Statistically the trail is one of the safest places in the U.S., but when a tent is all that separates you from a potential predator, the danger becomes terrifyingly real.
Melanie Hamlett is a comedian, writer, and storyteller who’s been performing in New York City and Los Angeles for the last 12 years and now in Europe, where she currently lives. She’s won The Moth in NYC multiple times, is regularly featured on the Risk! Podcast, and writes for The Guardian,The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Playboy, and Glamour. Having lived in her truck all over the U.S. for years as an outdoor adventure guide, as well as New York City, Los Angeles, South America, and now Europe, her bizarre, solo adventures often concern the people who love her most (especially her poor mother). Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, or her website: https://melaniehamlett.com/.
The coronavirus crisis has left expats and immigrants around the world in agonizing limbo as countries shut borders and jobs disappear.
After escaping to Valparaíso, I found myself in the middle of a truly surreal Easter celebration replete with a bloody live Jesus and fires all over the city.
Melanie Hamlett lived out of her Toyota pickup for five years before giving it up and moving to New York. Then she got nostalgic for road life. That was her first mistake.
If you’re going to have adventures on the road, you’re going to have to endure some uncomfortable encounters, particularly from, to put it perhaps too delicately, needy guys.
Since moving abroad, I’ve become more and more aware of just how f*cked up and amazing the USA is.
It’s almost like Popeye Village put an ad in the paper saying, ‘Seeking cynical chill pot smokers with zero acting skills for multiple roles at over-priced tourist trap.’
In a ‘Gone with the Wind’ style mansion in Cleveland, Georgia, Cabbage Patch Kids are born. Not made. Born.
From crucifixion to resurrection, from karaoke to sno cones, The Holy Land Experience in Orlando is a theme park like no other, right down to a sexy Son of God.