March 26, 2016

El Paso: Where the Sun Keeps Shining

In the afternoon, when the light is getting softer, ride the Wyler Aerial Tramway and experience El Paso transformed into a place of magic and charm. Or drive through the city’s view deck on early evening to have a constellation-like view of El Paso. Relax for a bit and consume the scene before you. Or immerse yourself in the culture and history of this Texan city through museum visits and walks. To lessen your burden of looking for a place to stay,  here are five of the many affordable accommodations in El Paso.
March 28, 2016
12 Characters of a Good Traveler in Southeast Asia

12 Characters of a Good Traveler: Do You Have What It Takes?

I find it odd to write about this. Who am I to say that these are the characters that make a good traveler? After all, I am a flawed traveler myself, who bend rules once in a while—not wearing shoes when advised to wear one, for example. But with the boom of mass tourism, I feel that there is a need to remind ourselves that indeed there are responsibilities tied in the label “tourist,” “traveler,” “backpacker,” and what-have-you. What separates a responsible traveler from an irresponsible one? There are many factors to consider, but I think the following are the […]
March 31, 2016

How to See the Rainforest on a Budget

This post titled “How to See the Rainforest on a Budget” first appeared on Tailwind on March 31, 2016. Most people hear the word “rainforest” and immediately picture the Brazilian Amazon or the lush jungles of Costa Rica. Not surprisingly, trips to these rainforest destinations are priced accordingly: Everybody knows about them, so trips are in high demand—and that means they can drive high prices. If “visit a rainforest” is on your bucket list but you’re operating on a small budget, don’t despair. There are plenty of rainforests to see, and many of them reside outside the confines of the […]
April 2, 2016

Five Hidden Places in Chicago that Can Make You Say Oh

  Interesting would be too weak an adjective to describe the architectural delights, both imaginative and historical, running aplenty in Chicago. Imagine yourself walking around, stumbling across place after place that surprises and awakens your senses — places that can make you giggle, smile like crazy, laugh, squeal, or jump. Here are five of the amazing places worth checking out when you find yourself in Chicago.