Travels

Iran

A week prior to leaving for Iran I still did not have my visa and I was getting a bit nervous. This is a country that has had US sanctions imposed on it since the 70s and gets few visa requests from Americans.  I’m sure that my request was thoroughly vetted by the authorities and Read More

Myanmar

Myanmar has only, realistically, been actively promoting tourism since 2010, so now is the time to go before throngs of Europeans discover this jewel of a country. Arrived in Yangon and flew straight to Bagan, which is one of my top 10 cities. I loved this city because it reminds me of Siem Reap in Read More

Uzbekistan

“We travel not for trafficking alone. By better winds our fiery hearts are fanned. For lust of knowing what should not be known We take the Gold Road to Samarkand.” These are the final 4 lines of poet James Elroy Flecker’s The Golden Journey to Samarkand. Ok, so I didn’t make it to Samarkand, but Read More

Tajikistan

To get from Turkmenistan to Tajikistan I had to fly to Dubai, endure an 6 hour layover and then fly 3 hours to Dushanbe. Tajikistan is the smallest of the “Stans” in terms of population and definitely the poorest. This country has recovered little since its Soviet occupation. It’s uncanny how poorly the Soviets built Read More

El Salvador

800,000 people live in San Salvador, and it takes roughly 4 hours to travel the entire country from East to West on the coastal highway. A charming, off the beaten path type of country which is longing to be visited by tourists … except they’re scared away by MS 13-1 18th st. gang violence. I Read More

Panama

Panama’s capital city is Panama City, and it’s hot and humid here most of the year. After seceding from its neighboring country Colombia, Panama was established in 1903. The official language is Spanish, but many Panamanians are bilingual speaking a variety of indigenous languages, including Panamanian English, Creole and English. With both the Caribbean Sea Read More

Honduras

Honduras is known as the bad boy in Central America. And to be honest, with good reason. 1.4 of its 8.5 million inhabitants live in a lawless region. The capital city “Teguz” is paralyzed by fear, caused by nothing less than domestic terrorism. Rival gangs Mara Salva Trucha (smart trout), 13th and 18th street gang Read More

Columbia

The moment you arrive in Bogota you will smile as it’s a city with tremendous energy and vibe. I was escorted around Bogota and its surroundings by Nadja Grote who runs the company AlternativeColumbia.com. Bogota is absolutely choked by traffic which can challenge any visitor’s patience. Before visiting, its best to decompress and just enjoy, Read More

Bolivia

It took me about 4 weeks to get a visa for Bolivia, which I found curious, not realizing that US-Bolivia relations were strained. Here’s why they are; Evo Morales, Bolivia’s current president, started his career as a coca (cocaine) farmer, later rising to the head of the Coca Union. He later became a congressman and Read More

Venezuela

With the worsening relations between Venezuela and the US, I was concerned about getting a tourist visa to travel there.  I’m please to say that I received my visa the day before I left on my trip to Central and South America. I had to fly to Washington DC to fill out forms and then Read More

Jim's Mile Marker

UN Recognized Countries

193

Countries Visited

150

Featured Destination

Costa Rica