Of Backpackers and Tourists

All along the backpacker trail, you hear it. The talk. The chatter. The snarls. The attitude. That’s right. I’m talking about how backpackers feel about tourists. Backpackers view tourists as non-travelers – those who go for the pictures and the hotel, but never the place. Backpackers, on the other hand, consider themselves true travelers – they go for the cultural experience, to meet the locals, and to immerse themselves in faraway lands. Or, at least, that’s what they think. In […]

The Saturday City: Philadelphia

Home to the Constitutional Convention, the World Series-winning Phillies, swing state voters, and greasy cheese steaks, Philadelphia is an eclectic, historic, and quite interesting city. I’ve been there many times, since my family lives there. Family holidays to visit cousins were quite frequent when I was younger, so I got to know the city well. And when I was older, it was a stop on my cross-country tour in 2006. Philadelphia is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities. […]

Three Off the Beaten Path Places in China

China is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Its home to a rich culture, a few millennia of history, great food, significant historical sites, and over 1.3 billion people. Most tourists head for the obvious tourist attractions – the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, the Shaolin Temple, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square. While they are all amazing (and amazingly crowded), there is much more to China than these crowded tourist sites. China has amazing areas of […]

Unusual Place of the Month: Roswell UFO Museum

The truth is out there, and little gray aliens have visited the planet. Well, at least according to those at the Roswell UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico. Supposedly, on July 3, 1947, ranch owner Mac Brazel discovered a crashed flying saucer, along with several alien bodies. The military, at first, said it was a flying saucer, then later called it a weather balloon and swore everyone to secrecy. Many books have been written and TV documentaries have been filmed […]

Happy Halloween

Today is October 31st, and it’s Halloween—one of my favorite holidays of the year. Around the globe (mostly in North America and Europe), children are going door to door trick-or-treating, and adults are getting ready for a party or two. It’s a day for everyone to be a kid, dress up in costumes, and cut loose. Come to think of it, Halloween is my favorite holiday. So here’s some information on one of the most fun days of the year. […]

Interview with Lara Dunston, part 2

Continuing our interview with writer Lara Dunston, this week with discussing the future of travel writing, online tools, the nitty gritty of the business, and whether or not travel writing is actually any fun. Nomadic Matt: Chuck Thompson said last month that he thought travel writing was great but that you couldn’t make a living doing it unless you were someone like Bill Bryson. Do you think that is true? Or do you find that you can be just travel […]

The Saturday City: Vancouver

Located in British Columbia, Vancouver is the largest city in Western Canada and the third-largest in all of Canada. It is known for its natural beauty, as it is nestled between the mountains and the ocean. Vancouver is one of my top ten favorite cities in the world. Vancouver’s proximity to the ocean and the mountains provides for an excellent location: within minutes, you can get from downtown to the mountains or the beach. Vancouver is a dream for city-dwellers who […]

Seven Things to Do in Iceland (Why You Should Go Right Now!)

The world’s economy is crashing, and no country is feeling the pain of this global credit meltdown more than Iceland. The country’s overextended banking industry has collapsed, and the country has declared bankruptcy. Yes, I said the COUNTRY. The last few weeks have seen its currency completely freefall. The current exchange rate is 122 Krona to a dollar, up from 77 in May 2008. Compared to last year, you’re getting double your value, and the winter deals are making accommodation […]