For the first 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, northbound hikers have the Southern California desert to look forward to. It is only fitting that the trail begins in the desert, as hikers will need to be getting acquainted with how sweaty and uncomfortable they are capable of becoming (better
Planning ahead of time is a sure-fire way to ensure that things go wrong. Rarely does one formulate a plan and then proceed to flawlessly execute said plan (especially in the world of travel). My philosophy is simple: if you don't have a plan, then nothing can ever "not go according to plan"
To many people, the idea of traveling alone can be horrifying. Granted, plenty of things can go wrong while traveling solo (getting kidnapped, winding up in a foreign prison, having your organs harvested, being sold into slavery), but plenty can also go wrong if you're traveling in a group, or if
Worst airline food ever.[/caption]Apparently airlines (at least Austrian Airlines) are thoughtful enough (or afraid enough of Jewish wrath) to allow their passengers the option of a Kosher meal. En route to Israel, I had the good fortune of having been placed on the list of lucky kosher meal
PETRA, JORDAN - Jordan is practically synonymous with Petra, and Petra is practically synonymous with the Treasury; so, enter the transitive property, Jordan is practically the Treasury. Therefore, should you be visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, you should at least be familiar with this
I almost feel wrong saying it (as I don't want to give the impression that I am in any way discounting anything I did and/or saw in Israel), but the Dead Sea has to be hands down the most awesome thing in Israel. Before my journey to the Holy Land I had heard from friends, "Hey! You know you can
People come to Fire Island to do two things: to escape the horrors of Long Island, and to get drunk off their asses and make fools of themselves. Now these two groups are not mutually exclusive, but it's those from the latter who interest us today. Most of the steroid pumping misogynistic
Legendary world-traveler Mr. Rick Steves offers up some of his personal insights into different peoples of the world, and how through travel we can come to a better understanding of other cultures while learning from those different from ourselves.
If you plan on hiking more than 500 continuous miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, you are required to obtain a PCT permit from the Forest Service. You need a permit to go for a walk in the woods? Silly, I know, but you also need a passport to cross imaginary lines between "countries" - equally