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Istanbul Markets: The Most Vibrant and Lively City Attraction


Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city and it’s also becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. This may be due to the city’s amazing nightlife or its exotic atmosphere, but it could also have something to do with the always fascinating city markets. In Istanbul you have over 200 markets to choose from every week and strolling round these immense open-air and covered bazars is a definite travel experience. Istanbul’s Biggest Market If you’ve booked through one of the many…
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The Ultimate German Oktoberfest Road Trip


Due to the recent World Cup the streets in Germany are full of spilled beer, jubilant people, and an abundance of “prost’s”.  It reminds me of one of my favorite festivals of the year, good ol’ Oktoberfest.  For 16 days in September, starting on the 20th this year, Germany turns into one of the biggest parties in the world.  People from all over the globe fly in for arguably one of planet Earth’s top drinking holidays. German fans losing their minds. Photo cred: Bjorn…
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Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: John Cage and Radiohead


                              Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: John Cage and Radiohead   “Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord.” -John Cage  
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Falling in Love on the Road and the Wisdom of Bill Murray.


As traveler and travel writer I get interviewed and asked a lot of repetitive questions.  One of the questions that I get asked the most and one that so many travelers before me have written about is love. How does a nomad find his soul mate? How can you fall in love if you are constantly traveling?  Is it possible to live a travel lifestyle and have a long-term relationship? Well, I guess this is my two cents. There is no formula to love.  It happens when it is ready…
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Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Stanley Kubrick and Beck


                   Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Stanley Kubrick and Beck Mt. Everest, Tibet “The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply…
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The Traveler’s Eye: Presidential Kick-flips in Desolate Kazakhstan


The Traveler’s Eye is a series about the stories behind some of my favorite travel photography I’ve taken over the years. Last week I told the story behind a photo I took when I trekked past farmers in the mountains of Laos. This week I’ll tell you the story about some skateboarders I encountered ripping it up in front of the Presidential palace in Astana, Kazakhstan. Have you ever wondered what it would…
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