The Hidden Costs of Budget Travel

Everyone knows that travelling in Southeast Asia is cheap. But, budget backpacking in the region is such a cliché that it has become far too easy for bloggers to oversell the point.

My Dirtiest Day in Thailand

Or, Our “Rumble in the Jungle,” Khanom Style*

So I had my first motorcycle accident last Sunday. It happened in slow motion. Literally. Just like my first and only car accident.**

3 Travel App Hacks

You don’t need a specialized travel app to make great use of your smartphone while travelling. Here are a few tips for taking advantage of that crazy-expensive device that’s always within arm’s reach.

The Incredible Pleasure of Going Back

Or, Why I Moved to Thailand

So, I’ve gone back to Thailand. I’m going to be a beach bum. I’m 10 years late on that score (and admittedly, I will be supported by a steady freelance income). But for the next two fiscal quarters, my social life will consist of hanging out at a beach bar with mostly twenty-something English teachers, ex-pats, and their Thai friends. And I’ll probably get a decent tan.

Writer and author Anosh Irani at JLF

Jaipur Literature Festival: 10 Tips for Experiencing the Greatest Literary Show on Earth

The 2014 Jaipur Literature Festival kicks off next month. For five days in January, thousands of people will gather at the Diggi Palace in the Pink City of Rajasthan to talk about books, ideas, and the world. I had the great fortune to attend JLF this past year and wish I could go again this year. If you find yourself in Rajasthan next month, here are 10 tips for making the most of the Jaipur Literature Festival.