About Lash

Welcome to my travel life! It’s great to have you here!

Hi! My name is Lash. I’m passionate about traveling the world nomadically, writing about my adventures and the cultures of countries I visit, then sharing them all with you.

I hope to inspire you to travel the world, to entertain you with tales from the road, and to help you reach your travel dreams. Find out more:


My travels in brief:

Way back in 1991 I quit my job in the USA, packed up and moved to Japan. I lived in Kyoto for 6 years, saving money to travel the world. In 1997, mission accomplished, I left Japan and began my world travels in 1998… Fast forward to 2012: still traveling!

That makes 16+ years of travel thus far ! (or 22 years if you count the 6 years I lived in Japan from 1991-1997) Since then I’ve been traveling pretty much continuously, mostly in Asia, but a bit beyond too.

I’ve cycled much of it; climbed many mountains and volcanoes; visited a plethora of museums, artisans factories and galleries; worked as crew on 2 episodes of ‘Survivor’ TV Reality Show; taught scuba diving in 4 Asian countries; done my fair share of clubbing at beach parties, outdoor festivals and big city clubs; attended uncountable performances of traditional dance, music and theater (in large part to send home detailed reports to my dad, the international musicologist); island hopped around Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia

… well, basically immersed myself in the traditional cultures and natural lands of Asia and beyond… In 2011 I took a ‘hiatus’  in Florida to write 3 books and get this travel blog updated. I’m now back on the road for another 10-15 years…

During my solo cycle around Bali, Nov 2010

I’ve created this website to share my adventures with all of you- friends and acquaintances, fellow travelers, family, and anyone else interested in a life of travel. I’ve been keeping detailed journals and stories of my escapades, encounters and adventures, so there’s lots of content to read. Just pick out a country (country tab) or topic: (adventures tab)  (cultural insights)  (travel tips)  (narrative travel tales) you’re interested in and read on…

Travel Fast Facts:   (view more Fast Facts here)

1. I’ve cycled in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Java, Singapore, Nepal, Australia and China
2 .I speak Japanese, Thai, and Bahasa Indonesia/ Malaysian (nearly the same)
3 .I’ve worked on crew of 2 Episodes of ‘Survivor’- Thailand. Amazon.
4 . I have traveled through 25 countries so far.
5. I’m a PADI OWSI Dive Instructor since 2005

6. The country I’d most like to re-visit is Myanmar.
7. I’m going to travel another 10-15 years.
8. I have done: sky diving, bungee jumping, para-sailing, hang-gliding and piloted an airplane 3 times.
9. I’ve driven across the USA twice, from Pittsburgh, PA to  San Fransisco, CA
10.  I once had a 3 Meter python enter my bungalow at night and proceed to eat my kitten!

Lash at Koh Phi Phi viewpoint

Lash at Koh Phi Phi viewpoint

If you’re not familiar with my travels and want to get an in-depth overview of where I’ve been/when check out ‘WORLD TRIP OVERVIEW: 1991-2011′. Otherwise, just dig into the stories. Hope you enjoy them! (please note that I haven’t yet added ALL the stories of the past 20 years but will be regularly adding tales as I have time to re-edit and post them) .

If you and I have traveled/ adventured together, you’re welcome to send me a pic of you/us so I can add it to this website!
My email address: LASHTOUR (at) yahoo.com

Or send via Facebook: LashWorldTour

Lash scuba diving in Thailand

Lash scuba diving in Thailand

Since 2004 I’ve been working around S.E. Asia as a PADI diving professional. I’ve written several posts about diving, including dive guides to Thailand, Malaysia and Bali as well as individual dive site stories. here I also have many excellent underwater photo galleries, with photos from dive pal Viki Kleyer. here

To find any topic, story or photo gallery on this blog, use the ‘search’ box on the right side bar, top.  Alternately, choose the tabs for countries, adventures, cultural insights, travel tips, travel resources, or photo galleries. Finally, scroll down the sidebar to find most popular posts, ’10 Free Things to do in Series’ , ”Travelers’ Interviews’ series,and other categories of post.

To learn more about what’s on this website and where to find it, check: About LashWorldTour

You can follow me on the following social platforms. My handle is ‘LashWorldTour’ on all:

Facebook  /  Twitter  /  Pinterest  /  G+  /  Jalbum – My Photos / LinkedIn  /  VK

You’re welcome to contact me with comments about my tales or website, with pictures of yourself/ us or to ask for info and suggestions about travel to the countries I’m familiar with.
lashtour (at) yahoo.com
Lash World Tour LOGOThanks for coming to join me here! cheers, Lash


Skip to comment form

  1. Karen Justice

    Hola Lash, it was delightful meeting you at Caye Caulker last week. We look forward to your future travels and we may meet again. Karen and Bruce

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hola Karen and Bruce!

      Thanks for stopping by to check out my site.:)

      Hope some times this can help you with your travels – or at least entertain you with stories and photos.

      Great meeting you both, too!

      Keep in touch,

      cheers, Lash

  2. Tyler

    Lash you are my new hero. Your website is a treasure trove of information for aspiring world travelers such as myself. Unfortunately I’m stuck in the military for another four years but hopefully I’ll see you out there when I start my own travels.

    Sincerely, Tyler
    P.S what did you think of Okinawa? I lucked out and got stationed there for a few years. If you haven’t been there yet, definately check out the diving. By far one of the most beautiful places I’ve been.

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Tyler,


      ahh, shucks, thanks! It’s always great to have admirers. And always great to meet other aspiring world travelers. I hope you get out in the world after your military stint is over.

      In Okinawa, I’ve only been to Iriomote. It was awesome! Hardly anyone there, so we had the beaches and reefs and turquoise waters all to ourselves. My 1st tropical Christmas, in fact!

      Thanks for stopping by! cheers, Lash

  3. Nancy

    Wow your story is so inspirational! And it sounds like you have had some crazy adventures? Do you have a blog post about the python that entered your bungalow? So sad to hear about your kitten but I’m curious to hear what happened and how you got it out of your bungalow!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

7 − = one

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>