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Freewheeling: Lynette Chiang’s two wheel journey from cubicles to cuba
Freewheeling: Lynette Chiang’s two wheel journey from cubicles to cuba

All photos courtesy of Lynette Chiang I “met” Lynette Chiang after snagging The Handsomest Man in Cubafrom a New York Public Library bookshelf.I approach narratives about travels in Cuba with one part interest, one part dread. So many of them sound alike– careful notations of the author’s observations about old cars, rum, music, and the famed congeniality of Cubans.

Does Foreign Aid Do More Harm Than Good?
Does Foreign Aid Do More Harm Than Good?

Photo: simminchSome say yes, calling foreign aid a form of neo-colonialism that does not alleviate poverty, but in fact perpetuates it.I had a particularly privileged friend during high school—let’s call him Joe. On Joe’s sixteenth birthday, his father bought him a brand new Audi, a truly sweet piece of machinery.

Zombies: A Guide to Culture Shock
Zombies: A Guide to Culture Shock

What do the undead and the unfamiliar have in common? Why befriending a walking cadaver can make the world a nicer place.Spring had come early to the valley, the dewy sweetness of fresh grass on the air and a gentle sun above. My wife and I rested against the trunk of a brawny oak, and I traced her cheek with a dandelion.

The karma of Prakash
The karma of Prakash

Robert Hirschfield recalls a visit with a friend in New York that he met in India.WHEN I FIRST met Prakash in the small Shiva temple in Benares that he helped finance, he was dressed in a clean white dhoti and was talking to the temple priest about God, his face brighter than the murtis on the altar.

Do You Have A Death Grip On Your Travel Plans?
Do You Have A Death Grip On Your Travel Plans?

Kim Greene reveals why holding too tightly to rigid travel plans may hurt your journey.Travel is one of the rare circumstances in life that reveals something new about the traveler with each journey.Often, we begin with a preconceived notion of how we want to approach new experiences; how we want to encounter new places; how we expect to see the unexpected.

How do you cultivate your humanity?
How do you cultivate your humanity?

Whether you’re traveling or staying at home, there are steps each of us take to strengthen our humanity.Cultivating empathy might just be one of the coolest by-products of travel.It’s hard not to feel someone else’s pain when they lose a loved one, or don’t have enough money to buy food, or watch their heart being broken, even when your beliefs and worldview are completely opposite.

Five tips for beginning organic farmers
Five tips for beginning organic farmers

After years of dreaming about having an organic farm—or at least a huge garden—I finally have some land to plant, and feel daunted by all that empty space.When it occurred to me that a disproportionate number of my friends and acquaintances are organic farmers, I decided to round them up and ask for advice.

Eat, pray, love in Morocco
Eat, pray, love in Morocco

A country of four mountain ranges, two long coastlines, and desert, Morocco doesn’t need to try very hard to be diverse in its culinary arts, sacred spots, and romantic settings.Tasty CuisineRabat and Fez are the best places for serious culinary explorations. While Rabat is the most modern and comfortable Moroccan city, Fez is traditional and fascinating.

Budget Travel Tips You’ll Never Read In A Guidebook
Budget Travel Tips You’ll Never Read In A Guidebook

Well, maybe if it was a really good guidebook…Previously, I wrote about working abroad and I offered many helpful and practical tips (if I do say so myself).Now I am going to bestow some more financial advice regarding how to save money while traveling, but with one important difference – these are tips you’re not likely to read in any Lonely Planet or Rough Guide.

“Lifelogging” With Sony’s eye-tracking glasses
“Lifelogging” With Sony’s eye-tracking glasses

Sony’s new glasses prototype tracks and records the movement of the human eye.Actually, the device isn’t glasses, but rather an attachment that can be fixed on any pair of glasses. And the features? Both fascinating and frightening.Infrared LEDsPhotoreceiversCameraGPS/GeotaggingText recognitionThis thing doesn’t just record what you see – it records what you focus on, which is where it crosses the line from cool to a little freaky for me.

Working with the Deaf in Vietnam
Working with the Deaf in Vietnam

Photos courtesy of the author“Find a cause that matters to you, take a volunteer trip, and you will likely return a better person for the experience,” reflects Paige Stringer on her experience teaching hearing-impaired schoolchildren in Vietnam.I met Thien on the second day of my volunteer assignment at the Thuan An boarding school for the hearing impaired in Vietnam.

Lather Up With Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
Lather Up With Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

Rubbing soap all over has never felt so good.Taking a hot steamy shower is enjoyable. Taking a hot steamy shower and lathering up to Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Bars takes it to another level.Believe me.I’m an addict. I have seven of these soap bars sitting on my bathroom window sill, waiting to be used.