Destination Guides

Browse through the detailed destination guides I’ve created for all the more than three-dozen countries I’ve visited.

Nucleus of the Caucasus

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Spending three days in Tbilisi provided an alluring introduction to my larger Caucasus trip, even if it was ultimately anticlimactic

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The World, Two Weeks at a Time

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Think you need months and months off work to take an epic adventure? Think again.

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A Crash Course in Vietnam Visas

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It’s tempting to think of a Vietnam visa on arrival as easy and stress-free, especially if you’ve never been to Vietnam.

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Fairytales of Hanoi

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It’s tempting to create your Hanoi itinerary based on fairytales—I should know.

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The Truth About the Koh Yao Islands

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For most travelers, the question of “Koh Yao Yai or Koh Yao Noi” doesn’t register.

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Halong Bay for Fancy Folks

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I’m not sure the end result of a Halong Bay luxury cruise is any different than an ordinary one.

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Why I Trust My Teeth to Thailand

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The topic of dental work in Thailand is a complex one, to say the least.

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Is Cape Town Worth Visiting?

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Cape Town is a nuanced, sometimes complicated city—not black and white but shades of gray, or maybe a rainbow.

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