conflict, disasters + the underbelly of life
The De-Militarized Zone is a 4 kilometer-wide no-man's-land, slicing the Korean peninsula in half. The DMZ is the tensest border on the planet.
While the world watched it on TV, I was caught - unknowingly - amid a massive cyclone that devastated coastal Bangladesh in 1991.
Encountering a traffic accident in Laos gets me thinking about death and near accidents in West Africa.
Fake police travel scam in Nairobi, Kenya. But were they fake police or corrupt cops? Read this crazy story and decide for yourself.
Visiting the Mother Russia statue at Stalingrad war memorial, site of one of the longest and most brutal battles in modern history, which saw Nazi Germany defeated.
Some days on the road travel takes a nauseous turn. My rant about dumb tourists and mass tourism in Cusco, Peru in 2002.
Traveling to the open-pit diamond mines of northern Sierra Leone, once land of civil war, brutal warlords, and "Blood Diamonds".
Entering a small town in Saddam's Iraq seemed a quiet and friendly experience - until a children's parade proceeded down the mainstreet.
Last night I dreamed a disturbing dream. And that nightmare seemed real the next morning - walking the streets of Kontum in Vietnam.
From van-camping over a lake and mountain panorama in Yunnan, to being sent to a quarantine area during the Coronavirus outbreak in China.
Visit the Hutou battle museum and explore the tunnels where the Japanese defenders of Hutou Fortress fought the Soviets for 11 days after the end of World War Two.
Surreal artwork based on my experience of being caught amid a riot in East Jerusalem during the first Palestinian Intifada in 1989.
Luxor can be painful beyond the ancient beauty - scammers, hawkers, gigolos and inflated prices. But it doesn't have to ruin your trip - try these tips!
Dangerous travel scams: My crazy story - and advice on how to avoid - being drugged by "friendly" strangers while traveling.
As I returned to Bangkok’s Khao San Road tourist district, I asked myself: Was this a freak day or is “the land of smiles” turning sour?
From the window of the bus, I watch 3 guys put a squealing pig into the cargo hold below, somewhere in central Laos. Is this cruel or?
In quiet Koh Kong on coastal Cambodia, there's this homeless - probably crazy - guy sitting on the pavement alone, and so I buy him a meal.
Transylvania is a cultural and scenic cinema. But thanks to Bram Stoker's Dracula, western imaginations - mine included - fly into vampire overdrive.
The shrinking of the Aral Sea is dramatic at 'the port' of Moynaq in Uzbekistan, with its cemetery of rusting ships - now stranded 170 km from the actual shore!
Exploring Anlong Veng - the ex-Khmer Rouge stronghold - on the trail to Pol Pot's mountain jungle hideaway, and visiting his pitiful grave.
New Year 2017 started for me in North Korea in Pyongyang. I went to North Korea by train from China, and traveled with a Chinese tour group.
Morocco: Below my guesthouse in the street, this - seemingly crazy - old woman erupts at workers on a building site. But what's provoked her?