No meat, no soup? One vegetarian tries to find her way through Vietnamese cuisine.
To Koreans kimchi is more than just cuisine. It is a source of national pride, an identifying symbol, an all-healing health food.
Surrounded by monks, one carrying a large stick to whack anyone who moved, I had no choice but to accept it and sit still.
A non-spiritual traveler ventures to Gyeongju, a southeastern province in Korea that hosts Golgulsa, a Zen Buddhist temple.
Tripping and sliding through the West Papuan jungle for five hours was not my idea of a good time.
Hoping to de-stress and detox, a woman signs up for 24 hours at a Korean Buddhist temple.
The seasons of a relationship serve as a constant touchstone for connection during one person's travels in Vietnam.
A father and daughter shop for fish at a market, or pasar, in Sentani, West Papua.
Gabijim, kimchi and makgeolli: a special foodie kind of threesome.
If you see a line in front of a bakery, chances are there's something great within.
Sitting the next morning across from our adoption specialist, my heart knew first what my trembling hands still waited to grasp.
Nothing could prepare us for the drinking adventure that began when the bar owner pulled out a live, 8-foot-long cobra used to make wine.
A weekend spent at Fo Guang Shan, a 55-acre Buddhist monastery in a bamboo forest at the base of a Taiwanese mountain range.
I learned about my own humanness over those few days, how much I wanted to live, and how far I could push myself to live.
My guide asked me if I’d be interested in attending a sacred Hindu ceremony in Pharping, a town about an hour’s ride from Kathmandu, Nepal.
It's not every day you stumble upon an annual Torch Festival.
A tough meditation session reveals a clearer mindset and revelations.
Continuing through the market, our eyes widened — here was food we’d never seen before.
The mountain is Sri Pada, also known as Adam’s Peak, is the only mountain in the world to be venerated by four major world religions.
Travelers witness the traditional ceremony of giving alms to the monks, which begins at dawn.
I can honestly say that not once in my life did I imagine I would someday conduct a parent-teacher conference in the buff.
Sometimes unexpected twists and turns are best, like an invitation to visit a local in a small village in Vietnam.
Our expedition was a snow leopard conservation project to scout for signs that all was well in the snow leopard’s realm.
I followed 12-year-old Anup through the streets of Kathmandu, into a tangle of broken down, dilapidated apartment buildings.
Food and drink are perhaps the oldest and best way to connect with others.
Without this staple, we all would have starved. Rice was breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There is literally nothing like running in the shadow of the world's largest mountain.
A steady stream of seekers continued around the monastery’s perimeter along Pilgrim’s Way, turning prayer wheel after prayer wheel.
Half way between two countries going after a lost passport. Half way between two relationships as well.
The idea of a sail round the harbor was to escape the oppressive heat of Guangzhou, but which boat was it?
Taking a train ride in Myanmar in coach instead of first class where most of the foreigners ride.
An English teacher gets an invite to visit a student's grandparents' grave in South Korea.
I was hoping to meet some like-minded tourists on my foray into the Laos countryside, but I am the only one who has signed up for the trek.
I was thinking about doing something to mark the new year, as well, something that would take a little bit of courage.
My dislike of the touristy and love of the obscure found me seeking solitude on Phu Quoc island.
One woman hopes to spot a black gibbon, but instead has an adventure in jungle sounds.
Yukatas and kimonos are not the same, but they are perhaps equally confusing for a first-time wearer.
I choked on my chicken curry when Boupha told me she was 12. She looked six.
“He wants your passports,” translated our Tibetan guide. We jumped to attention and, with misgivings, handed over the documents.
Driving in Vietnam is an adventure in its own right, whether you're in a car, a bike or on a scooter.
Suzhou, China is known throughout the world for its exquisite private gardens, including Liuyaun or Lingering Garden.
Travels through South Kalimantan reveal a worldview that was instinctive and centered around nature and the river.
Ten days is the minimum amount of time to devote to learning the basics of what for some is a lifelong effort.
Here are 10 things you ought to try when you're in Kuching, Sarawak.
We were visiting the only primary school for miles, and looking forward to working with the kids, ranging in age from 6 to 8 years old.
An English teacher in rural Northwest Japan seeks peace after an earthquake and a relationship shift.
The first time I smoked a peach cigarette, I was wearing a dinosaur suit and sitting on my friend’s balcony in a Tokyo suburb.
A connection with a Hmong woman in a market turns into friendship.
Shivering in the dawn, we slurp instant coffee from bamboo cups and wait for the elephants.
A traveler from Seattle ventures up a mountain in southwest China to experience Tibetan Buddhism in its motherland.
Like most Indonesian women, Ibu Tina is not given to crying or complaining about her lot in life.
Mongolia holds none of the usual mental expectations of an adventure travel destination.
In Thailand, a traveler comes face-to-face with death - and the meaninglessness of "identity."
After being in the Philippines for only a few days, a woman sets out for a distant barrio to attend the wake of someone who has died.
Christmas in another country can show a lot about a local culture.
A left-brained and a right-brained traveler share a love for Indonesia and experience the beauty and the bounty of Bali.
We have been sucked into the backward world of Ban Cho Pla, a quaint village where time stands still.
Come on, girl: Think. What have you always wanted to do and never done?
Mojitos and a salsa club in Roppongi, Tokyo's racy bar district.
What makes Can Tho in the Mekong Delta so special is not the pagodas or historical landmarks. It’s the people.
Watch out for the scooters. Everyone uses their horns. A herd of cows slowly crosses the road followed by three small women swatting them.