Remote Lands

A Two-Wheeled Journey of Discovery in Laos

Is it the hustle and bustle of daily life, and the need to escape to the countryside for some peace and quiet, that has people increasingly grabbing their leathers and heading for the open road on a motorbike? Whatever the motivation, the fresh air and liberating experience of riding a motorbike has caught the imagination […]

How’s Your Yōkai Today?

Japanese history is steeped in legendary myths and folklore that, even to this day, creep into and shape modern life and culture throughout the country. Among them are yōkai, mischievous mythological beings that for centuries were believed to be the cause of everyday misfortunes and incidents. Did you trip over your own feet today? Did […]

Culture and Etiquette in a Travel Frontier: Understanding Uzbekistan

Even among experienced travelers, the ‘stans (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan) are unknown territory. They have little cultural penetration in the west, so while many of us can close our eyes and envision Bangkok, Tokyo or Singapore, we can’t necessarily do the same for Tashkent – the capital of Uzbekistan. Besides the normal concerns […]

Out of the Closet – a New Japan?

For many LGBT travelers, a primary concern is the reception they’ll receive in a country whose culture and customs are unfamiliar to them, and Japan is no exception. Like most countries, a combination of history and religion shapes Japan’s unique relationship with gender and sexuality, but times are changing. In modern Japan, the focus is […]

Culture and Etiquette of a Travel Frontier: Understanding Japan

When we close our eyes and envisage Japan, what springs to mind? The bustling Harajuku district of Tokyo? Shinto shrines and bamboo forests? Perhaps delicately prepared sushi, or the majestic outline of Mount Fuji. It is likely though, that the customs of this fascinating culture remain something of a mystery to most travelers. Japan is […]