Travel 101: The Shirt off My Back


Here are some additional great tips from Stephen Dennstedt, world traveler and photographer.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Antigua Steve WEB Stephen F. Dennstedt

If you’re going to travel around the world you’re going to get wet. I learned that lesson early as a young Marine serving a combat tour in Vietnam (1967 – 1968). I was always wet in Vietnam. I was either drenched with the torrential monsoon rains or drenched with my sweat in the debilitating heat and humidity. It’s not a matter of whether you’re going to get wet but rather when and how you’re going to get wet.

On March 8, 1965 the Marines came ashore at Red Beach just north of Da Nang. Less than two years later (the first week of January 1967) I landed at the airfield in Da Nang and was then transported farther south to Chu Lai. I found that my all-cotton BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) and all-leather boots quickly mildewed and rotted off my body. Literally.

It took awhile for the…

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