, and although usually a safe bet, there is always the rare occasion that you will find yourself on the short end of the stick. Consequently, some of you have been unlucky enough to find yourself sharing a dorm with “That Creepy Old Guy”. You have all met […]

Backpacker Stereotypes Part IV:The Walking REI Ad

Friends, meet The Walking REI Ad The polar opposite of the Christopher McCandless Wannabe, and consequently, usually a member of the The Itinerary Junkie species, this type of traveler is always prepared. He or she likes to think of themselves as the MacGyver of Travels, an Inspector Gadget if you will. You can easily spot one […]