Walking tour of Quebec French Canada: 5 Things You Can NOT Miss!

Canada’s Castle – Chateau Frontenac 5 Things Not to Miss in Quebec City! 1. Chateau Frontenac – top of the hill. In all the pictures… this is the big amazing castle. 2. City Hall and Parliament building and and the nearby Wall with various entrances to the old city...

10 Simple Tips for Travel Around the World

Planning for global travel can make a big difference in how smooth your trip goes when something goes awry. 1. Pack light – Avoid Check in bags, they are getting increasingly costly and can prevent you from getting on early flights, and can slow you down.  Even if you...

Mysteries of the Rock of Gibraltar and the Barbary Apes

  I love travel mysteries and Gibraltar has lot of deep stories that make it one of the most powerful, interesting and mysterious places.  It’s said that this place once held greek temple to Hercules and the caves inhibited by early man… maybe even the last hold out for...

Secret Destinations of Central America – Costa Rica

On my way to Panama, I had a delay getting out of Salt Lake City, which resulted in me missing a connection and Atlanta.  My ride to my unplanned hotel stay was with a pleasant van driver who asked where I was going.  I told him I was headed...

Nicaragua: Historical Gem in the Rough

Cathedral in Granada Nicaragua is one of the poorest/cheapest countries in the Americas.  It’s been an underdog for a couple of decades.  As a tourist attraction it’s easily overlooked for Panama or Costa Rica or Guatemala.  Many may not even consider it.  Nicaragua is really under the radar as...

Traveled Anywhere “Dangerous?”

I knew I had been to some sketchy places, but I didn’t realize in our small world that I had been to some of the most dangerous borders and places on the planet.  That being said, to a large extent dangerous places aren’t always what they are made out...

Finding Peace, Relaxing in Laos

Michael wanted to go to Myanmar, and I wanted to go to Laos.  So we compromised and flew to Thailand.  The wonderful thing about Thailand is it is a great hub.  The people are amazing, the food is amazing, the culture is very rich, and it’s very cheap to...

The Patron Saints of Travel – Who were these Wise men or Magi?

The church of the nativity is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year and is the most visited place in Palestine.  Christian pilgrims from many faiths come to see the place where the Christ child was born.  In the Manger district of Bethlehem, one of the oldest...

Joel’s Travel Highlights 2012

In some ways, I have ultimately travelled less this year than in the last 3 years, but in other ways I really made it count when I was traveling… from visiting new countries to building new communities.  This post is a cross post from my technical world and my...