Category Archives: Drive Like Hell

Seeing Stars [Drive Like Hell]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Adding Insult to Injury, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, Human Sacrifice, Road Warriors, Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

It happened in Granados, Mexico, in the summer of 1997. I was 13 and visiting relatives on a family vacation. After a feast with family, laughing together, we got into the back of red pick-up truck. Seat belts in a … Continue reading

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Ambulance, South America-Style [The "Doctor" Will See You Now]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Amateur Hour, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, Road Warriors, Survival, The "Doctor" Will See You Now | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

While on a family vacation in Porto Viejo, Ecuador, my 3 yr old daughter got sick. On the third day of our trip, in the middle of the night she started going to the bathroom out of both ends, if … Continue reading

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Pee Tree Dish [Water Water Everywhere]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Road Warriors, Survival, The Call of Nature, Water Water Everywhere, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

It all started with a drive. A drive consisting of 20 people packed into a fairly impressive 16-seater van. I found myself sandwiched between a frail granny buried under a load of groceries and a teenage boy whose cool demeanor was significantly reduced … Continue reading

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Kasonga Through the Back Door [For Love or Money]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, Off The Map, Road Warriors, Survival | Tagged | Leave a comment

“Oh yes, we have Ciprofloxacin,” says the woman behind the drugstore counter. “You have typhoid?” “Not yet. There’s always hope.” I’m a little cranky after a bone-cracking day in the back seat of a bus crossing southern Tanzania, followed by … Continue reading

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Magic Answers [Rites of Passage]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Books + Media, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, European Delights | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

A spooky, beautiful essay from past contributor Kate Erickson on the power of travel, happenstance horror, accidental reveries, and becoming a New Yorker. I hated the dogs— two wobbly, stubborn labs I had not expected to be walking every weekend … Continue reading

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He Took The Road Insanely Traveled By [Books + Media]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, European Delights, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, India, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Road Warriors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dear Readers, as you head into that great American tradition, a long, lost weekend of drunken pyromania family, friends, and tasty BBQ, take a minute to consider the less fortunate, like adventure travel writer Carl Hoffman, whose new book  ‘LUNATIC EXPRESS: Discovering … Continue reading

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India Hour One [Hotel Hell]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Drive Like Hell, Hotel Hell, India, Road Warriors, The Old Bait and Switch | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

APRIL 18, 2010…After 25+ hours of traveling, my mom and I made it to Delhi from Denver. I was going to volunteer for three weeks, and roped her into a week of sightseeing first.  Although we consider ourselves seasoned travelers, … Continue reading

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The Traffic Apocalypse [Drive Like Hell]

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I was at the Aga Khan
University in Karachi, organizing a writing workshop, when the call came in. “Oh no,” whispered my colleague. 
”That’s bad. That’s terrible.” She turned to me. “Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated. We want you to go … Continue reading

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