On the shore of Ko Pha-Ngan, Thailand.

Ko Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan Travel Planning

Tips and advice on planning your time in Ko Samui and nearby Ko Pha-Ngan; Ko Samui is a popular Thailand vacation spot, an excellent budget destination with a growing five-star scene, while Ko Pha-Ngan remains a backpacker haven.

Los Amigos Youth Hostel in Flores. Photo © John Barrie, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Tips on Staying in Guatemala on a Budget

Guatemala is a major stop along the Central American backpacking circuit, so it’s no surprise that there are a plethora of low-budget hotels to choose from, and most national parks allow camping. Expert author Al Argueta gives an overview on what sorts of rooms you’ll find and to look for to ensure your stay is comfortable.

Author Michael Sommers. Photo © Michael Sommers.

Moon Brazil 4th Edition and Ch… Ch… Ch… Changes

When I was asked to contribute an article to accompany the recently launched 4th edition of Moon Brazil, my editor suggested an update of sorts to a piece I published four years ago upon the release of the 3rd edition. As I reread the former post, the refrain of Changes, David Bowie’s existential hit of 1971, popped up and began unspooling in my mind.

Vietnam offers beautiful landscapes, such as this view of Muong Hoa Valley. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Five Reasons You Should Visit Vietnam

Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in the world. Thanks to its plethora of different people, cultures and landscapes, the region tops the to-visit lists of many travelers these days. Here are five reasons why Vietnam should be your first stop.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal.

Montréal on a Budget

Montréalers are all about having the highest standard of living for the smallest possible cost. Here are a few tips to get the most from your travel budget.