Hiking and Backpacking

Four Days in Fairy Land, the Swabia Region in Germany

Four Days in Fairy Land, the Swabia Region in Germany

The Swabian region in Germany is home to the northern Black Forest, where the Grimm Brothers’ dark but fantastical stories find a perfect setting, and one can easily imagine giants and magical creatures roaming throughout. The landscape is dotted with quiet little villages that seem caught in time. Streets are not paved in asphalt but(…)

Ignoring the Touts in Chiang Khong, Thailand

Ignoring the Touts in Chiang Khong, Thailand

Sat underneath a fish market table in Chiang Khong as the sun rose over the Mekong, an ancient weathered Thai man dressed all in white began his early Thai-Chi routine with such grace and peace that one could almost have forgotten the dramatic, and relatively scary, events of the night that led into such a(…)

Failed Hike in Boquete, Panama

Failed Hike in Boquete, Panama

“There’s a really great path you can take up this hill,” she told me as we were standing in her driveway, the orange tomcat slinking between her legs like a toddler peeking his head from behind his mother’s knees. Accepting a second housesitting gig in the hills of Boquete, I was eager to take a(…)

Travels with Mumma: Inter-Generational Travel in Vietnam

Sitting on the top deck of a dodgy old tour boat in Lan Ha bay, swigging on an ice-cold Bia Hanoi, and lapping up the stunning limestone scenery in the hot, clear sunshine—a member of our group interjects on my utopian moment with the comment: “You don’t see many, if any, men backpacking with their(…)