Djenne was once an important stop on the Trans-Saharan route and was linked with the fortunes of the legendary desert city of Timbuktu.
While the world watched it on TV, I was caught - unknowingly - amid a massive cyclone that devastated coastal Bangladesh in 1991.
Crossing the deserts of Baluchistan in western Pakistan is a wild adventure, encountering nomadic tribesmen amid desolate spaces.
Traveling Syria in 1989, encountering classic Islamic hospitality on a bungled hiking trip to the desert ruins of Halabiye on the Euphrates River.
The 'Final Cut' of the Valli car advertisement filmed in the Litang region of Tibetan Sichuan by a Shanghai film agency.
A letter home from my time in Ainaro in the mountains of East Timor, living with a local family and working for the United Nations in 2000.
Amid the northern mountains of Ethiopia the historic capital of castles at Gondar was once known as the "African Camelot".
On the edge of the Sahara in Algeria, five ancient fortified villages in the M'zab Valley preserve a unique Islamic culture lasting more than 1000 years.
Encountering a traffic accident in Laos gets me thinking about death and near accidents in West Africa.
An offer of a new car for 3 months to do a paid road trip - to Tibet - happens, and then it involves a film crew! What next?
Our van life across China leads us to be invited to an all-expenses-paid trip to the Valli car launch event in the mountains of Morganshan.
Road-tested travel gear list with reasons why+ what to take on a 4 season backpacking trip traveling Africa, Asia, Latin America; based on my 30 years of backpacking.