Racism on the Road: 3 Friends Drive Across America in the 1960’s

by Al Hirshen In September 1961, two college friends and I picked up a yellow and green Ford taxicab in New York City, to be delivered to its new owner in Kennewick, Washington. Anyone who wanted to purchase a new or second-hand car in NYC, without having to pick it up in person, used a […]

Stories from a Lifetime of Travel: East Nusa Tenggara

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: Jamaica

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Travel Tanzania: On Safari in Selous

(This post appeared originally on MTSobek on May 16, 2016.) by Heather Howard As I bumped along giddily at the back of the jeep, whizzing through the largest faunal reserve in the world, I realized that a bucket-list dream had been fulfilled. I’d made it to Selous. The smell of warm earth and animal hair mixed […]

Hiking Across the Alps: On the E5 Trail

A film by Connor Callaghan. From Germany, through Austria, into Italy, two explorers hiked 120 miles, 16,000 feet up, and 18,000 feet down on the E5 trail across the Austrian Alps! {RELATED} How to Prepare to Hike the Alps {READ MORE} Here Be Dragons: The “Sacred Terror” of the Alps of Switzerland