• Traveling to Mexico for a Tooth Implant and Tacos

    Dental tourism is one of the most cheapskate aspects of neocolonialism. Every year, thousands of cheap Americans travel to Mexico to buy new teeth. I am one such cheap person.

  • Swimming with Warlords

    Nabi Gechi is a killer and a warlord, a militia commander in Afghanistan formerly paid by NATO who fights the Taliban and taxes the local population in exchange for the security he provides them. I visited him at his compound recently and went swimming with his men. Things were a…

  • The Sliding Aussie Dollar Still Holds Promise for Broke Backpackers

    When I was travelling I met many Australians and every time I mentioned that I’d always been interested in coming over they took it as an opportunity to brag about how well they’d made it through the Global Financial Crisis

  • Malibu

    We sat in the recliners. I ate the cheesecake and my uncle ate the carrot cake. We watched the end of a movie called While You Were Sleeping. Then my uncle emptied his colostomy bag, while I sent that cheesecake down the toilet. I drank some coffee and went back to the toi…

  • The Mexico City Barrio Giuliani Couldn't Conquer

    A decade after Rudy Giuliani was asked for advice on how to clean up Mexico City, his recommendations have borne some fruit. Now you can walk the streets of the historic center at night and find trendy bars inhabited by turistas, hipsters, and local chilangos alike…

  • Riding the Bitcoin Bubble in Panama

    I flew from San Francisco to Panama City with less than $200 in my bank account. But I didn't worry about my lack of funds, because I had a stockpile of bitcoins that could support the high life down south.

  • Searching for Forrest Fenn's Gold

    In 2010, cancer-stricken millionaire Forrest Fenn buried a chest containing three million dollars worth of treasure somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe. Clues to the chest’s whereabouts are hidden in the text of a memoir and poem he published that same year. Thousands ha…

  • An Open Letter to the Worst Wax Museum in America

    Dear Hollywood Wax Museum, I visited your Los Angeles location and was disappointed with what I saw. Upon entering, I was greeted by your Tom Hanks in Castaway waxwork. I have never seen Castaway, so there may be a scene in which Tom Hanks becomes blind in one eye.

  • I Went Tornado Chasing with a Bunch of Storm Enthusiasts

    There was a moment a couple of days ago while being blasted in the face by a 50 mph concoction of dust, manure, and hail that I thought, Enjoy yourself, you're on vacation. I was storm chasing in the Midwest. This was the result of an unhealthy appreciation for the film …

  • I Went to an Abandoned Nazi Ranch

    I'm a total coward, but when approached to visit a Nazi bunker in the canyons of Los Angeles, I leapt at the opportunity to finally be a man.

  • Dining for Free at the Venice Biennale

    Eating free food during the intense press preview week of the 55th Venice Biennale requires work. You need to plan weeks ahead and RSVP (with the PR agencies, embassies, institutions, or other national pavilion organizers). With that one skill, you could easily hit 25 parties a d…

  • How to Become an International Soccer Coach

    Matthew Conrad was a man with a dream: he wanted to coach an international soccer team. The one tiny issue was that he'd never coached a soccer team before—not a school team, not a squad of paunchy, hungover men slumping their way into a park on a Saturday morning, and definitely…

  • Wild Things

    The Wolfman

    Eighty-year-old Werner Freund would rather be a wolf than a man. He's been raising and living with wild wolves in Germany for the last 30 years and considers them his family. Last January, Gersin Paya from VICE Germany and a small crew drove to the town of Merzig to meet Werner a…

  • Nazis Were Once Tortured in the Heart of Kensington, London

    Today, the London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea are not places for riffraff tourists like you. It's for sultans, sheikhs, and oligarchs. But did you know it used to be home to a gargantuan torture facility? There the British subjected captured Nazis to Gulag-level torment an…