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Online Inferiority Complexes

Top 10,20,30 lists are all the rage in travel writing. It’s much easier to come up with criticisms of any list, than come up with the list itself. This being said, through my Huffington Post account, I stumbled on the following article. 30 Things Travelers Must See and Do Before They’re 30 It’s kind of a crock of shit … …

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A Trini’s ABCs of Travel

On all the travel blogs, The Travel ABCs is a sort of game going round the blogosphere, one of those “credential” post that travel bloggers make (like an accent tag on YouTube). I see it as a combined self-examination exercise and travellers’ curriculum vitae. A bit like my credentials for presuming to blog about travel to an unsuspecting public. I’ve …

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Travel blogging is hard … especially when you’re not travelling!

It’s a rainy day here in Toronto. It’s a bit bleak and I’ve been sitting at my computer working away for a couple hours. I haven’t really written anything related to travel for almost 2 months. Of course, that corresponds to the last time I was away on vacation or on a real trip. It’s ironic that going to Montreal …

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Hiking up Mt. Pinatubo

After three weeks in the Philippines, I’ve come to realize that there is a degree of hyperbole about all trips in and about the Philippines … or maybe it is that I’m a little immune to hyperbole. For instance … I heard that the hike to Batad was a difficult one and I really didn’t find it that tough. Going …

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8 tips for hiking Mt. Pinatubo

My tips for going up Mt.Pinatubo Take a change of clothes. When you hike all the way up, you’re going to jump into the crater lake. You’ll need clean clothes for the ride back. There is also a full shower, that you can use at the spa town and even get a massage after the hike. Bring multiple bottles of …

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Don’t worry – tips on being safe in Latin America

On my first trip to Mexico years ago, I remember my friends telling me that it was unsafe, full of drugs, hookers, bandits and that everyone would try to take my stuff at every turn. In Trinidad, the bandit copied the “Colombian” kidnapping habit, hence my Trini friends would tell me that they knew someone, who knew someone else who …

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Chiaroscuros?? Words you learn about while reading travel blogs …

Seriously, I never knew such a word existed till this morning.Chiaroscuro in art is characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects such as the human …

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