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24 02, 2015

Ways to Exercise Creativity on a Flight

By | February 24th, 2015|Categories: Dharma Bum|Tags: , |

In an effort to master the Art of Traveling, one must always find ways to be entertained on long flights before reaching our final destination. Some destinations are a lot farther than others. Some flights are a lot more torturous than others. Not all planes or passengers are as delightful as others. The most ideal [...]

29 10, 2014

Should We Trust Budget Airlines?

By | October 29th, 2014|Categories: Dharma Bum|Tags: |

Should We Trust Budget Airlines? The common misconception from novice travelers is that using budget or smaller airlines can save you vast amounts of money in the long run. Although, it does have some substance, many unfortunate travelers have fallen victim of some quite hefty add-ons. These additional costs are not always things that are [...]

24 03, 2014

Renewed Inspiration

By | March 24th, 2014|Categories: Dharma Bum|Tags: , |

Today, I had the honor of meeting Dave Thompson, the founder of Dave's Travel Corner, the best and perhaps one of the oldest Travel bloggers. Don't get me wrong, Dave's not old, just that the internet wasn't around much longer prior to that,  duh. We met over Spicy Miso Ramen at Daikokuya on Sawtelle, with [...]

31 05, 2013

Noodle Town: China Town, Vegas

By | May 31st, 2013|Categories: Dharma Bum|Tags: , , , , , |

Jim Park and I explore "China Town", Las Vegas, Nevada, to learn about the Food, Culture and Neighborhood with AREAA Las Vegas Chapter members, Sherwin Escuanela & Michael Payne. Las Vegas's Chinese population began to boom starting in the 1960s and by the 1990s which grew to a population of 15,000 with the majority working in [...]

9 03, 2013

Should Women Travel Alone?

By | March 9th, 2013|Categories: Dharma Bum|Tags: , , |

Xenophobia: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign Recently in the Media, a popular topic has been whether or not women should travel alone. It's been an ongoing topic but especially recent with the news of the girl who was found dead in Istanbul, the Canadian-Chinese girl found [...]

20 02, 2013

Travel Essential: Noise Canceling Head Phones

By | February 20th, 2013|Categories: Dharma Bum|Tags: , |

One of the most thoughtful presents I received last year was a Bose Noise Canceling Headphone. I'm an avid traveller who ironically doesn't love the literal act of flying. But obviously love the destination, convenience, new experiences of traveling. These headphones really make the ride in the air a lot less dreadful! The few pet peeves [...]

23 01, 2013

Couch Surfing

By | January 23rd, 2013|Categories: Dharma Bum|Tags: |

Couch Surf. One Country at a Time Couch Surfing, in case you haven't heard of this phenomenon, is taking the notion of Backpacking the World to a whole other level. On Couchsurfing.com, you can find people all over the world (5 million in 97k cities) who are offering their couch, their space to travelers. Unlike [...]

21 09, 2012

Half the Sky Documentary

By | September 21st, 2012|Categories: Dharma Bum|Tags: |

Half the Sky Documentary Aires Monday, October 1 & 2, 9 pm!! Many of you have read this tragic, yet inspirational book on turning Oppression into Opportunities for Women around the world. Nicholas Kristof, NY Times writer and his wife Sherry WuDunn have made this Documentary that many of us have been eagerly anticipating. The [...]

25 08, 2012

Steve McCurry Photography “To be Human”

By | August 25th, 2012|Categories: Dharma Bum|Tags: |

Conversations are at the heart of what it means to be human. - Theodore Zeldin Steve McCurry Photography I found this photograph from my favorite photographer Steve McCurry who became famous when the portrait of "The Afghan Girl" was published in National Geographics in 1985. "To Be Human" Photography by Steve McCurry This [...]

26 07, 2012

August Jetsetting to Honduras & Spain

By | July 26th, 2012|Categories: Dharma Bum, Honduras, Spain|Tags: , |

  It's that time of year, my travel bug has activated beyond control in which no bug spray can diminish (c'mon, laugh! ha - ha). And so therefore, I must not fight against the wind and go with my heart, pack my rucksack and jet set. Or my preferable term, Gyp-set! Yay-ya!! I've gone on [...]