Is there a place you’ve dreamed of visiting, but have yet to get there?

As a travel writer, I have been to countless beautiful places around Asia and the Middle East in the past 15 years. The problem with working in amazing places is that there’s little opportunity, time, or leisure to soak up the ambience. One passes through without really taking in what casual visitors are able to soak up. So there are quite a few places I have been to but never truly visited. I visited Ladakh in northwest India some years ago, but I never got the chance to visit Panong Lake, which lies partly in Ladakh and partly in neighboring Tibet. This stunning, high altitude lake can only be reached in the summer; one needs a special Inner Line Permit, as it straddles the sensitive Indian-Chinese border. I hope to make the journey one day, late in the season, just before the arrival of winter.

—Tom Vater

A Budding Travel Writer in Bangkok

When traveling independently for the first time, Ben Westwood visited Thailand, a country that encapsulates some of the best tourist experiences the world has to offer—as well as some of the worst. During this trip, he realized that travelers need advice from experts in order to navigate their way through unfamiliar countries, and he decided he wanted to be one of those experts someday.

The Making of Moon Living Abroad in Brazil

For Brazil expert Michael Sommers, the chance to compare and contrast his own expat experience with those of so many others was both unprecedented and revelatory. In this post he talks a bit about what it was like to consider writing a book for others seeking to live abroad in Brazil.

Money Matters: Exchange Rate Update

Money is everyone’s concern, especially when traveling overseas, and getting accustomed to foreign currency, knowing where and when to change it, and calculating what things cost can be challenge even when it’s a country you know well. That’s why paying attention to exchange rates is extremely important.