Category Archives Traveling Responsibly

Joran van der Sloot was arrested last week for the alleged murder of a 21 year old Peruvian woman who accompanied him back to his hotel room in the early morning hours.  Van der Sloot, best known for his connection with the disappearance of high school student Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, confessed to the murder, claiming that he became…

As we pointed out in an earlier post crime can happen anywhere.  Criminals don’t spare you because you’re on vacation or traveling for business; in fact, they often target out-of-towners.   Even the beautiful islands known for their “no worries” attitude are now worried about getting their crime rates under control.  While our previous post focused on being aware of and…

When did tryptophan become the cause of our post-meal slumber?  I did a little Google Timeline search and found a citation back in the seventies, but it seems to really have picked up its mythical legs in the late 80s and 90s.  Now, one can find tryptophan gift items.  The tryptophan molecule t-shirt I first saw (do I have to…

Our first traveling responsibly post offered some tips on how to safely share the road with riders . This video from YouTube offers another valuable reminder: we don’t always see what’s in front of us because we only see what we are looking for. If you are driving down the road looking for a street sign, you might not see the…

So you've just enjoyed an exotic dinner including a liberal sampling of the local alcoholic libations (some of which are quite potent), and now it's time to drive home. Be honest, do you have any idea what your blood alcohol level might be? Nearly 90% of the world's countries have a national drunk-driving law on the books. Of course enforcement…

Last week, the Freakonomics blog cited two studies showing that, at least in their specific locales, the overwhelming majority of bicycle and motorcycle crashes on the road are caused by motorists.  As a former motorcyclist who was involved in a crash caused by a car, I can personally relate to these studies as can most of the writers who commented…

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