3 of the most interesting ghost towns in the world

There are countless destinations on this planet that compete for our attention as travelers, but few match the morbid appeal of a ghost town. From outposts in the wilderness, to hedonistic paradises that have been taken from us by nation states that love to play geopolitical games with each other, the stories of their golden days are as equally compelling as their ultimate downfall. We’ve covered the most isolated tribes in the world as well as places in the world probably never knew existed, so now it’s time for the most interesting ghost towns in the world!   1) Pyramiden, Russia Situated in…

Men’s Style Tips for Fall 2015

The chill days of autumn are here across most of America (except in most of Florida and in Hawaii, who you can cast an envious gaze towards … it’s OK, they’re used to it by now), and with it comes the need to don warmer clothes. Your cool weather wardrobe may be getting a bit dated after a few seasons of little change to your rotation, so if you are looking to update your look, the following men’s style tips for fall 2015 will have you outclassing your peers on campus, at the club, and at Thanksgiving dinner. Let’s get…

The Mexican Motorcycle Diaries Part 1 – My Solo Week-long Harley Road Trip!

If you haven’t noticed yet, I love Mexico. It’s one of the only places in the world I truly feel a connection with beyond the visual. From its food, to the amazing people to the almost unfathomable variability of landscapes and unique things to experience, Mexico is an unparalleled country in my opinion (and I get around…in a good way?) So after spending the last couple of months primarily based in Mexico City, I started to get the itch for a road trip, and on my favorite mode of transportation, motorcycle! When I first told people like my mom, friends, etc.,…

A Weekend in One of the Nicest Towns in Mexico: Taxco!

After spending almost an entire month in Mexico City, I decided it was time for a little “weekend getaway” action. So, I did a little research, sent out a few emails, and was lucky enough to work out a collaboration with the very helpful Tourism Board of Taxco to make a visit a reality. Believe it or not, the bus system and overland travel in Mexico is very easy, convenient, safe, and cheap. I opted for an Executive bus because it was at the exact time I wanted to leave, but the first class bus options are almost the same level of comfort and…

Getting High: Tips on Exercising at Altitude!

By Fitness/Wellness Contributor, Josh Cantor Traveling to high altitudes is always something interesting, especially for a South Florida boy like myself. Unfortunately, there are multiple issues to consider that accompany a change in altitude stemming from a decreased concentration of oxygen in the air. This obviously affects a person’s ability to be active, but can bring about serious symptoms such as altitude sickness (nausea, lethargy, feeling uncoordinated) and in severe cases, can even lead to fainting. I wanted to shed some light on how this happens and provide some tips on how to avoid issues when exercising at altitude on your next trip. It is…

Horses, ATVs and Tequila, Oh My! Going All Out in Guanajuato!

Before you think I’m a degenerate, renegade drunk, I only called this post what I did so that you would click. So, now that you’re here, mind as well stick around, right? While I did experience all of the things mentioned in the title, don’t worry, they weren’t all performed simultaneously! This post is a follow up to the one I did about the amazing state of Guanajuato in Mexico. While the first post was more of a feature about the actual city of Guanajuato, this post serves more to showcase all of the awesome adventure activities and experiences we got…

Mexico Beyond The Beaches: Gorgeous Guanajuato!

This past week, I had the pleasure of experiencing Mexico in a unique way – teamed up with the tourism board and a motley crew of travel professionals, tour providers and fellow media with the goal of showing the “adventurous” side of Mexico (yea, I’m not talking about running through Juarez naked with a sign saying “DEA”). The specific trip I chose was to the amazing state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, about 4 hours north of Mexico City. We then headed down to the southern state of Chiapas to take part in the annual ATMEX Adventure Travel conference. Guanajuato offers the…

4 Places in The World You Probably Never Knew Existed!

In a time where you can be anywhere in the world in 24 hours or less, there aren’t many places people haven’t at least heard mentioned. Well yea, sure, there are plenty, but what about places right smack in the middle of Europe or North America? Not so much. Here are 4 places in the world that you’ll probably go, “really?” to at least one or two of them. Enjoy! 1. Saint-Pierre and Miquelon Did you know there’s a little piece of France located just 25 miles off the coast of Labrador, Canada? Well, guess what, there is! And we’re not…

Exploring the Airport Graveyard in Bangkok!

When I was in Bangkok these past couple of months, I was looking for something interesting to check out after the wats (temples) were exhausted and I couldn’t sing anymore Karaoke. My buddy Ian Ord from WhereSidewalksEnd.com told me about something pretty cool I should go see, an airplane graveyard way out in the eastern part of the city. It didn’t take me long to decide it was something I’d definitely be interested in checking out as I’ve done quite a bit of urban exploring and enjoy rummaging through abandoned buildings. He told me where to go, and I was…

Why Thailand is Awesome – Markets! (Cicada Market Edition)

I’ve spent a lot of time in Thailand recently and it’s starting to feel like my hub. It’s just so easy to live here, get around (once you know how to that is), eat, have fun, relax, turn up, whatever! Thailand has it all. One of my favorite aspects about Thailand is its market culture. Before you roll your eyes (and I would too), know markets in Thailand are different than anywhere else in the world that you’ve probably experienced one. The last thing I need in my life is to buy a bunch of chintzy crap, crawl through an…

Ridin’ Dirty in Singapore..

This past week I had the pleasure of going on a pretty epic day-long motorcycle ride in Singapore. I’ve been hankering to hop on a hog for the past couple of months now that I’ve been mostly staying in Bangkok – where I wouldn’t dare ride one! I teamed up with Big Loud Rides, Singapore’s leader for Harley Davidson rentals. They offer private rentals, day rides as well as  longer organized motorcycle tours that they run through Singapore and Malaysia, which I’ve heard is the mecca for riding in South East Asia with fantastic roads and great things to see.…

Scuba Diving Around Beautiful Koh Phi Phi in Thailand!

So I’ve been spending a few days hanging out in Ao Nang, Krabi province in Thailand this week. The area is beautiful, punctuated by almost vertical limestone cliffs and mountains that run from the mainland right up to the ocean’s edge. Krabi is also very accessible as there is an international airport with direct flights to Bangkok, Singapore and a few other places. Given I just spent the time to finally get scuba certified, I figured I should give a dive a shot outside the loving sweet embrace of my instructor, Big Joe. I went to a couple dive shops…

Getting Scuba Certified in Beautiful Gili Trawangan, Indonesia!

I finally did something I’ve been saying I was going to for years now, got my open water scuba certification. I’ve been to countless places that are known as “dive meccas”, just to putz around kicking sand on the beach or snorkeling on the surface with scuba divers flipping me the bird 30 feet below…I had enough. Well, that has all changed my friends, because I am officially “licensed” to take my haggard ass to 18 meters below sea level, that’s almost 60 ft! Why have I been putting off my scuba certification for so long? I don’t really know,…

An Urban Oasis in The Heart of SE Asia – Singapore!

This is my 3rd time traveling in SE Asia, and every time I’ve seemed to just chalk off Singapore. It’s too expensive, it’s too developed, etc. were the excuses I used to tell myself in the pursuit of more off-the-beaten-path destinations. Well, now I’m older, and after traveling for a few months in the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia, I was craving a bit of order, acceptable amounts of traffic, fast internet, cleanliness, etc., and boy does Singapore deliver on all of those fronts. It’s truly an oasis in a part of the world, that is for lack of a better…

Staying Boutique in the Historic China Town of Singapore – The Naumi Liora

I had the pleasure of spending one night at the Naumi Liora Hotel this past week in the historic China Town neighborhood of Singapore. In a city that’s more famous for its gleaming skyscrapers and contemporary architecture, the Naumi Liora respects where it came from, but doesn’t miss out on what Singapore has become – a modern, discerning,  world-class city. The Naumi Liora is located at 55 Keong Saik Road, a traditional heritage street showcasing beautiful Chinese shop houses which have basically all been transformed into sexy hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and bars/lounges. What’s special about the street is that…

Kuala Lumpur – A Breath of Fresh Air in Southeast Asia

I just spent a full week in Kuala Lumpur (KL to locals), the capital of Malaysia and a true megapolis, home to over 7,000,000 people. Anytime I hear “capital city” in Southeast Asia, I automatically imagine hell. Concrete edifices hastily thrown up, brutal traffic, non-stop noise and sweltering heat. But, I’m very happy to say that KL was none of that. Locals will complain about traffic, but they just don’t know how good they have it. I would imagine most have never stepped foot in Manila, Jakarta or Bangkok if they think that. In fact, Kuala Lumpur was one of the…

The Hippest Hotel in Cebu, The Henry!

Located in Cebu City, Philippines, The Henry Hotel is truly something unique in a city that is caught between rapid no-rules growth and and a relaxed island vibe. This is my 3rd time in Cebu. Why the hell do I keep coming back to a place where traffic is even worse than in Manila, the streets kick up dust as motorbikes whiz by, trucks belch past and depressing poverty is squeezed into the spaces that the city’s wealthier residents aren’t occupying? I don’t know either, but I think it’s the people. The Cebuanos are the warmest people I’ve ever met.…

Does Boracay, Philippines Live Up to The Hype?

The most heavily marketed beach destination in The Philippines by both the media and the tourism board is the infamous, Boracay Island. Travel & Leisure even voted it the second-best island destination in the world after another Philippine island, Palawan. I’ve been to the Philippines three times, and every time, I’ve made an excuse to not visit Boracay. “it’s too expensive”, “it’s too commercial”, “it’s going to be like Ibiza”, etc. Well, after being in Manila for a month, I wanted to get away to try and do something new, and Boracay had my eye. I have wanted to learn…

Exploring The Bygone Escolta District in Manila

Manila, the Philippines was at one point known as, “The Pearl of The Orient”. It has a storied history of over 330  years of Spanish rule, 50+ years of formal American imperialism, a few years of Japanese rape/pillage and has been a crossroads of local cultures in Asia for millennia. This has influenced Filipino culture tremendously from their cuisine punctuated with Mexican notes (Spain reached the Philippines via Mexico on the Manila-Acapulco Trade Route), language (Tagalog is a mix of native words, Spanish and English) to their physical appearance which can range from indigenous to completely Caucasian. The most popular…

Riding the Mae Hong Son Loop on a Motorcycle!

good motorcycle for the Mae Hong Son Loop

I just completed the Mae Hong Son loop, a bad ass 600 km, 4 or 5 day road trip (depending how fast you want to go) in the mountainous province of Mae Hong Son in northwest Thailand. The route is popular with motorcycle enthusiasts like myself for its beautiful mountain and bucolic scenery, very well-maintained roads, technical passes and of course, nice places to rest for the evenings with cold beers and chill vibes. Most people start in the popular city of Chiang Mai (2nd biggest city in Thailand) as you can fly there easily and find multiple shops to…

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