Panorama of the Week: Temple Gates in Trichy, India

trichy temple

Smack dab in the middle of Tamil Nadu in southern India is the city of Tiruchirappalli (say that three times fast), or Trichy (much easier to say, isn't it?). It boasts several famous Hindu temples, including Sri Ranganathaswamy (You can say that three times fast, too, if you like.)What you see is classic India: one part deep history of layered carvings and … [Read more...]

The Yin and Yang of Koh Pha Ngan (Or, Yes Virginia, There Really Are People Who Suck)

Dan with Tao from Haad Yao, Thailand

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. -- Ralph Waldo EmersonWe often share stories of ordinary people who humble us by showing resilience and kindness in the face of challenges. In doing so, we highlight the positive -- so much so that you might be thinking: “Do these guys only run into good people on their travels? Is the world … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Coffee Berry Hill at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

guatemala coffee

We have a weakness for coffee. But, like so many people, we didn't truly understand where it came from or who the people were behind the process. Then we took a rather adventurous drive along Guatemala's Lake Atitlan from San Pedro to Santiago and met these friendly guys shoveling coffee berries into 50 kilo bags for transport to the nearest coffee cooperative. … [Read more...]

Discovering Family in Argentina

Audrey and Oma

Q: What’s the proper way to greet family you’ve never met before?A: In Argentina: with kisses, warmth -- and a heck of a lot of steak.Earlier this year, with a visit to relatives in Argentina only days away, I received my first email in Spanish from my grandmother. This may not sound noteworthy, but the fact that she wrote it in her mother tongue transformed … [Read more...]

Our Low Tech Travel Gear of the Year

Dan with his Dry Sack in the Annapurna Circuit

These days, gadgets and flashy digital toys steal the limelight. And I'd be lying to you if I said we didn’t enjoy ours. But sometimes it’s the low-tech items that literally save the day.From the dollar store to the health food store, we go old school for a moment and highlight some simple, non-gadgety stuff in our backpacks that we’ve come to know, rely on, and … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Some Thai Beach Time

thai beach

Recently, we've been spending time on a beach on an island in Thailand. So you might be thinking, "They've gone soft."Perhaps.But we missed being near water and having the space -- both physical and mental -- that comes with looking out over long, wide horizons. There's a certain calm it affords, a certain clarity.Open up the panorama below to see why. … [Read more...]