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Colorful China: Exploring Xi’an, The Original Capital

Exploring Xian, the original capital of China

Sprawling highways with massive rest stops. Towering skyscrapers dotting seemingly every horizon. A never-ending feast of delicious foods and a sometimes perplexing mesh of ancient history surrounded by modern, well, everything. And all of it so damn colorful. Oh China! My first impressions of the People’s Republic of China were much more overwhelming than expected. … Read More

Exploring The Rock: Alcatraz Night Tour in San Francisco, California

Aerial view of Alcatraz prison, AKA The Rock, in San Francisco Bay, California

No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a tour of The Rock, the most famous former prison in the United States and one of the most famous historic prisons in the world. The island is a great day-trip however I highly recommend taking the Alcatraz night tour instead. Sadly, since I am not … Read More

16 Must See Places Before You Die

Breathtaking view of Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Everyone has a bucket list of things to accomplish in our lifetime, including exotic destinations to travel and see must places before you die. Those things that you’ve always wanted to do. What some people call dreams, you prefer to call goals. Why wait for tomorrow to fulfill those wishes? There is a universe full … Read More

Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India — So Haunted It’s Illegal To Visit After Dark!

The haunted Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India

Are you a fan of haunted places? Do you have nerves of steel? Well then, this place may be just for you — if you also do not mind being arrested abroad. Like all haunted places, Bhangarh Fort not far from Jaipur has no shortage of myths and ghost stories. However unlike other places this … Read More

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 Best Free (And Nearly Free) Things To Do In Dubai

Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is the world's tallest building and home to one of the top Dubai luxury hotels

Dubai is a glittering oasis in the desert, and an expensive one at that. Ever tried to take a photograph from the Burj Kalifa? Or to go skiing at Ski Dubai? Let’s just say, it’s expensive. But your trip to Dubai doesn’t have to be. Check out all these awesome free things to do in … Read More