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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

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

The Weird Things New Zealand Has To Offer

Ginger Beer Bar in New Zealand

Slowly it’s getting winter over here but the sun is shining every day. In Holland, I heard it should be around 30 degrees but despite that I am enjoying everyday here in New Zealand. Enjoying the kiwi culture and the country that has his own will, including some very special weird things New Zealand has. … Read More

Japanese Lodging: Try Something Different

Tokyo I love you!

Every country has hotels and hostels…what does Japan do differently? Just because Japan is constantly looking towards the future does not mean they have forgotten about the past. From traditional ryokan to modern capsule hotels and love hotels, Japanese lodging comes in several unique forms that I could not help but test out. The best … Read More

Nonbei Yokocho aka “Drunkards’ Alley” ― Tokyo’s Hidden Nightlife

Nonbei Yokocho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Translated as “Drunkards Alley” or “Alley Of The Drunkards,” Nonbei Yokocho is two parallel alleys in Shibuya, Tokyo full of miniature bars. Altogether there a grand total of around 50 mini bars here, although sometimes it has mistakenly been cited as having a hundred or more. Sure, the bars are small, but there is no … Read More

How To Get A Job In The California Marijuana Fields

Did I ever tell you about the time I worked on a California marijuana farm?

Worth over $2 billion annually, California‘s world-renowned wines used to be its number one cash crop. They’ve been surpassed — err…blown away — by the marijuana industry, which according to a 2011 report is worth $14 billion, a whopping seven times that of the vineyards! And it’s growing every year. Analysts at Cowen & Co. … Read More

Caño Cristales — Colombia’s “River of Five Colors”

The rainbow-colored Caño Cristales River in Colombia

Known as the “River of Five Colors” and the “Liquid Rainbow,” Caño Cristales is a multicolored river in a Colombian national park. Everyone has seen algae, that icky often green stuff that grows in water all over the world — but have you ever seen rainbow-colored algae? That is what happens for a brief period … Read More

The 7-Colored Sands Of Chamarel, Mauritius

7-Colored Sands of Chamarel, Mauritius

Ever visited the African country of Mauritius? It is an island nation east of Madagascar in the southwest corner of the Indian Ocean. It was the only known habitat of the now-extinct Dodo bird. And much like that ill-fated avian species, the colored sands of Chamarel are also unique to Mauritius. Nowhere else on earth … Read More

Perla del Pacifico: Mansion Turned Pirate Hostel + Private Art Collection in Costa Rica

Perla del Pacifico, Costa Rica

Located on a four-mile long sand peninsula, Puntarenas is a relatively small coastal fishing town that also supports a lot of tourism. While there we happened to stumble upon this magnificent mansion turned hostel on the northern shore, the Perla del Pacifico (which as you may have guessed translates as “Pearl of the Pacific”), the … Read More

Now Museum, Now You Don’t: Strange American Museums

Road sign in the Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, New Mexico, United States

I love checking out the random cool, quirky or confusing museums that I stumble across while traveling. Some are educational, others are laughable, but most all are enjoyable for their own reasons. The next time you pass by a museum, I encourage you to stop in and have a look around. Here are some of … Read More