August 2, 2013

Travel Wishlist: Bahamas

While my travels usually take me to the deserts of Central Asia or the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, I’m always craving a beach vacation (and thankfully will be headed to a beautiful Belizean caye in January to get my fill). One place that has been on my list for a while is the […]

August 2, 2013

Uzbekistan: Tamerlane’s Samarkand, Day 2

October 18, 2012 Tamerlane was a man of many talents. When he wasn’t conquering foreign lands and stacking the skulls of his enemies into massive pyramids, he was building his beloved Samarkand into an epicenter of architecture and culture. He did this by sparing the lives of artisans, engineers, musicians, poets, and scholars who lived […]

July 30, 2013

Planning the Perfect Maine Vacation

New England is one of the best travel destinations in America. Rich in history and full of beauty, the states that make up New England have a great deal to offer to visitors. For those who are willing to make the trip, it would be a shame not to visit what is perhaps the most […]

July 29, 2013

Uzbekistan: 289 kilometers on the Golden Road to Samarkand

October 17, 2012 (Yes, I partly stole that from a poem). So, anyone up for a trip to Kabul or Tehran? Another early morning departure, as we had a five hour drive to Samarkand ahead of us. Thankfully we made a few stops along the way to stretch our legs. First, the fish market in […]

July 27, 2013

5 Best East Coast Beach Hotels Never to Miss Out On

Do you love the beach? Do you love the east coast? How about combining the two of those ideas together? Lots of people head to Florida and the Carolinas every year, in search of that sweet vacation spot for their family. Keep in mind that not every single resort is going to suit your needs, […]

July 27, 2013

Goodbye Tajikistan. Hello again, Uzbekistan.

October 16, 2012 Goodbye, Tajikistan. It was far too short of a visit, but I’m sure we’ll meet again someday. The rugged Pamirs are calling my name… We were headed to Tashkent, where I had overnighted only a few days prior when I first arrived in Central Asia. The road from Khujand to the Uzbek […]

July 23, 2013

On to Khujand, Tajikistan

October 15, 2012 Another early morning wake up and we were off to Tajikistan. When we arrived at the border, it was completely deserted with the exception of a few locals just hanging around. The strange thing about this particular border crossing is that Uzbek and Tajik citizens can’t use it – it is only […]

July 15, 2013

Southeast Asia photos

I’ve uploaded the 1,500+ photos from my winter trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand here. A sample follows… Hanoi, Vietnam Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Mekong Delta, Vietnam Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam Choeung Ek Killing Fields & Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Phnom Penh, Cambodia Rural Cambodia Angkor Thom Temple, Cambodia […]

July 11, 2013

Photos from Central Asia (yes, finally!)

I’ve finally gotten around to uploading the nearly 2,900 photos I took on my three week trip to Central Asia. You can check them out here. Next up, my photos from Southeast Asia. And perhaps within the next 20 years or so I will find the time to actually write about these trips. Until then, […]

February 8, 2013

Uzbekistan: From Tashkent to the Fergana Valley

October 13-14, 2012 After 16+ hours of being stuffed like a sardine in a can (but with free German beer!), I landed in Tashkent around 10pm. It took two hours to clear passport control and customs, so I didn’t arrive to my hotel until around midnight. Instead of going directly to bed, like any sane […]

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