As regular readers of GlobeSlice know, Portugal was the first destination I set off on when I began my long term travels.
Only 1-week removed from my previous professional life, I honestly had no idea what I was doing. Sure, I had done plenty of research on where to stay, what to do, where to eat (an important one), and viewed every “Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Portugal” post on the web.
But I don’t really think anything could have prepared me for exactly how stunningly diverse Portugal actually is. Read More
“Please, no pictures of me. I do not want trouble for what I am saying…”
Only an hour into my exploration of Siem Reap’s Cambodian ruins and things had already gone from calm and casual to disturbingly uncomfortable. A few seemingly innocent questions had opened the floodgates into some deeply personal territory for my local driver. A fresh wound that had yet to, if ever, heal.
One thing was clear though – it was time to put my camera down and just listen. Read More
Have I mentioned how much I loved my overall time in Myanmar yet? Oh, I have? Like, multiple times?
Well it’s all true. I found Myanmar to be absolutely magical and established a strong connection to this developing Southeast Asian country by the time I had left.
As is usually the case though, I still encountered numerous small hiccups and misunderstandings that I wish I had been better prepared for. So, continuing on with my advice from earlier in the week, here are 10 tips that I picked up during my time mysterious Myanmar. Read More
As you’ve probably picked up over the last few weeks, the time I spent traveling Myanmar was absolutely incredible.
There was one aspect that had me absolutely tearing my hair out though – long distance transportation. Or more specifically, trying to locate the information to even begin planning. In a country where bookings are often still filled out and logged by hand, finding up-to-date info isn’t always easy.
Looking at my travel schedule, there was absolutely no way to avoid it.
I’d already experienced the thrill ride that was the Myanmar train system, so a repeat trip was out of the question. The bus from Bagan was supposed to take 14 hours, with a transfer in Kalaw – essentially requiring 2 full transit days. This just meant that I only had a single option if I really wanted to check out the unique ecosystem within Inle Lake.
I’d have to take an airplane. Read More