Thai people objectively have the best names in the world. Thais get an official name, which is usually ponderous and old-fashioned, from the monks at the temple when they are born. This name is used on government documents and very formal situations. However, almost everyone […]
Bangkok is a polarizing city; visitors either love it or hate it. For many, the Thai capital is a necessary evil on the way to beaches, temples, or hill country treks, and is not a reason to visit Southeast Asia. I didn’t like Bangkok the first time […]
Most people are monogamous and have a regular who services them, but not me. You could say that I have no loyalty, but due to my peripatetic lifestyle I almost always end up doing it with a random stranger out of necessity rather than choice.
I wasn’t looking for a new favorite country.
Every four years, millions of Americans swear they are moving to Canada if the person they don’t support for president wins the election. I always find this funny, especially when conservatives say it (and believe me, many did with Barack Hussein Obama winning twice) mainly because Canada […]
Since I published the first bear spray story last year, I have had dozens of friends and strangers tell me their own stories of bear spray mishaps or send me links to bear spray accidents in the news. It seems that bear spray is used […]
I was naive. When I first accepted a job in the tourism industry 10 years ago, I thought that everyone was happy when they traveled. I imagined being behind the customer service counter having meaningful conversations with travelers about their experiences and connecting with people […]
The other day I was having a drink with a park ranger, a man who drove tour buses in Denali for 30 years, and a veteran of the Alaska tourism industry. The conversation turned to bear spray and the three of them recounted four of the […]