Stories

Get inspired by stories and reflections on travel as an experience, a lifestyle, and an identity.

How To Get High In Athens, Greece

There’s not much to mark the birthplace of Western democracy.

If it wasn’t for the rock-cut steps that led you to the top of this bare, low hill, and a few raised surfaces worn smooth by the passage of many feet, you’d see nothing - yet some of the most momentous decisions of Greek history were decided here.

Reflections on 20(?!) Visits to Dubai

I was in Dubai with a long layover on my way to Southeast Asia, which gave me some time to wander through the ultramodern metropolis and largest of the cities that make up the United Arab Emirates.

People often ask me if it's worth a visit, so I made a short video reflecting on over 20 (?!) visits to Dubai:

As mentioned in the video, I'm pleased to announce that the full itinerary for our Above Como: Hiking The Italian Lakes program happening in the fall of 2019. You can download it from the page directly, or feel free to send me an email or give me a call if you have any questions.

Your not-so-usual things to do in Egypt

First time going to Egypt? Of course you’ll visit the Pyramids and the iconic Sphinx in Giza, and travel down the river Nile. It’ll be foolish to skip those not-to-be-missed wonders; they’re some of the reasons why Egypt is one of the most visited places in the world.

Member Questions & Prize Draw Winners!

Let's talk about winners instead of winters, shall we?

I made a short video with some top questions that have come through our Member Questionnaire, including tours here in Canada, group vs individual tours, how far in advance we publish itineraries, have we been to all of the destinations we're going to before, as well as the winners of our prize draw:

Congratulations to the winners! If you were one of the lucky four, you'll be contacted by Veronica to claim your prize; if any of the prizes aren't claimed by next week's newsletter, we'll draw new winners next week.

Sake: What’s next for Japan’s oldest, most-loved, most-under-threat drink?

It’s your first time in Japan, and you’ve just sat down for a meal with some new Japanese friends. You’ve done your reading about local customs, so you know exactly how all this works.

First will be the appetizers, a gorgeous array of colors on tiny dishes, including the ever-present sashimi (raw fish).

As you nibble, someone will bring the tokkuri, a tall bottle, and a tray of small porcelain cups (sakazuki) - and into each will be poured a few fingers of Japan’s national drink, one of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages, a unique rice-based drink, a proud survivor of thousands of years of tumultuous Asian history.

What’s Your Soundtrack When You Travel?

It’s 2012, and I’m in a bus, weaving through the Italian countryside - and everything sounds wrong.

Outside the window, a patchwork of green fields undulates towards the horizon. Here and there villages rise from the plain, wrapped around the steepest hills, each capped with a church.

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