Owen Lipsett's Profile

Age Range: 30-39  |  Joined: November 2004

New York, New York

"But I have too deeply enjoyed the voyage, not to recommend any
naturalist, although he must not expect to be so fortunate in his
companions as I have been, to take all chances, and to start, on
travels by land if possible, if otherwise, on a long voyage. He may
feel assured, he will meet with no difficulties or dangers, excepting
in rare cases, nearly so bad as he beforehand anticipates. In a moral
point of view, the effect ought to be, to teach him good-humoured
patience, freedom from selfishness, the habit of acting for himself,
and of making the best of every occurrence. In short, he ought to
partake of the characteristic qualities of most sailors. Travelling
ought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he will
discover, how many truly kind-hearted people there are, with whom he
never before had, or ever again will have any further communication,
who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistance. "

-last lines of Charles Darwin's "Voyage of the Beagle"
(Can't recommend the rest of the book though, it's unbelievably racist.)

About Me: I am fascinated by history and anything that relates to it and find that as with so many other things, traveling allows me to gain a better appreciation for a place's past. I've traveled fairly extensively in Europe (every EU country except Cyprus, Romania, and Bulgaria, plus Switzerland, Norway, Croatia, and Turkey) and South America (Ecuador. Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay). I’m delighted to answer any questions you may have about places I’ve written about in my journals, places I’ve listed as familiar destinations (whether I’ve written about them yet or not) or really just about anything!

Trip Journals by Owen Lipsett

Name Destination Date Created
Trying to Think Like a Local: Studying Spanish in Arequipa Arequipa, Peru February 02, 2010
Lisbon Revisited Lisbon, Portugal January 02, 2010
Berlin Museums Berlin, Germany December 15, 2009
Berlin - Monuments Berlin, Germany December 09, 2009

Reviews by Owen Lipsett

Name Destination Date Written
Convivial Comedor Paraguayo Seoul, South Korea May 12, 2013
Arequipa's Best Museum Arequipa, Peru February 03, 2010
A Spanish Ghost Town in the Middle of Arequipa Arequipa, Peru February 02, 2010
Watch Your Head (For Altitude Sickness That Is!) Arequipa, Peru February 02, 2010

Stories and Tips by Owen Lipsett

Name Destination Date Written
Teaching English in Luang Prabang Luang Prabang, Laos May 12, 2013
Meditating with Monks at Wat Doi Suthep Chiang Mai, Thailand May 12, 2013
Studying Spanish at Llama Education: A Highly Enjoyable Experience Arequipa, Peru February 03, 2010
A Brief Introduction to Peruvian Food Arequipa, Peru February 03, 2010

Friends of Owen Lipsett

More About Owen Lipsett

I travel because...
When I travel I feel more present in the moment than at any other time. There is no better way to learn about other people or yourself.
I love to travel to...
Chiang Mai (Thailand), Lisbon (Portugal), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Kabak (Turkey), Cabo Polonio (Uruguay), El Chalten (Argentina)
I never forget to pack...
Plastic ziploc bags.
My weirdest travel habit is...
Ask a lot of questions about the local football (soccer) culture. Both club and international rivalries are a very useful clue to a country's modern social, economic, and political history.
It's my dream to travel to...
The Grand Canyon, Brazil, Colombia, Myanmar, East Africa
When I'm not traveling...
I teach English at an international school in Korea.
I also travel online at...
www.tripadvisor.com and the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree message boards (useful, but not especially friendly places sometimes...)