Tag - travel

Reflections on RTW 2.0

“Hey! I know you!” A shocking greeting that came from a stranger somewhere on the Mongolian Steppe. “Yeah. You were on my flight. I remember you because the flight attendant poured wine on your pants and spent like five minutes cleaning it up.” Yes, indeed that happened. Then there was...

Reflections on Mongolia

This marks the 57th country or territory I’ve visited from the Traveler’s Century Club list and the 44th UN Member State. My desire to visit 193 UN Countries means it’s not often I am willing to visit a country a second time before completing my goal. But I can say confidently I...

50+ Hours to Nepal

Wow! That was a long trip. I’m finally in Nepal where it’s currently 12:35 p.m. on a Tuesday in Summer. Back in Antananarivo, it’s 9:50 a.m., also Tuesday, but in Winter. (Nepal is one of the few places on the planet that observes an off hour time zone. North Korea is also in that bucket...

Reflections on Madagascar

I’ve wanted to visit this country for a long time. And not because I’ve seen the movie, Madagascar. I haven’t. I’ve wanted to come because islands have always fascinated me and this is the world’s fourth largest one. It turned out to be a great place to remind myself of the...

Getting to Seville

Happy Independence Day from Seville, Spain (a/k/a Sevilla, España). Checking out this incredible city (probably my favorite city in Europe so far) required first getting here. And it took me a full 24 hours. After an overnight flight from Washington to Paris, I had a tight connection to...

What’s in my Bag?

Have you ever left something at home when you’re traveling? Terrible feeling, right? Well, the other day, I did it in a big way. I fly almost 200,000 miles per year and have developed a routine that works well for me. Every now and then, however, it gets messed up. Part of my...