The Best of Bali

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Best of Bali Bathing Temple

Recently, I received an email from a friend. He and his wife–two spiritually enlightened New Yorkers, one a Buddhist dancer, the other a music zealot–were walking on a Balinese beach. They were on their honeymoon. Enchanted by the island’s beauty, they had failed to note the tide charts. They had walked around a headland and on their return journey, after watching the sunset, they discovered that the waters had risen. They were trapped. My friends spent the night on the beach, waiting for the tide to recede. In most places, this would seem like a misadventure. But after my travels to the island and recalling the island’s beauty and tranquil vibe, I knew that even in misadventure, they were enjoying the very best of Bali. Read more

The Five Best Things To Do in Vietnam

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The Five Best Things To Do in Vietnam

After I returned from Vietnam, I stopped by my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Queens, New York, Little Saigon. I was excited to tell the waiter, Alex, about my adventures in Vietnam, but instead, everything went wrong.

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The Best Things to Do in Philadelphia Sans Plan

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The Best Things to do in Philadelphia

As travelers, sometimes we feel an obligation to see things. I had been to Philadelphia before–once to run a marathon, another time to attend a wedding, and once more to eat a cheesesteak (more or less). On my most recent trip to Philadelphia, I felt like I should see the city, but I didn’t want to go through the trouble of planning anything. So instead of reading up on the best things to do in Philadelphia, I strolled the city without purpose or plan and gave command to my stomach and nose. Essentially, I wandered lost in search of great food (and also some incredible history). And luckily, I had the two perfect companions for wandering lost, my wife Marissa and her friend Jess, who could both audition and secure a place on the show The Amazing Race: The Quickly Going in Circles Series.

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Getting the Rub Down Across Southeast Asia

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Massages Southeast Asia

One of the highlights of Southeast Asia was getting good, cheap massages. One of the lowlights was when my wife got mad at me for being picky when selecting my masseuse in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

“Why can’t it be a man?” Marissa wondered, though she was clearly implying, Are you living out some sexual fantasy? Read more

The Best Things To Do in Ubud, Bali

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Babi Guling

Bali’s sun and surf wore me out. Even after applying generous amounts of sunscreen, I was roasted after my first day on the waves. A trip to the artsy town of Ubud, in the center of Bali, saved me from sun stroke. And I was able to understand why non-surfers planted themselves there for weeks or even months. Here’s a list of the best things to do in Ubud: Read more