Adventures that take you there.

“Travel stories from tremendously inspiriting wanders,” is what I say when asked about this travel blog.

So what are you waiting for? A plane ticket? More than likely you are if you stumbled on a website about travel stories. You’re just jonsing to get out there again. I don’t blame you. But while you wait, get inspired and read these unique stories.

All OAJ writers have one thing in common: to bring back a little of the world & share.


Travel, Illuminated

Travel, Illuminated December 16th 1:00 am A little nudge and then, “C’mon, it’s time to go.” It was the middle of the night, and my mother’s hand barely touched my shoulder, yet I jumped out of bed like it was Christmas morning. My canopy bed couldn’t even contain me—I bounced down and up on my […]

So I Missed My Train. Ended Up On A Bus. Big Mistake

Ready for that long bus ride? Get ready to experience some good ol’ USA crazy.

Van Bathroom Breaks in Mardi Gras | New Orleans, Louisiana

DISCLAIMER: Story is NOT for the faint of heart or for those with an aversion to bathroom bloopers. For a little more than one month out of the year, drinkers of all calibers come to the Sin City of the south to get trashed in the streets, litter its sewers with decorative beads and flash various […]

Scammed at the Honduras Border

Honduras has the highest homicide rate on the planet, police corruption, and great SCUBA diving. With that being said, and SCUBA out of the budget, we decided to just drive straight through. It was a three country day. We planned to leave El Salvador, blaze through Honduras, and then arrive to Nicaragua. Central American countries […]

And This Little Tourist Swam With Piranhas | Amazon, Peru

Following the outline of the Madre de Dios river on the far outskirts of Puerto Maldonado, our tour group trekked through eight miles of a jungle so thick it was right out of “Planet of the Apes.” Spider monkeys and other primates in Caesar’s family swung along the Rio, mocking us non-natives below. Overgrown brush […]

Ninja Pussy Blow-Dart | Bangkok, Thailand

What Vegas is to forty-five-year-old businessmen with cul-de-sac hairlines and cocaine-ravaged septums Bangkok is to twenty-five-year-old backpackers with sun-kissed skin and alcohol-soaked livers (and cocaine-ravaged septums if they’ve traveled through Latin America). The same rules apply: what happens in Bangkok, stays in Bangkok… unless you were threatened by a blow-dart-wielding vagina, in which case you […]

Police Cars are Cheaper Than Taxis: How to Seduce a Panamanian Cop | Bocas del Toro, Panama

Her name was Zarra, which should’ve been my first clue. If she’d been a Millicent, our evening would have proceeded differently. Millicents don’t seduce Panamanian policía for a ride to a nightclub, and then perform cunnilingus six paces from the dance floor—at least, none of the Millicents I’ve ever met do. My (platonic) friend Paul […]

Love, Death, and Protein in Panama

A quest to trace a Panamanian fish from boat to fork uncovers a chilly two-step, a murky aphrodisiac, and a phantom hat.

I got scammed in Budapest | Hungary

I felt my cheeks burn red as I started to panic…. I remembered reading about a scam a few years ago before I visited Riga… This couldn’t be happening to me… I wasn’t looking for that kind of thing. *** Let’s get one thing straight. I’m not the kind of guy that goes around chatting […]

The Nagging Question – Cancun, Mexico

Ever find yourself face-to-face with a question: Is it a he or she? Traveler John experiences this, visiting Mexico & courts a beautiful woman.

The Grace of Stones: Dancing on a Rock Face in Luskville, Quebec

My friend Sasha likes to paint stones. She collects them from a narrow dust road that leads to her apartment building. Among the towering concrete structures, asphalt roads and cracked pavements of Sasha’s neighborhood , the dirt path stands out like a stream in a desert that refuses to dry up. Sometimes, she finds stones […]

All in a Day’s Work for a Holiday Rep: A Barricade in Desenzano

I rounded the corner and stopped, astonished at the sight in front of me.  Fluttering flags and hand-written placards blocked the street ahead.  I wondered if I had stumbled upon a very local festival, Italians love their festivals, but already I suspected something more sinister.  It had all the hallmarks of a protest. I gathered […]


Good stories and good food go hand-in-hand.

This is why we’ve paired our travel adventures with a delicious recipe that mirrors (in taste) the experience of a tale. Each recipe is inspired by a travel story.

Hope you enjoy!