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Arriba, Arriba: Why Swine Flu Means Mexico NOW

Monday, May 4th, 2009

This probably won’t come as a surprise to any regular CT reader.
We have canceled our CT Annual Meeting, scheduled for August 7 -22 in Northeastern Iceland.
We were planning to take advantage of Iceland’s financial meltdown – we were seduced by the crippled krona, tempted by our love for glaciers, geysers, Vikings, and cheap air fares. […]


The State of the Contrarian Travel — The NEW CT Manifesto is Revised

Friday, March 21st, 2008

As is CT tradition, each year in mid-March, much like the celebration of Groundhog Day, the Alpha Contrarian deliver a review of the state of Contrarian Travel to other Contrarians. Here is an abridged version of his report.

THE STATE OF CONTRARIAN TRAVEL - 2007
It’s been a brutal and complicated year for contrarian travel. Many […]


Members Only: The CT’s Gotham Guide

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Most of the CT’s staff has either lived, worked, or worshipped, in some manner, New York City. In fact, New York experience is a requisite for all CT staff, and that includes our West Coast correspondent Lael Powell Rushing.
Sometime in early March, we will complete our most ambitious project — our first-ever “Contrarian […]


The Search for a Truly Awesome Monarch is Over

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Editor’s Note:
While the CT’s chief aim is, of course, to tell you, our faithful readers, about authentic, unspoiled, interesting, unorthodox destinations, we also will not shirk a more basic journalistic responsibility. If we encounter God on Earth, or an alternative form of icon-worship, we will report it.
An Amalgam of Elvis Presley, Robin Hood and God… […]


A CT Experiment: SPORTS; The CT’s Urbanologist Experiences Futball Americain in Chicago, USA

Monday, September 10th, 2007

An Open Letter to the Contrarian Community from J.L. Schonwald:

Late last month, I received a telex from our most regular CT contributor, The Urbanologist, aka Max Grinnell, sometimes known as Karl M. Grinne. The reason for Grinnell’s urgency: he wanted to write a story, he said, about his upcoming trip to a college football game.
I […]


The Truth about Genocide Tourism

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

“Why go to Club Med, when you can go to Dachau?”
This Sunday’s Chicago Tribune had what appeared to be classic example of Contrarian travel. A small subset of travellers, Steve Silva writes, are now, apparently, heading for such places as Dachau (the death camp), the killing fields of Cambodia, the blood-soaked fields of Rwanda, […]


This Week in Travel

Monday, July 30th, 2007

For years, Slate has had its Daily Papers summary - every morning someone reads all the major dailies, offers a quick summary. Saves time, useful. Then Slate added another service - they read magazines for you. The Chicago Tribune then commissioned the snarky Lucinda Hahn to reads crap-pop magazines, like Star and […]


NY Times - Occassionally Contrarian

Friday, July 27th, 2007

It’s counter-intuitive, it’s illogical. How could the mainstream of the mainstream, the New York Yankees of the media world, provide contrarian travelers with useful information? I mean, isn’t it inherently impossible for anything in the NYT to be contrarian?
Yes, as soon as it appears in the Times, whether its Escapes or Sunday Travel, you […]


The Urbanologist Reveals His Seattle Roots, The CT on Metrosexual Travel: Why?, and 48 Hours: Gary, Indiana

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

What could be less contrarian than Pike Place Market? The most over-touristed, cliched spot in Sea-town, and perhaps all of the Pac Northwest. Yet, the CT’s Urbanologist Max Grinnell writes yesterday:
“This is a place that truly defines Seattle…I spent so much time there when I was growing up, it wasn’t funny…every chance I got, even […]


The Best of the Contrarian Press

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

The CT is edited by a bunch of working stiffs - people like you. Blokes who fit pipes, fix telelphone lines, grind coffee, and spend hours each day writing for news weeklies and city magazines. In sum, we don’t have gobs of dispensable income or time. Much of our travel is vicarious.
Our crack staff […]


August in the Everglades

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Famed for mosquitoes, suffocating humidity, searing sun, unrelenting heat (high temperatures in the 90s), cranky alligators, and a conspicuous absence of any meaningful wildlife, few tourists consider Florida’s Everglades National Park as a viable summer destination. Let alone a camping option. But the CT found that - contrary to conventional wisdom - AUGUST is the […]