• The Pursuit of Character

    January 4, 2018

    It’s hard to explain to people that you’re chasing something that’s hard to even define, but that’s how things happen at Smiling Albino. Character is a bold word with broad definitions, which is why it’s a bit strange that it’s come to define who we are, and what we chase. You see, character is a two-way street. In one lane

  • Fair Tourism

    November 1, 2017

    Reading a study from a large international organizations is a bit like reading a travel brochure – a cursory examination will give you a basic idea of what’s going on, but if you take time to dig into the details, you’ll find a world of nuance. Okay, that’s a pretty awful metaphor, but bear with us here. We just got

  • To Go or Not to Go: Assessing Travel Advisories

    September 27, 2017

    Most trips can be summed up – very roughly – as follows: buy a ticket, pack your bags, land in The Place, and head off to explore. And usually it’s all well and good, as it should be. Unfortunately, the world went and got itself complicated, and there are some countries dealing with issues that don’t make themselves very amenable

  • The Sacred Hilltribes of Southeast Asia

    September 5, 2017

    Southeast Asia is rich in tribal societies, ancient customs, and traditional culture. Over the centuries, almost every tribe or group of people in Southeast Asia has migrated to or from somewhere, bringing their unique languages and traditions with them. Most have assimilated into the local cultures, but some have not, existing as islands amid the rushing currents of the modern

  • Three Travel Trends for 2017

    August 2, 2017

    It’s always hard to pin down a ‘trend’, especially in a fast-moving industry like travel. By the time one trend has peaked over here, it’s dying out over there, being replaced by a new one that came from way over there. But when you travel as often as we do and talk to as many savvy folks as we try