BANGKOK—So how does one travel around the world without taking a plane? Well, with a great deal of patience, for one. A tolerance for long bus rides doesn’t hurt. But none of that gets you across those pesky stretches of open water, known as “seas” and “oceans”. For that, you need a boat. And, Read More

HANOI—Hanoi! The very word sounds exotic, doesn’t it? I arrived Oct 15 after a—I kid you not—26-hour bus ride from Vientiane to Hanoi. And just as all happy families are alike, all awful bus rides in Southeast Asia share miseries. In this case, the points of common awfulness include: A long trip over bad, Read More

VIENTIANE, Laos—Well, I wanted the adventure of slow travel, and with the Vientiane and the bus ride to Hanoi, I got it. It’s been a while since my last post. I apologize for that, but I’ve been writer’s blocked something fierce, and have only now started to get my head around the month I, Read More

Time for another excerpt from my new favorite travel writer, Paul Theroux. In his book, ”The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road” he compiles much of the wit and wisdom of his favorite travel writers. Finally, however, he issues his own top 10 list of travel advice. It seems perfectly proper to reproduce, Read More