Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

Walk into the sun.

My girl Tanya has shared with some of the best music for traveling — for staring out the train window and running where your mind takes you. "Fluke" by Puppy is one. And this. I can't imagine how many times I listened to this song on my…

A shark tried to eat my leg!

So I was diving in the Great Barrier Reef and a huge white-tip reef shark tried to take a chunk out of my leg, but I punched him in the nose like in the films and swam like hell away! Why yes, that IS a 500-pounnd fish behind me I wish. Just lik…

No toothbrush? No problem!

Salvadora persica — a cute, bright green bush that grows wild throughout Kenya and many parts of Africa, that in a pinch will give you berries, and that Colgate smile. At Selenaki Conservancy, Wilson Kesaine and our Lion Guardian and Maasai warrior…

Frankfurt action hero

This is has got to be one of the coolest subway entrances in the world: Bockenheim Warte in downtown Frankfurt, Germany. I found it searching for "weird things" in the city and introdcued it to Ralph, my friend and host here. He'd neve…