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On the Road - Back in December

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Dear Loyal Contrarian Traveller —
The CT profoundly apologizes for its moribundness in recent months. Lots has happened.
Lael Powell Rushing has been busy working on his first book, “The Unofficial History of Car-Camping.” Rob Jordan, Metrosexual and South East Asian Editor, has moved from Miami to DC. The Alpha Contrarian […]


The CT Obamamania — Your Guide to The New Crawford, Texas

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Five Contrarian Things to Do in Hyde Park (Illinois), by Max Grinnell, AB ‘98
Since Senator Barack Obama became President-elect Barack Obama a few weeks back, dozens of media outlets (i.e. daily rags, 60 Minutes, the Rockford Daily Shopper, etc.) have scoured Hyde Park for the inside scoop on what makes this place tick. Hyde […]


Ultimate Contrariana: Iceland for X-Mas

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

As most readers of the CT know, we have been off-the-charts, drop-your-pants excited about the global financial meltdown for months now. The plunging Dow, the faltering Nikkei, collapsing I-banks, devalued currencies… Why? You ask - does that mean Iceland, Sensei? ‘
Here’s what a bad economy means to us:
* Previously unaffordable places become semi-affordable.
* Middle class […]


A Good Bar, a Decent Ski Resort, a Loch Ness Monster-Like Creature — and a freshwater Naval submarine training facility — it’s all yours in the Idaho Panhandle.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Finally, finally, we spoke with Lael Powell Rushing the other night about his Idaho Panhandle Trip. Lael, as many of you know, has recently been struggling with a rare combination of carpal tunnel and strep throat and has been difficult to reach. We just wanted to tell him that all of us […]


The Insider’s Guide to the Panhandles — Next Week.. Episode #1, Idaho

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Trivia question:
What is the CT’s favorite panhandle? Hint: For the geographically challenged, there are four American panhandles to choose from… Oklahoma, Texas, Florida or Idaho?
Answer:   We love them all.  Seriously.  We can’t decide.  Too hard. In fact, the word “Panhandle” sends any Contrarian into a state of thrall. Why?
The Panhandles are perhaps the most overlooked, most frequently […]


How to Avoid the World’s Worst Tourist Traps? The Unabridged Answers!

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Perhaps you, like many CT readers, spotted Chris Colin’s excellent piece in MSNBC on October 18 “How to Avoid the World’s Worst Tourist Traps,” which explored some valuable ways of sidestepping the touristic madness to get an authentic experience.
Well, as the CT told Colin, that’s basically our rationale for being, and our messianic mission: to […]


Contrarian Alert: The Keeweenaw Peninsula, PLUS: New Feature, The Hamptons Watch

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

For months the CT has been grappling with a soul-searching question:
Should we hire a new editor to cover the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?
Few places interest the Alpha Contrarian more than this region, which has been described as the Missisippi of the North. It’s inaccessible, it’s rarely visited, it’s brutally cold, it’s got the right population […]


36 Hours in Cinque Terre

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

This place was probably contrarian 50 to 100 year ago. Maybe during the pre-war era. Now, you’ll meet all kind of mainstream middle managers from Middle Europe, Americans on the Rick Steve’s tour. You’ll find tchtachke shops, and Japanese group tours, and prix fixe menus, and all kinds of things we like […]


New Feature! The Daily Contrarian

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Come on all of you Contrarians out there! It’s time for the Daily Contrarian Quiz:
Every day, the Alpha Contrarian or Extreme Car Camping Guru, Lael, will pose a vexing geographical question… Our Inaugural question, is a photo question, and it comes from Lael..
Question: What is the name of this rarely visited, major North […]


The Steens

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

The first CT photo series… There’s Lael Powell-Rushing, car-camping guru, with his tent (the Outback) on the Alvord Desert. This was shortly before Powell-Rushing went on an ill-fated visit to the Alvord’s most popular bathing spot…

But then… shortly after returning from a soak Powell-Rushing stumbled upon this car, which had apparently been ransacked by a radical group […]


Lacy Rushwell Joins CT, Powell-Rushing Named West Coast, Extreme Car Camping Editor

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Lacy Rushwell to Join CT? Yes!

Rumors have been circulating for months. AND finally, we’re pleased to confirm them.
Lacy Rushwell, who has written a series of popular guidebooks for transgendered travellers, will join the Contrarian Traveller as Senior Editor of Feminist and Trangendered travel and Ohio Valley content.
Lacy will of course contribute regular columns, and human-interest […]


No more messing around, lollygagging

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

OK. A lot of things have been happening lately that have disrupted the progress of the Contrarian Traveller. Nothing has been more destructive to the CT than the CT’s own deluded, clouded, vision of what it is supposed to. The navel gazing and soul searching must stop. A state of ennui […]


A New Contrarian

Friday, October 6th, 2006

We’ve been working long days - two, even three-hour days - as we scramble to lauch The Contrarian Traveller 2.0. We’re happy to announce a new hire. Rob Jordan, a staff writer at Miami New Times, is joining us as Senior Editor.  The name  Rob Jordan is surely familiar to anyone who has observed the […]