Category: Modes of Transport

Bus Station Security

Bus hijackings in remote areas of Perú is apparently a thing. As near as I can tell, it happens once every couple of years. A pretty standard M.O. is for a passenger, who is in league with the hijackers, to phone ahead to his partners when the bus nears a...

Incredibly wide border crossing

Rio de la Plata, the river separating Argentina from Uruguay, is so wide that it takes two hours to cross by ferry. That’s not even to get you down river to Montevideo. The ferry simply crosses from Buenos Aires to Colonia, the closest major city in Uruguay. From there, it’s...

All Aboard the South American Chicken Bus

Travel by bus is quite common throughout South America. While I’m sure some have visions in mind of a “chicken bus”, the reality is the polar opposite. There are dozens of bus lines and most of them are quite luxurious. Far more so than in the US. I took a...

Is THIS more like the Egypt you were expecting?

The desert has a certain beauty to it. Perhaps that’s because I grew up in New Mexico. So I know how to appreciate the desert. One of the things that surprises many visitors is the openness, friendliness, and tolerance of Egyptians. My new friend Islam showed me some of the...

Oh, if only Switzerland were tropical…

On my way to Cairo, Egypt I enjoyed a nine hour layover in Zürich, Switzerland. The duration was deliberate. I had never been to Switzerland and wanted to get out of the airport and go see the place. Zürich is lovely! Oh how I wish the climate suited me better....

Metalheads Hyped on Acid Speeding Across a Playground Full of Children

It’s the video everyone has been asking about! While I’ve attempted to capture what traffic is like on a daily basis in Cairo, I don’t think there’s any way that a mere video can really do it justice. Compared to Egyptians, New York City cabbies are like grannies driving in...

Never have another lost bag again. (Hopefully.)

As a frequent traveler, not only do I belong to all the major frequent flyer programs, but I have the apps for each airline. I don’t keep them all on my phone. Rather, I add them when needed and remove them when not. Each time I add an airline app...

A trick to making it easier to get in and out of airplane seats

It should come as a surprise to no one that, outside of first class, airline seats are pretty cramped. In fact, they’ve been getting closer and closer together for decades now. The reason is simple: economics. The more paying passengers can be crammed into an aircraft, the more the airline...

Hiring a Driver vs. Renting a Car

I’ve touched on this idea once or twice before but let me expand a bit. I have a friend who is exceptional at finding certain types of travel bargains. I once found a rental car for $8/day. She found one in the same place for just over $1/day. That said,...