The most beautiful lake in the world
Sep18

The most beautiful lake in the world

The Pearl of Siberia It’s known as The Pearl of Siberia. Really, it’s the pearl of planet Earth. As much as I’ve traveled and as much as I’ve seen, only a handful of places have struck such a lasting chord with me. Lake Baikal, or “Ozero Baikal” as the Russians pronounce it, is one of those places. Holding 20% of the planet’s freshwater supply, Lake Baikal is the oldest, deepest, and among the...

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Some trips stick with you.
Sep03

Some trips stick with you.

How long does a vacation really last? There have been several articles which claim that the benefits of a vacation fade quickly after it’s over. While I’ve found that to be true for short, easy trips, I’ve also found longer and more challenging trips stick with me for far longer after I return home. I think that’s because the more difficult trips force us to think and to immerse ourselves in the experience...

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Breathing in Northern Asia
Jul22

Breathing in Northern Asia

A short story to cool you off It’s late July, North America’s just endured its worst heat wave of the year so far, and I can’t wait for things to cool off. If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you already know my affinity for cold weather. Otherwise, “The Polar Route” says it all. I wrote this in bed before I slept in Tyumen, Russia in February of this year. I took short breaks as I wrote,...

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Instagram Pictures from the Trans Siberian Railway
Jun10

Instagram Pictures from the Trans Siberian Railway

Instagram is home to many, many photographers whose work really shines and I’ve been a fan ever since I spent the time to really give it a chance. Unlike most travel/photography bloggers, I rarely use it myself. I tend to either shoot with my DSLR or enjoy the travel experience without worrying about taking even more pictures. Still, every now and then I make the conscious effort to bust out my cell phone and snap a few shots....

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What’s Your Favorite Country in the World?
Jun02

What’s Your Favorite Country in the World?

One of the first things I’m asked when people find out I travel is, “what’s your favorite country?” Most travelers I know can’t answer this question, and I never could either. There’s far too much awesomeness out there to pick just one place. And then I went to Mongolia. Mongolia is my favorite country in the world. Here’s why: It’s weird What can I say, I’m a fan of weird. I have...

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How to Travel on The Trans Siberian Railway
May28

How to Travel on The Trans Siberian Railway

Eight Days on a Train?! I had nothing but questions before I set off for my first trip on the Trans Siberian Railway: How do you spend 8 days on a train? Is it dangerous? What condition is the train in? Who are the other riders and what’s it like to share a train car with them? What are Siberian cities like? And on and on… Now, several months after completing my second trip on the Trans Siberian Railway and after a...

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