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Top 5 Excursions in Krakow, Poland

Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland

Based on my experience visiting Krakow and its environs over nearly 20 years, here are my Top 5 Krakow excursions in and near the city. Some you’d expect, some surprises, but all are entertaining — and a couple are even worth doing repeatedly 😉 Top 5 Krakow Excursions   1.   Auschwitz (Oswiecim in Polish) … Read More

The Remote Chavayan Village, Batanes: A Trip Back In Time

Chavayan, Sabtang Island, Batanes

The tiny village of Chavayan is located on Sabtang Island, part of the Batanes region of the Philippines and permanently locked in a time long since passed. There is just one long and lonely road in and out of the village, which helps keep the village isolated. It is nestled on a thin strip of … Read More

The Hidden City: Machu Picchu “Lost City of the Inca”

Machu Picchu, Peru

Few people are lucky enough in life to get to see this incredible Inca treasure for themselves. Machu Picchu is not exactly on the beaten path, and certainly not somewhere that you can spontaneously bop down to for the weekend. It is a journey to get to, that is for sure. And that is one … Read More

Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur, India

The wall around Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Even in India, a nation that is flooded with cultural symbolism, history and numerous religious practices, Jaipur stands apart from the others. The city not only reflects the above mentioned practices but also incorporates a rich heritage of architecture, arts and crafts. Nahargarh Fort, perched on the hilltop overlooking Jaipur, is one of the obligatory … Read More

Ryugyong Hotel: North Korea’s Failed Attempt At Luxury

Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea

Nothing epitomizes the conundrum that is North Korea better than the Ryugyong Hotel in the capital city of Pyongyang. It would have been the world’s tallest hotel, had it been completed on time. Instead it has merely become yet another symbol of North Korea’s lofty ambitions and subsequent failure achieve them.   Ryugyong Hotel History … Read More

Random Travel Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

The view from an airplane window is quite nice. Nothing beats air travel.

Did you know that Europe is the only continent without a desert? Or that American Airlines saved $40,000 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class? Throughout my journeys I have learned a lot of staggering travel facts that will blow your mind — and now I’m sharing them with you. Enjoy … Read More