Driving on the right wrong side of the road

Can you recall the horror when you drove for the first time on a left side traffic road and a big pickup truck suddenly emerges around the bend occupying what was supposedly your side of the road? Cars travel on the left side of the road at St. Kitts, Caribbean Islands. If you grew up and lived all your life in right-side traffic countries, it's a nerve-wracking experience. It's terrifying if you are…

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Of bikini strings and wardrobe malfunctions

The next thing I knew, my bikini strings got loose and started to dangle down my thigh. There were no restrooms around and I wasn't about to just go into any restroom so I tried to ignore it Wardrobe mishaps that occur while traveling comes in all forms and locations, and hits you just when you don't expect it. One that stays in my memory forever happened in Bangkok, Thailand late one afternoon.…

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Crossing time zones and the confusion it brings

If there’s one thing I miss most after the Corona Virus literally closed airports and cut off traveling to different places early this year, it’s that feeling of confusion you get after crossing different time zones.

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Language Barriers

Street shot of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. Language barrier is one of the biggest challenges in traveling, but it also provides some of the funniest and most unforgettable experiences anywhere you go. One time I joined a group of strangers in northern Thailand for a day trip to the Great Triangle, the border between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. The trip included a short boat trip across the famous Mekong Delta to Don Sao…

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And more hotel tales

Time froze, and from my upside-down view, I saw a guy staring at me with his key suspended in his hand and his mouth hanging open in total shock. Everyone has hotel stories to tell, and they all vary from funny to embarrassing to unforgettable. I was staying in a hotel at the heart of Kuala Lumpur one time and my room was on the 14th floor close to the elevators. The room…

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Hostel Tales

When you were just on the verge of sleep in a strange hostel and a stranger wakes you up and asks you if you want to join them and he was totally naked except for a towel around his waist, that's a whole different story. I have a love-hate relationship with hotels. I'm never comfortable sleeping in somebody else's bed and using someone else's bathroom but traveling leaves you no choice most of…

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Lost in Translation

Sunset view over Mekong Delta from Saigon bridge. Language is always one of the barriers you have to deal with when traveling, especially in areas where English is not widely spoken. From the airport and on Your troubles will start from trying to get a ride from the airport to getting around to wherever you're going. I was in a taxi with a friend late one afternoon in Ho Chi Minh City in…

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