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Oct 13th 2011 1:24PM Hi Laurel. I really enjoyed the post and as someone who is obsessed with food and that obsession fuels most of my travels (as a connector, as a learning experience, as an understanding of food safety and how relevant it is to all of us, etc), I really dislike the term foodie. I remember going to a conference and there was a food track where people said things like "foraging for food is SO trendy in ___ city right now. Foodies there love foraging" And I had just come back from Southeast Asia and it was a shock to the system to see this frothing at the mouth for the 'trend' without seeing the macro picture (or the irony).
While I understand why you chose the photo, I think the visceral reaction to it is that it's linkbait of a different sort, which does you a big injustice because it was a well-written and enjoyable post.
Oct 13th 2011 12:34PM I agree with you completely - that's what stands out as well, and what ought to stand out is the tone and arguments of the piece, which were great. I guess the Gadling editors agree as the photo has been removed! But I wanted to second your note either way.
Jun 16th 2011 11:15AM As others have said, the Philippines has been under travel warnings for years, specifically relating to Sulu and parts of Mindanao. Having travelled through Northern Mindanao and other parts of the country for several months, I fail to see why this travel warning - similar to all the others issued for the same geographic area, for several years now - merits such a flippant dismissal of a country that has plenty to offer. Like Southern Thailand, only a fraction of the Philippines is currently off limits and posts like this one don't fairly portray the overall situation there.
Dec 21st 2010 12:28PM Great list! I’d also add Steri-Strip wound closure strips and lidocaine Burn Jel. Both are very useful and when you need them, you NEED them.
Dec 11th 2010 7:40PM Alex, you know I'm already on board with your manifesto! I agree that budget travel enables you to experience cultures differently and (I believe) sink into them in a more meaningful, interactive way. I look forward to reading more.
Mar 16th 2010 9:29AM In Burma, I quickly learnt how to say "Bacho-meh!" (emphasis on the "acho"). It means "I'll slap your face" and worked wonders on the over-friendly young men. Bonus: they thought it was hilarious that a foreigner knew how to tell them off!