Traveling to the open-pit diamond mines of northern Sierra Leone, once land of civil war, brutal warlords, and "Blood Diamonds".
CRAZY STORIES & TRAVEL ADVENTURES - Now in Audio
First impressions of traveling in Tehran - Iran, in 1990. Racing across the city in a taxi amid chaotic streets that seemed asking for accidents every minute.
Part #2 of story heading into outer Indonesia to Papua in search of my GF -Erica's, long lost father that she hadn't seen for 30 years.
Yemen is a fascinating country - no doubt. Get my crazy take on the travel experience and culture of Yemen from 2005.
Meet Daouda Diabate - a Baye Fall singer/songwriter from Senegal, who lives in an old military bunker on Goree Island offshore of Dakar.
Entering a small town in Saddam's Iraq seemed a quiet and friendly experience - until a children's parade proceeded down the mainstreet.
Musings at the end of an epic overland trip across Asia and Africa; broke and confused. But mostly, about how awful hostel dorms can be for a light sleeper.
To help people decide whether they're a comfortable drone, a freak in the system, or a burden to society, I've made a check-list to see if you're a Freedom Junkie.
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!
Touring San Pedro Prison in La Paz is to enter a brutal, surreal circus. My experience from 2002, before it became infamous.
Travel scams: How to avoid being drugged and robbed while drinking with strangers. My crazy story of being drugged, abducted, robbed, and ditched in Siberia.
The self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland is safe to travel. And while there's not much to see in Hargeisa, it is the gateway to this land.
A dental disaster when a broken tooth became a root canal and then a torturous extraction and a drugged high.
Transylvania is a cultural and scenic cinema. But thanks to Bram Stoker's Dracula, western imaginations - mine included - fly into vampire overdrive.
Get expert hitchhiking advice about what to do, how and why from a guy who's hitchhiked the Sahara Desert and from England to India, etc.
The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela remain one the world's least-recognized man-made wonders, yet in Medieval times they were known as “The Jerusalem of Ethiopia”.
Women with lip plates and killer warriors - yeah these Mursi tribe traditions still exist in Ethiopia. But today, the Mursi also pose for tourist dollars.
The ultimate zero-BS India travel advice. First timers often find it overwhelming but these expert tips help avoid problems, so you can enjoy India more.