Gear Review: Wazzala Microfiber Towel
Mar04

Gear Review: Wazzala Microfiber Towel

The Pitch “Compact, extremely practical, super-absorbent and fast-drying. The Wazzala Microfiber Towels use the latest microfiber technology and are perfect for active people who enjoy sports, traveling, swimming and the outdoors.” – Wazzala My First Impression The Wazzala microfiber towel arrived at my doorstep in a small box from Amazon. A durably constructed, large (nearly 5 feet) but light towel (just 8 oz.), it fits easily into...

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Flyin’ Solo at Sandals
Feb05

Flyin’ Solo at Sandals

Sandals Grande Antigua I bet you’re like me, a traveler with a jones for the tropical getaway. So when I get the opportunity for a long weekend visit to Sandals and tell my friends about this good fortune, they ask – “what’s a single traveler got to do at a couple’s resort”? Good question. My reply – Conde Nast magazine didn’t award this resort a spot in its “50 Best of the Caribbean” for nothing, and Travel + Leisure certainly...

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Same Same, but Different in Bangkok
Nov02

Same Same, but Different in Bangkok

“Same Same — but Different” in Bangkok So goes the saying on two-thirds of the T-Shirts for sale… Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1 am After a long flight over the gerrymandered International Date Line my plane approached Bangkok at one in the morning (+1 day). Although I was prepared for the heat and humidity I’d read about, leaving the air-conditioned comfort of the terminal my expectations were not only met...

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Islas y Huacas, Bolivia
Sep17

Islas y Huacas, Bolivia

The harbor waters are still. Beyond this sheltered inlet a stiff wind whips the lake into whitecaps. I don’t much like choppy waters… Lake Titticaca sits just over two miles above sea level and encompasses 3200 square miles. This makes it the highest and largest navigable lake in the world. Shared by Peru and Bolivia, I sail these rough waters from the Peruvian side, headed for Isla del Sol. Although my destination is an island under...

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Constantinople, not Istanbul
Aug09

Constantinople, not Istanbul

Today Istanbul’s a vibrant and modern city built on top an ancient past. What’s the past beneath, you ask? Maybe you remember these lyrics from the early days of rock’n’roll: Take me back to Constantinople No, you can’t go back to Constantinople Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople Why did Constantinople get the works? That’s nobody’s business but the Turks’ But these lyrics are...

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith inherited the wanderlust and has always needed to see what’s around the next corner. In his college years he enjoyed many memorable (and cheap) forays into Mexico sleeping under the stars, but that’s all changed. Since 2007 he’s contributed stories and photographs to the digital magazine In The Know Traveler, and in 2014 he assumed an associate editor role with the same. Published both in digital and print formats, his...

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Inside Khufu’s Pyramid – Giza, Egypt
Apr30

Inside Khufu’s Pyramid – Giza, Egypt

Inside Khufu’s Pyramid in Giza The large opening just in front of me is the Robber’s Entrance, a hole dug by thieves into the north face of Khufu’s Pyramid. I give the guard my ticket and follow a gently sloping path to the narrow Ascending Passage. Into the Ascending Passage This one meter square tunnel into the Great Pyramid has been vastly improved since Pharaonic times. Today wooden slats line the slick granite floor...

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The E-EZY Selfie Stick/Monopod, a review
Mar24

The E-EZY Selfie Stick/Monopod, a review

Trying out the E-EZY Selfie Stick/Monopod The Pitch The “Newest selfie stick – with Audio Cable connectivity requires no charging or Bluetooth connectivity. It’s easy to set up so you can enjoy the freedom and practicality of the NEW EEZ-Y Selfie Stick. It is compatible with Apple iPhone 6Plus, 6, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4 with iOS version ≥iOS5.0 and Samsung, LG, Sony Smartphones with Android version ≥4.2.2.” – The Manufacturer My...

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Beltane Fire Festival – Edinburgh, Scotland
Jun25

Beltane Fire Festival – Edinburgh, Scotland

Beltane in Edinbugh Arriving for Beltane A deep Scottish brogue erupts from above, “Whit’s this – ah hear a Yank!!! ” As I’m likely the sole American present I stop and scan the crowd scaling this hill for its source. Seeing only unlikely candidates nearby, I continue climbing. Earlier that day I arrive by train and take time to wander through a town that two centuries ago was home to the author Robert Louis Stevenson....

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Then and Now — Abu Simbel
Mar10

Then and Now — Abu Simbel

Now in Abu Simbel, Egypt The Temples of Ramesses Uncovered From Cairo, I catch the early morning flight to see for myself the temples built alongside the Nile at Abu Simbel. These are the ruins hewn into a mountainside to serve both as a tribute to Pharaoh Ramesses II, but also a warning to ancient armies advancing up the river that a powerful kingdom lie ahead. Although a bit of self-aggrandizing propaganda, the perception they give...

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