Hunting with the Hadzabe

James Michael Dorsey and members of the Hadzabe Tribe in Tanzania | GeoEx Adventure Travel

Editor’s note: Lonely Planet recently published an extraordinary collection of original tales, The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology, celebrating both the rigors and the life-changing riches of travel. The transporting story below, by author and adventurer James Michael Dorsey, is excerpted from that collection. Dorsey is a contributing editor at Transitions Abroad and a frequent contributor to Perceptive Travel and United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine. His most recent book, Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails, is available on all major bookseller sites. He is a fellow of the Explorers Club and former director of the Adventurers Club. Mdu squatted on a large bloodstained rock, his chin resting on his knees as he prodded the cooking fire with a small tree branch. His eyes held mine as he stoked the embers, studying me as he had done all day on the hunt. He was somewhat feral but with that same gleam...

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The Man Who Told Futures

Prayer flags billow in front of temple in Nepal with GeoEx

Editor’s note: Acclaimed author Pico Iyer writes for The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, Granta, Vanity Fair and more than 200 other periodicals across the globe. His most recent books are The Art of Stillness and The Man Within My Head. The poignant and illuminating story below is excerpted from The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology, an extraordinary collection of original tales that celebrate both the rigors and the life-changing riches of travel. Kristin and I were scuffling around the backstreets of Kathmandu on a lazy November afternoon. We’d already gone to the zoo that day, and been pierced, unsettled to see a brown bear clutching at the bars of his cage, wailing piteously. We’d trudged around the National Museum, where every artifact of the King’s life was recorded, with particular reference to “The Royal Babyhood.” We’d passed an early evening...

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The Importance of Travel in Turbulent (and Not So Turbulent) Times

Meeting friendly locals in Iran | GeoEx Adventure Travel

I have been roaming the wide world for more than four decades, first as a student and then as a travel writer, and each trip has underscored the validity and power of a simple truth: At its heart, travel is about connection. When we venture into a foreign setting, we may initially feel displaced, uneasy, ignorant about what to say or how to act. But as moments stretch into hours and hours stretch into days, we experience just how similar we are to these people that had been foreign to us. We come to understand their daily rituals, foods, entertainments, beliefs. We learn to read the body language, recognize the cultural cues. We connect. And when we make these connections, we understand that, despite differences in economic background, religious belief, and cultural tradition, we all share the same needs and dreams. We understand that the world is fundamentally a friendly place, our shared blue-and-green home.

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Can Americans Travel to Iran? Update with Specialist Jessica Silber

Iran Travel Ban by GeoEx

As an adventure travel company orchestrating trips in places like Cuba, Tibet, and Iran, GeoEx must stay on top of not only hotel openings, museum closures, and up-and-coming guide talent, but also country-level policy changes, visa regulations, and diplomatic tensions. In recent years, we’ve navigated Cuba’s “opening” to Americans, South Africa’s strict rules for visiting children, and most recently, the closure of Iran to American tourists, a response to the United States’ proposed travel ban. We sat down with Jessica Silber, one of our Iran experts, to get the latest on the current situation for US travelers wishing to go to this Middle East nation. What’s going on with US/Iran visas? In January, the Iranian government responded to the United States’ travel...

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Trails of Discovery in Peru

Hiker on the Lares Trek | Peru with GeoEx

“Think of the Inca Empire as a body,” explained our guide Bruno. “Cusco is the heart, the Inca trails are the veins, and the Inca cities are the organs.” We had just climbed to the pinnacle of Ancasmarca, a far-flung Incan site perched around 13,500 feet above sea level with steep hillsides blanketed in crumbling circular storehouses. Surrounding us were beautiful, rocky mountains whose yellow and black slopes were dotted with humble farmsteads. We were the only visitors and I stood in awe—for the third time in two days. Overlooking the Ancasmarca ruins. Photo: Amanda McKee While Bruno described the importance of this site, strategically situated along one of the main Inca trail arteries near a pass that connected Cusco to...

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Don George, Editor

Don George is Editor in Chief of Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler. He has been Travel Editor for Salon.com and the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, as well as Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. Don is the author of "The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George" and of "Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing." He has also edited eleven anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and An Innocent Abroad. E-mail him at [email protected].

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