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For any real traveler, Israel is a bucket list destination. A crossroads of history and religion, the area possesses countless opportunities for both tourism and exploration. Granted, the country and surrounding area has a long been the home of political problems and violence. that situation has made many travelers reluctant to attempt the country. I confess, I put it off going for many years. That being said, traveling to Israel is now… Read More

Living out of a backpack and communicating to the world via cellphone internet taught me some things. A bunch of it was really common sense stuff, but some of it was stuff I wouldn’t have considered (until I found myself needing to consider it). Either way, this blog post is kind of dedicated to the odds and ends of traveling abroad. Not visas and shot records, but laundry and toothpaste. I hope… Read More

I was in Turkey back in the 80s but never really hit any of the major cities. Wandering around the deserts in the East made me want to return. And, after 30 some years, I finally managed to do so. Obviously, Istanbul was an absolute must-stop destination. So many different travel segments have been done on the city that everybody I know who travels has either already been there or just sighs… Read More

As the title eludes to the topic, this blog post is just a collection of things I have learned from traveling. I usually learned them all by doing. So, it seems like a bad idea, it was a bad idea. I find experience to be the best teacher. Here are some things that everybody should consider when traveling the globe. These ideas apply whether you’re 25 or 65. They are just pieces… Read More

Today was he first day that I needed to use my alarm on my phone. Every other day I have either gotten up early or just gotten up whenever. Today I needed to be on the move early. I’m outa Bangkok, and headed for the islands. Got up, packed the bag, scanned the room, checked out of the hotel, and made my way to the metro station. The metro was a quick… Read More

It seems that every time I am flying out of the Kuwait airport I get seriously apprehensive. I don’t know why. This is my third trip out through the airport, you think I would be over it? Guess not. I always envision crazy things happening. Problems with airlines or customs, some type of language barrier that leads to me missing my flight. I can say that, three times going, I haven’t had… Read More

And so, my Bahrain experience ends as it began. Waiting on a plane. I always seem to schedule the outbound flight too early or too late. Sometimes I feel I need to be pushing on. Sometimes it’s just the way the airlines work. And sometimes I think I’m going to be ambitious. I have ideas that I’m going to get up and do stuff before I head out, which almost never transpires…. Read More

Woke up this morning and wasn’t completely sure what to do with my day. The only concrete fact, I needed to be at the airport for a 1725 flight. So, I thought for a while. What to do. What to do. The Coffee Museum was closed on Friday, so that seemed like the place to start. I packed up the bag. Checked the room three times to make sure I had every… Read More