How to make friends in Halong Bay

What was originally planned as a picturesque and relaxing boat ride through the limestone cliffs of Halong Bay to escape Hanoi’s hustle ended up being a 72-hour, sleepless, raging good time that has claimed at least 5 years of my life that I will never get back. Halong Bay cruises consist of long travels by bus/shuttle, 14 hours on a boat, and oodles of idle time. In case you share this experience with a group of laissez-faire attitude party zombies, be equipped with the following pointers. Continue Reading →

I get around: ten non-traditional means of transportation

Getting from one place to another always proves to be an interesting and important part of the travel experience. So why not mix it up a little? This week we explore some memorable modes of transportation: planes, trains and automobiles have been excused from the list. (But parachutes, jungle trams and motorbikes made it). Continue Reading →

“Feel Good” Travel

With 2010 now behind us, we have five years left to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals to end extreme poverty. In 2000, when the goals were set, 50% of the world’s population lived on only $1/day. A decade later, these people are surviving on $1.25.

I called on the help of a few great travel writers, involved with Lonely Planet’s Blogsherpa program, to share some of their experiences with volunteering overseas and to hopefully inspire you to do the same. It’s not too late to add another new year’s resolution to the list! Continue Reading →