We all travel for different reasons, but deep down I suspect that each of us is seeking something that we feel we don’t yet possess. It could be that our lives aren’t exciting enough. Or maybe we’re chasing adventure. Some of us run off in search of romance, perspective, or even danger.
So what is it that drives you? And how can you find what you’re searching for?
let’s find out
Darkness blankets the city as I make my way toward Mandalay station in the pre-dawn hours. I’m alone, but there’s nothing to be afraid of. Myanmar is one of the safest tourist destinations in all of Asia. The locals I’ve encountered throughout my journey have been all smiles. Besides, I know exactly where I’m going. I made this walk to the train station just yesterday to buy my ticket to the far-flung Shan State town of Hsipaw. $4 for a 1st class ticket on one of the great train routes of the world. Score!
But as I soon discovered, “1st class” doesn’t mean all that much. And danger lurks in unexpected places while traveling overseas. read more
It’s a metropolis unlike any other in Southeast Asia, a city frozen in time. Yangon at once dismays and delights with its contrast of extreme poverty set amongst a backdrop of charming British colonial architecture. You won’t at first recognize it as a city of 5 million residents. It has a decidedly small town feel. You’ll notice something missing. There are no skyscrapers. And no motorbikes! They’re nowhere to be found thanks to a citywide restriction. So as you might expect, traffic in Yangon is atrocious. Yet the people drive slow. In fact, they even seem somewhat courteous. read more