• Luxury Travellers Don’t Want What You Think They Want

    July 3, 2018

    In our line of business, specific definitions are important, but there are a lot of terms that depend greatly on perspective. Is Ho Chi Minh City far from Hanoi? Yes… if you’re not comparing Hanoi and New York. Is northern Thailand cold? Well… if you’ve spent a winter in eastern Canada, it’s more like cool, but to Thai coffee farmers

  • A Shoe Full of Chocolate

    June 25, 2018

    Photo: Instagram Everyone knows that when they travel, they will be immersing themselves in a different culture. It’s part of the adventure. Along with this comes different rules, expectations, dos, and don’ts. But no matter how obvious this may seem or how prepared you think you are, it’s never a bad idea for a bit of a refresher. Here’s a

  • 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