Stories from a Lifetime of Travel: Indonesia

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel is a series that contains excerpts from a book which documents the lifetime travel of my friend and fellow wanderer, Al Hirshen. Each story offers a glimpse into Al’s experience living, working, and traveling in different destinations during varying time periods, from the 1960s until present day. This series revolves around a sense of […]

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel: Albania

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel is a series that contains excerpts from a book which documents the lifetime travel of my friend and fellow wanderer, Al Hirshen. Each story offers a glimpse into Al’s experience living, working, and traveling in different destinations during varying time periods, from the 1960s until present day. This series revolves around a sense of […]

Discover Namibia: Join Me on a 10-Day Excursion

The timeless country of Namibia is a land of contrasts. Home to 13 distinct cultural groups still enriched with ancient traditions, Namibia’s rich and colorful culture is a result of the fusion of German, European and South African traditions, customs and architecture. Namibia is Africa at its most authentic, beautiful and immense, and it is easy to see why it […]

Richard’s Pick: Best Airline in the World, 2016

Today, of course, airlines everywhere are scaling back, devising ever more ways to cut, condense, or charge customers for every amenity once considered standard. So, it is with delight I can report that one airline has gone the other direction, and is pushing the envelope of luxury, comfort and service in the sky, while at […]

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel: Morocco

  Stories from a Lifetime of Travel is a series that contains excerpts from a book which documents the lifetime travel of my friend and fellow wanderer, Al Hirshen. Each story offers a glimpse into Al’s experience living, working, and traveling in different destinations during varying time periods, from the 1960s until present day. This series revolves around a sense […]

Richard’s Picks: Best Hotels in the World, Fall 2016

The wisdom of the crowd is a beautiful thing, except when it’s not. When it comes to matters of taste, the pack tends to push quality assessments to a lower common denominator. That can be good when the bar is a best-surprise-is-no-surprise epistemology, but if you seek quality of a different metric…say, personality, artistic rendition, […]

Above and Beyond Alaska: Arctic Adventure Travel

A short film by Connor Callaghan about extreme adventuring through Alaska. Experience ice climbing, glacier treks, cave spelunking, arctic kayaking, beer and whale watching with ABAK wilderness trips and a small group of dedicated adventurers. Fill Each Day with Adventure Here’s a list of some day trips the group took and some information from ABAK […]

How to Visit Saudi Arabia

I recently returned from a 9-day trip through Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter. Learn how you too can go on take once-in-a-lifetime trip and discover a beautiful place so rarely visited by tourists. (This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosts millions of visitors each year, as the religious faithful […]

Al Hirshen Comes of Age in The Catskills

As a young boy I would run home from school every day to turn on the TV and drink in whatever show or movie was playing. It turned out all my favorite performers were veterans of the Catskills, Borscht Belt comedians, mostly Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews, who cut their teeth in the Catskills at resorts […]

Adventure Matters: Sometimes You Have to Eat It to Save It!

It is fady to kill a lemur. The punishment is ill health, and five years in jail. Madagascar, the planet’s fourth-largest island, floats 250 miles off the east coast of Mozambique in the southwest Indian Ocean. The Afro-Indonesian people govern their lives with a series of social taboos, or fadies. And a long-time fady, rooted […]