Archive for August, 2009

Road trip through literary California

In May, I introduced you to the possibilities of a road trip through literary New England. It seems an ideal combination of activities for lovers of both travel and literature. Well, I figured it was time to explore a similar journey, only this time on the West Coast. So now I present to you a […]

The world’s best stargazing destinations

It’s one of the most sublime sights in nature: a dark sky filled with thousands of glittering stars. Our ancestors were well acquainted with this spectacle, and most nights they could even gaze up to see a gallery of shooting stars and a visible Milky Way galaxy. Today, unfortunately, light pollution in populated areas tends […]

Top reasons to take a career break

On Monday I wrote about an online interview with me in which I talked about my view of sabbaticals and some of the reasons that my wife and I had decided to take a career break in order to travel. Well, here is a nice follow-up to that post: an article by Sherry Ott that […]

An online interview with me

If you’re interested in knowing more about my travel experiences or my book, you might want to check out an online interview with me that was just published by Andy Hayes, who is a traveler, writer and photographer himself and who publishes the excellent Sharing Experiences blog. Here are my answers to two of his questions, dealing with […]

Differences between the U.S. and Chinese educational systems

There are obviously many cultural differences between the United States and China, which stem largely from the fundamental fact that one country has an individualistic view of the world and the other is a more group-oriented society. In the U.S., individual rights and self-realization are highly valued, while in China considerable importance is placed on hierarchy and respect for societal […]

Review of ‘Two Laps Around the World’

Many of you are no doubt familiar with the travel writing of Rolf Potts, and perhaps of his website Vagablogging. My travel memoir, Two Laps Around the World, was recently reviewed on Vagablogging by another writer. Here is an excerpt from the review: As a writer, Riel has a painter’s eye for the color and mood of life on […]

Take a road trip through Cold War history

If you have any interest in learning more about the Cold War, or the dawn of the nuclear age, there are now a number of locations open to tourists that represent that period in history. From museums to sites that once functioned as missile or nuclear testing grounds, a window has been opened into an historic time. In […]

Riel World photo – Ta Prohm, Cambodia

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Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Ta Prohm temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park near Siem Reap, Cambodia. An 800-year-old temple, not far from the more famous Angkor Wat, that has merged with the jungle. It’s an eerie but strangely beautiful sight.

The rise of the digital nomad

It does seem that more and more people these days are turning themselves into some version of a digital nomad. In a basic sense, this could simply be an individual who is disconnected from an office and prefers to do much of his or her work in local coffeeshops or other WiFi hotspots. But there are […]

Best ways to experience a sunrise or sunset

Where in the world would you go to see the most spectacular sunset or sunrise? Better yet, where could you have an incredible travel experience while at the same time watching the sun rise or set in the sky? I just published an article on Matador Trips that reviews eight of the best places in […]

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