Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel
Lago de Siete Colores (Lake of Seven Colors) in Bacalar, Mexico

Click on title to view photo in large format: Lago de Siete Colores (Lake of Seven Colors) in Bacalar, Mexico is the country’s second largest lake. The jewel tone water of this 30-mile long lake shift throughout the day, changing with the angle of the sun and the weather, but in any weather visitors are assured of seeing at least seven different colors, ranging from the palest turquoise to deep indigo. The “lake” is actually misnamed. Because it is connected to the Caribbean Sea via a series of narrow marshy canals, it is actually a lagoon. The water is Read More

Neighborhood grocery store in Bacalar, Mexico, located in the far southern part of the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatn Peninsula

Click on title to view photo in large format: Neighborhood grocery store in Bacalar, Mexico, located in the far southern part of the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. With no supermarkets for miles around, residents of this tiny community rely on shops like this one for fresh produce and everyday staples. The town’s claim to fame is that it is located on the shores of Read More

I hate flying. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not afraid to fly, I quite like airports, and I’ve even grown accustomed to the frustrating security process. But the airlines’ ever-changing baggage allowance rules are enough to make my blood boil.

Considering that I’m on the road full time and have to pack clothes for all types of climates, I travel very light. My clothes and toiletries go in a 22” rollerboard. Even though it is carry-on size, I check it, because I also have to carry a good deal of photography and electronic equipment to do my job. These items cannot be checked – the risk of theft would be too high – so I carry them in a medium size backpack, which is my one free carry-on item.

Specialized features of the Global Travel Clothing jacket with hidden pockets

Specialized features of the Global Travel Clothing jacket with hidden pockets

Over the past few years, the allowable weight of carry-ons has changed drastically. Most airlines now allow carry-on bags to weigh either 10 kilos (22 pounds) or seven kilos (14.4 pounds). Because my camera body, lenses, laptop, and assorted peripheral equipment always put me over the weight limit, I am constantly stressed out when checking into a flight, scared that one day they will weigh my backpack and force me to check it.

I’m happy to report that I’ve finally found a solution, the Ultimate Everyday Carry Jacket with hidden pockets from Global Travel Clothing. The pockets in this jacket let me carry a wide variety of gear that I would normally pack in my backpack. Soft lined pockets keep items like phones and glasses from getting scratched, and include a built-in glass cleaning cloth. Additionally, a series of hidden pockets safely stash valuables like a wallet, passport, plane ticket, and keys. Read More

Nuns share a mid-morning meal at a nunnery on Sagaing Hill, near Mandalay, Myanmar

Click on title to view photo in large format: Nuns share a mid-morning meal at the Tha Kya Di Thar Nunnery on Sagaing Hill near Mandalay, Myanmar. Each day at 10:45 a.m., the nuns gather in the communal hall to sing songs before sitting down to eat. Their performance is open to the public, and donations are always welcome. After their brief concert, visitors are welcome to walk around the grounds and visit Read More

View from U Min Thonze Cave Pagoda on Sagaing Hill, on the opposite side of the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay, Myanmar

Click on title to view photo in large format: View from U Min Thonze Cave Pagoda over Sagaing Hill, located on the opposite side of the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay, Myanmar. Only a handful of monasteries and pagodas existed when this area was the capital of Sagaing Kingdom, from 1315 to 1364. Today Sagaing Hill is part of Mandalay, and the entire area is covered in nunneries, monasteries, and pagodas. As the area developed Read More

Weirawsana Jade Pagoda near Mandalay, Myanmar, is covered in jade pieces and slabs worth $15 million

Click on title to view photo in large format: Weirawsana Jade Pagoda near Mandalay, Myanmar, is covered in jade worth $15 million. Inside the pagoda, jade Buddha statues occupy niches facing the four cardinal directions. The government of Myanmar represents it as the largest jade pagoda in the world, and the only one in the world built entirely of the precious stone. The 75-foot high structure was begun in 2012 and only recently completed. Funds for Read More

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