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Personal — The South AfriKhan

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Farewell

Farewell

After 3.5 years living in the most beautiful city in the world and sharing my experiences as the South AfriKhan, it’s time for me to move on. Since I tried to make this blog a resource for anyone planning trips to the region, I’ll leave it up for the time […]

Society of American Travel Writers Gold Award

Society of American Travel Writers Gold Award

Last night I came home from dinner and saw a tweet that left me perplexed: apparently I’d won a Society of American Travel Writers Foundation 2015 Lowell Thomas Award, a gold for the category of Personal Comment. I had no idea how that came about or how I was nominated, […]

New York Times: In Estonia, a Hotel Keeps Its Promise

New York Times: In Estonia, a Hotel Keeps Its Promise

Are writers allowed to play favorites with their articles? If my Hyderabad story for the New York Times earlier this year is my favorite child, my latest story might rank second. Last summer I spent 10 days road-tripping through the Baltics, a journey that was largely inspired by one random […]

TripLit: What I Read When I’m On the Fly

TripLit: What I Read When I’m On the Fly

After my iPhone, my Kindle is probably my most indispensable travel accessory. I was a grudging late adopter — I mean come on, who doesn’t love the smell of a nice tangible book and the feel of coarse pages between your fingertips? — but it’s definitely changed the way I […]

Cape Town Goes Bollywood

Cape Town Goes Bollywood

Getting photobombed my Jaaved Jaaferi on my first time on a Bollywood set — not bad. Bollywood is no stranger to Cape Town — plenty of movies like Aashiqui 2, Welcome, Cocktail, and Andaaz took advantage of the Mother City’s mountains, oceans, and otherworldly sunsets. But more often than not, […]

New York Times: Returning to Hyderabad, Once a Land of Princes and Palaces

New York Times: Returning to Hyderabad, Once a Land of Princes and Palaces

If you only read one article I’ve ever written, please let it be this one. My second story in this weekend’s New York Times Travel section (the other one is my Frugal Traveler piece on South Africa’s Route 62) is one that’s very close to my heart: a Personal Journeys […]

Junk Food, Owls, Spit, And Boobs: A Random Assortment of Travel Memories

Junk Food, Owls, Spit, And Boobs: A Random Assortment of Travel Memories

I’ve always loved reading the fun questionnaires over on the travel site Fathom, so I was thrilled to be asked to do one myself. I mused on my preferred souvenirs (owls and junk food), weirdest experiences (being spit on in Jodhpur is high up there), and childhood travel memories (this […]

As Seen In… Fathom

As Seen In… Fathom

I have two Brazil pieces up in one of my favorite travel sites, remedy Fathom. Read about a beach break in Buzios (“Buzios is the Hamptons’ Sexy Brazilian Twin“) and a lovely colonial escape in Paraty (“Paraty, You Had Me Even in the Rain“). I also got to fill out […]

As Seen In… Yahoo! Travel

As Seen In… Yahoo! Travel

I’m the first to admit that whenever I go to India, I immediately turn into a baby, coddled by my family (my grandma won’t even let me walk to the grocery store two doors down from our house unattended!). It’s like I’m Peter Pan and Hyderabad is my Neverland, only […]