When I first mount the bicycle—a sturdy Rocky Mountain Blizzard with 4.8-inch-wide tires—and push, I barely move. I grit my teeth, throw my weight onto the pedal, and the bike ekes forward. We power our way along Polar Bear Point among glistening, 6-foot-thick ice caps and sunning ringed seals. After a short time, my legs wobble like jelly. It took five flights to reach the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge on Canada’s Somerset Island, roughly 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Buying a plane ticket has never been easier â€” or more complicated. Online travel agencies claim to offer the greatest fares; fare aggregators claim to offer the greatest selection of online travel agencies. Low-cost carriers promise to fly you to the moon for a pittance â€” but, oh, you want to check a bag and pick a seat too? Thatâ€™ll be $100 extra. The legacy airlines want you to be loyal and book direct, but theyâ€™re constantly shifting the goalposts on miles hounds.
Green curry, pad thai , som tum , and mango with sticky rice may be dishes commonly associated with Thailand , but these shouldn't be your top eating priorities when landing in Chiang Mai , the cultural capital of northern Thailand. Up here, as well as in parts of Laos, Myanmar , and southern China, it’s all about khao soy (or khao soi ).