Feeding elephants at an ethical elephant sanctuary

If you are anything like me, when you think about your dream trip to Thailand, you are thinking about splashing in a river while you frolic and bathe a grateful elephant. But please… Don’t. Do That. And please, for the love of all things wild, don’t ride an elephant in Thailand, or anywhere. Note: …

touchdown Jesus on a walking tour of the dark history of new oreleans

If you’re looking for a ghostly guide to the dark history of New Orleans, look no further than this self-guided, big-easy walking tour. But first: Why is the History of New Orleans So Dark? Maybe its the above-ground graves or maybe it’s the colorful history of voodoo and dark magic, slavery and rebellion, fires …

sidewalk eating

The food in Hanoi is – without question – some of the very best that I’ve had in all of Southeast Asia. Much of the culinary life in Hanoi takes place right on the sidewalk – from cooking soft-shell crabs to shelling sunflower seeds, to slurping noodles while perched on tiny, plastic chairs – …

Learning to Surf in Canggu

When I set out for the beach town of Canggu, just over an hour south of Ubud on Bali’s southeastern coast, I didn’t have a plan. My whole goal was to go somewhere new with absolutely no plan at all and to say “yes” to any (reasonable) suggestion that came my way. So, when …

Satay

When I told people in Thailand that my next stop was Kuala Lumpur, multiple sources gushed: “Oh the food there is the best.” So, naturally, the first thing that I did upon arrival in KL was to book a food tour touting the tastes of traditional Malay street food.

Our little group of food tourists had dutifully followed our guide, Fadly, to street-food stands and local haunts throughout the village of Kampung Baru, tasting satay soaked in peanut sauce, burgers wrapped in egg and doused in Worcestershire sauce, squid stuffed with sticky rice and palm sugar, and cow lung deep-fried and dipped in …