Sometimes when faced with a difficult decision whether to partake in a cultural practice while traveling, I ask myself, “What Would Bourdain Do?” When it came to trying a traditional drink in India made with cannabis the decision was easy: Anthony Bourdain had drank it at that same shop.
Traveling isn’t always frolicking through fields in the Italian countryside, or living out childhood fantasies exploring ancient ruins like Indian Jones or Lara Croft. And though it would be nice if life always involved fried cheese and beer in Prague — life on the road isn’t always fine and dandy. Actually, I will rephrase that — life on the road can be much more challenging than …
Traveling from city to city in countries around the world by some sketchy mode of transport is nothing new. Driving three people on a motorbike was pretty easy. Hanging from the back of a songthaew wasn’t so bad. Hitchhiking in New Zealand? No sweat. But sometimes you take a ride in something and immediately think to yourself, “Will I survive this? Probably not…”
India is always a country I always hear described with one phrase: It’s a love and hate kind of country. And that is about as consistent as India gets. India, as I joked many times with different groups of backpackers, is consistently inconsistent. It is a paradox where the ugliness and beauty are hand in hand, where incredibly frustrating moments are followed by incredibly rewarding moments, where it is uplifting of the spirit yet depressing in the soul. Come read see the experiences I had!
It has now been a little over a month since the Rickshaw Run ended, and I am still cleaning dirt out from beneath my fingernails and trying to smell like something other than gasoline. It sticks with you, India does, and when you take a road trip, a lot more sticks with you as well. After the insanity subsided and we pulled onto that victory …
Hello Lost Ones, It’s been quite a while since I posted on the blog. Though, with a two-week long insane road trip around India, and then bouncing around India to places with non-existent wi-fi, and then throw in big tremors felt from the Nepal earthquake, getting any writing done has been hard. So, firstly, I apologize. The big goal while on the Rickshaw Run a …
It is here. The Rickshaw Run kicks off April 6th at 11am Indian Time and our team Teen Romanchak Yaar will be sharing the crazy Rickshaw Run chaos Live. Here is how you can be involved in the 2,700km roadtrip on three wheels and how to follow along every harrowing moment.
In 21 days, I will travel to India for the first time, and to take part in the Rickshaw Run — a 2,700km race across the country. Fear and doubt have set in, am I even ready for this race?
There is a reoccurring theme with my travels. I work my ass off for months to save and go away for months. But I always come back. No more. Here are my travel plans for 2015, and how I will reach them. After another 6 months of saving up waiting tables to travel again, I’m done with that routine. This year is the year I go all in as a traveler.
Travel dudes and dudettes, I have done some crazy things in the course of my adventures, and driven in some crazy places as well. But I may not have done something even close to the 2,700km Rickshaw Run. In a 3-wheeled tin can. This takes things to a whole new level.