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That awful 3 minutes when I was robbed in Sicily

That awful 3 minutes when I was robbed in Sicily

I was recently beaten and robbed in Catania, Sicily.The highlights included being thrown to the ground by six young Italians who couldn’t manage to kick or punch through my grip on my bag; my wife having her camera bag, a recent Christmas / birthday / graduation / Valentine’s present, ripped off her shoulder; her screaming “Polizia!

That moment when every amazing place seems the same

That moment when every amazing place seems the same

It is midnight on Mindil Beach in Darwin, Australia. The air is hot and wet and carries the salt reek of the sea. Backpackers sit scattered on the floor of the parking lot outside their vans rolling cigarettes and giving each other massages.On this clear but moonless night the surrounding mangroves and palms are barely shadows, but we know them well; many of the backpackers sleep in them every night, as well as in caves or tents or under trees.

How fast can you slow travel?

How fast can you slow travel?

To some, slow travel means time. It means spending weeks or months in a place to really understand it. For me, slow travel is a frame of mind.In July, I joined my father for a week during his truck hauls to the US. I really wanted to go to Chicago, and luckily he was given an assignment in Indiana, so we’d be passing through Illinois.

Why you should stop traveling alone

Why you should stop traveling alone

You should stop traveling alone.Not because it’s dangerous. Your level of danger when you’re out in the wind has little to do with the number of travelers in the group and a lot to do with where you go and the choices you make.Not because it’s lonely. Solitary travelers meet other solitary travelers easily.

For National Read in the Bathtub Day: 5 interesting things you’ll never have time to read

For National Read in the Bathtub Day: 5 interesting things you’ll never have time to read

In America, February 9th is National Read in the Bathtub Day. Though I found this out recently, reading in the bathtub has been my favourite secret pastime since childhood (I have librarian relatives who would be very upset with me if they found out I was taking their beloved hardcovers into the bath and getting the pages all wrinkly).

Life on the Tibetan border [pics]

Life on the Tibetan border [pics]

Inaccessibility, both geographical and political, keeps many travelers from visiting Tibet. Those who do manage to make it to the “roof of the world,” the “third pole,” will pay for the experience: Between transportation, accommodation, food, and the hefty permit fee levied by China, US$500 is about as budget as you can get for a week in the region.