Year: 2013

Examining the Hind End of Vietnamese Cuisine

I never really meant to start something called Poop Chute Theatre. It just came to life on its own. I trace its birth to a quick stroll through Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City. I didn’t go to …

Travel in Vietnam – A Few Quick Thoughts

It’s been one week since I’ve returned from a two-week trip to Vietnam. Over the next few months, I’ll have a lot to share with you about what it’s like to travel in Vietnam.

Obviously, a lot of people have …

Insect Shield Gear – Great Holiday Gift Idea

I count myself pretty lucky to be an outdoor-loving character in a place like Arizona. It’s not 100-percent bug-free -- but it’s close. Mosquitos and other hungry critters don’t pop up very much in my dry, desert slice of the …

Slow Travel Movement – The Truth Path or BS?

I have a message for the Slow Travel Movement and the douchier-than-thou characters who comprise its most-extreme adherents: Worry about how you travel and bring your egos back down from Mt. Olympus.

Some of us can’t travel slow (By "some …

Why I Turn Down Guest Blogging Offers

Every week, I get several requests for people who want to do guest blogging for my site. I turn down nearly every single one of them. It’s been close to a year since I let someone guest blog here, aside …

How I Found Good Flight Deals to Vietnam

I haven’t said much about my latest upcoming trip. So here’s the news: This time, we’re headed to Vietnam. It will be our first time in Southeast Asia.

Sarah and I had some intense conversations about our possible destinations – …

Running Abroad – Our Travel Tradition

I’m late to the starting line. I’m cold. I’m disoriented from a trip that started yesterday – kind of – in Phoenix and left me 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

The pack for the Midnight Sun Run 10K …

The Worst Things About Living in Scottsdale

A recent tweet by Arizona Central, the online home of The Arizona Republic, got me thinking about the worst things about living in Scottsdale.

The tweet linked to a study about Scottsdale’s neighbor, Tempe, ranking 43rd in a list …

Your Opinion: The Best Hydration Packs

I’m looking for your advice about the best hydration packs out there.

See, my Camelbak MULE is ratty and old. It’s salt-encrusted and engrodiated. It’s missing a zipper pull or two. The cat may have peed on it for all …

Things to See and Do in Chile

South American elicits various images as we mull over the possibilities of travel; from the rollicking and sometimes risky streets of Colombia, to the architectural magnificence of Macchu Picchu, we often think we have our tour plans covered – after …

5 World Airports You Wouldn’t Mind Being Delayed In

Attention passengers, those flying on Aircraft BNE405 to Los Angeles, your flight is currently delayed. Every traveler has heard those words at least once throughout their life. Your mind flashes to what the next few hours might entail. A …

Flights from Phoenix to London – Beyond British Airways

At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, my home airport, the lone intercontinental flight is the British Airway 747 to London Heathrow. So that’s my obvious choice to London, right?

Well, not exactly.

Few people love British Airways. And it always …

Your Bike Frame – What it Says About You

I amazed a new mountain biker a few weeks ago. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t my riding that did it. It was a bit of trivia I shared – that you can actually buy a mountain bike frame made out of …