The Geography of Cheap Airfare

International travel is much more affordable than you think. If you are like most Americans, you overestimate the cost of international airfare because you assume it must be more expensive than domestic flights. As counterintuitive as it may sound, however, the recent expansion of international budget airlines have made flying to Europe cheaper than flying between most [...]

The Place That Drove Me Insane

The transition from Kyrgyzstan to China could not be more subtle. Barbed wire, watchtowers, motes, legions of police - the Chinese border anticipates World War III. After passing through several agonizing checkpoints, we encountered a large, prison-like facility, which we naïvely assumed was the border crossing into Xinjiang, China’s vast, Uyghur-populated western region. There we [...]