A Day in Bethlehem

Editor's note: it is impossible to capture the magnitude of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a huge book, let alone in an article about visiting Bethlehem. Some aspects of the conflict are necessary to explain as they affect the day-to-day experiences a traveler, like our Sam Spector, would have. We at The Royal Tour recognize that…

Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Editor's note: I always look forward to Sam's articles. Normally about places I haven't seen yet - I've barely scratched the surface of Thailand on a cruise - he expertly describes the experiences he has had and the emotions evoked by them. For more of his writing, click here. Also, to help support what we…

Russian Stereotypes

Editor's note: This post is just in time for my Russian date night, which will happen tonight and be written about next week. However, unlike me, Madeleine has spent a ton of time in Russia, and can speak to the country much better than I can. I hope you enjoy her post, and check out…

The Juice: A Story From Jerusalem

Editor's Note: It's amazing sometimes what seemingly small things from our travels become huge, even life-altering. This story from Madeleine reminds me that the best experiences are the unexpected ones. For more of her stories, click here. Before I tell you about the juice, it’s important for you to understand how much I don’t care…

Why Luang Prabang Is My Favorite City

Editor's note: it is always a brave thing for a travel writer to use the word "favorite." So it really means something when Sam does so here. Make sure you check out all of his articles for more incredibly destinations! The most annoying question you can ask me: “So, what’s, like, your favorite country you…

How to Maximize Your Doha Layover

Editor's note: I find myself, to no surprise, so envious of the travels of others when they are to exotic locations I haven't yet had the chance to see. Here is another amazing story from Sam Spector. To read the rest of his stories here on The Royal Tour, visit his page here. Often when…

Why Almaty, Kazakhstan Should Be On Your List

Kazakhstan doesn’t seem to have found a place on the invisible, unspoken “must visit” list for a lot of Americans. Our association with Kazakhstan is usually limited to what we learned from Borat, namely: nothing about the actual culture or people. My only additional knowledge of the country came from living in a Russian dorm…

Melaka: Where Malaysia Began

When most people think of Malaysia, they think of Kuala Lumpur, its vibrant modern capital. But drive a couple hours south (or, as in my case, a couple hours north from Singapore), and you'll find yourself in the city of Melaka (sometimes spelled Malacca), home to some of the richest history in the region. Kuala…