Michael Fraiman

187 Flips | 4 Magazines | 7 Followers | @mfraiman | Online editor of Outpost Magazine—Canada's biggest international adventure-travel publication.

Can I Immerse Myself Somewhere Without Speaking the Language?

<i>Read more from The Savvy Traveller here, and don’t forget to leave your questions!</i><p><b>Dear Savvy Traveller,</b><p><b>What’s the best way to really immerse yourself</b> …

Retracing Marco Polo: Cycling the Silk Road in China

Biking along the Silk Road last summer taught me something about the nature of gravity that Marco Polo neglected to mention in his writings. While …

A Motorbike Ride Through the Himalayas

I am told in a semi-screaming voice to “be <i>loose</i>!” and I think what a paradox that is as the motorbike underneath us gallops downward, tires chewing …

Introducing the Savvy Traveller: A Travel Advice Column

<i>Read more from The Savvy Traveller here, and don’t forget to leave your questions!</i><p>Travel is a personal experience. You may see the same sunrise, …

Travelers

Trip of the Week: The Grand Andean Experience to Machu Picchu

When American historian Hiram Bingham rediscovered the lost city of Machu Picchu in 1911, little could he have imagined that just over a century …

South America

China's Transit Visa: A Complete Guide to a Confusing System

When I first found out, I lost it. I felt like a pioneer tapping my boat into new land. “Did you <i>know</i> about this?” I asked my expat friends. They …

Will 2018 Be a Safe Year for Canadian Air Travel?

As far as airline travellers were concerned, 2017 was the best of years and the worst of years, to paraphrase the ardent 19th-century wanderer and …

Outpost's Travel Column Contest is Back. Apply Now!

Last year, we held our inaugural column contest—an international callout to anyone who wanted to join us in writing eye-opening, thought-provoking …

Trip of the Week: Canadian Rockies Walking Tour

Alberta’s Rocky Mountains offer some of the best hiking in the world, from day treks suitable for beginners to demanding multi-day hauls. Created by …

Tropical Sun Meets Crackling Forest in Cartagena

<i>Part of a behind-the-scenes look opXpeditions: Colombia, an OutpostTV show. Watch it here.</i><p>Dusk had begun to settle over the cobblestone streets of …

How to Buy Black-Market Petrol in Uzbekistan

The streets of Bukhara weave around ancient mosques and crumbling walls of brown clay. You can imagine camels once happily clopping by, pausing for a …

Sin City Seoul: Welcome to the New Side of South Korea

Seoul Central Plaza. A very hot and humid Sunday in June. Twenty-thousand LGBT partiers and their friends are having a wild time at the city’s 16th …

Save $250 on the Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu

Daily expeditions will lead you along seldom-traveled highland trails surrounded by exquisite snow-capped peaks, past roving herds of llamas and …

Panama’s Infamously Dangerous Red Devils

The fleet of diablos rojos—red devils in English—are a Panamanian hallmark. They’re buses from the United States that are purchased, repaired and …

Born to Run: Dogsledding in Finland’s Arctic Circle

The cacophony of barking is deafening. The loudest noise-maker? Aki, one of my lead dogs. He’s screaming and throwing himself into his harness so …

The Peruvian Amazon is Not a Place for Nervous People

On the night of December 29, I walked from my hotel in Iquitos, Peru, through the muggy humidity to a Scotiabank ATM near the central plaza. We were …

You Can Help This Cancer Patient Crowdfund His Bucket List

<i>Each Friday, Outpost’s online editor rounds up the week’s biggest travel stories.</i><p>In September 2017, Chris Betancourt, a 19-year-old student in …

Here are Outpost's Top 10 Travel Stories of 2017

Here at Outpost, 2017 was a stellar year—we redesigned outpostmagazine.com and our sister site, tanyourmind.com. We’re running terrific travel …

Gliding Like an Eagle Over Colombia's Chicamocha Canyon

<i>Part 6 of a behind-the-scenes look opXpeditions: Colombia, an OutpostTV show.</i><p>A winding mountain road led Team Outpost to a knoll where paragliders …

How Travellers Can Help Save the World

<i>“A New Kind of Bucket List” is a series by Outpost environmental columnist Cam Fenton calling attention to all the global destinations he wants to</i> …

Trip of the Week: Laos & Thailand Tour

Affordability and diversity in a small area are two of the best things about travelling in Southeast Asia—although cuisine is also a strong …

Laos

Trekking Colombia's Dizzying Chicamocha Canyon

<i>Part 5 of a behind-the-scenes look opXpeditions: Colombia, an OutpostTV show. Watch it here.</i><p>Human evolution brought us to the edge of the …

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Munich's Krampus Run

As the bells began to ring, hundreds of people spread along the sidewalks to make way for the procession. I could see market-goers preparing …

Your Guide to Marshrutkas, Georgia’s Death-Defying Transit

At half-past midnight we found ourselves hurtling down a potholed road, with no light from either the moon or street lights, in a van that my …

Why So Few Travellers Care About the Russian Revolution's Centenary

Normally, when a country marks a major event in its history, travellers flock from all over the world to partake in the once-in-a-lifetime …

Trip of the Week: Buenos Aires Soujourn

Buenos Aires is described as the most European of South American cities (in the best way!), and after a few days in the Argentine capital you’ll see …