How to Pack a Backpack for Travel After nearly a decade of traveling I have learned that packing small and light is the way to go; I stick to a carry-on sized backpack for the majority of trips I do now. The only time I pack more is if I am planning to camp,, Read More

Cologne Carnival Cologne is known to be one of the most liberal cities in Germany which is likely why the Cologne Carnival, or Kölner Karneval in German, is one of the biggest Carnival celebrations in the world. Since there has been continuously been more than one million spectators on the streets for Carnival’s Rose Monday parade each, Read More

3 Weeks in West Germany Aachen, Germany, is not typically a tourist destination, but in February 2012 I spent 3 weeks in west Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia to be exact, visiting my friend Clarissa, whom I had met in Paris the previous fall. Clarissa was attending medical school at Aachen University and I was busy finishing, Read More

A Quick Stopover in Ghent Click HERE to Read About My Trip to Belgium From the Beginning To get from Bruges to Ghent, it’s as easy as a 15-20 minute ride on one of Belgium’s excellent fast trains. Although we only had a day to get from Bruges to Brussels, and hopefully spend some, Read More

A Weekend in Belgium: One Day in Bruges I’ve always heard about Belgian beer, waffles, and chocolates and really wanted to visit Belgium to indulge in copious amounts of eating and drinking, while also seeing some of the historic sites. In February, 2012, I spent several weeks in Aachen, Germany with my friend Clarissa, who I met in Paris, Read More

Ella Click HERE to Read About Sri Lanka from the Beginning To get from Nuwara Eliya to Ella we caught the 9:30 am train from Nanu Oya. We also decided that since we had now mastered Sri Lankan bus riding, we’d take the local bus down to the train station to save a few rupees. All, Read More

I built my weekend visit to Hong Kong into my first ever Star Alliance RTW journey. Hong Kong has some excellent international connections and is a wonderful place to stop for a few days of fun, provided you can find an inexpensive place to stay.

One of the best groups of people I ever met was a group of Canadians and Australians staying at the Rising Cock Hotel in the Algarve of Portugal. I was extremely happy when I was able to reunite with several members of the Australian crew members for a week of celebrating the Melbourne Cup, Read More

Nimbin is a hilarious little hippy town in New South Wales around an hour’s drive from Byron Bay. There are a number of tours that do day-trips to Nimbin and that is how I visited back in 2007. Nimbin is more of a village than a town and it focuses on environmentally friendly businesses, Read More