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February, 2016

  • 9 February

    Exploring the West Hylebos Wetlands in Federal Way

    West Hylebos Wetlands

    West Hylebos Wetlands is located in Federal Way, 20 miles south of Seattle, Washington. It’s not the biggest park in the area, but the 120 acres make large enough to enjoy for a couple hours. Currently it’s only two blocks away from where I’m staying, so I’ve visited more than once in the past couple weeks. The park, open from …

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  • 4 February

    Why Orcas Island the Most Beautiful Place in the USA

    Selfie at Mt Constitution Lookout

    For my first trip of my second year of travel, my host Kristin and I drove up to Whidbey Island to visit her brother Tyler and sister-in-law Jocelyn. The whole weekend was a blast, but the highlight was our day trip to Orcas Island. For many years when I was little, my mom and I made an annual trip to Orcas Island. …

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January, 2016

  • 31 January

    My Second Year of Travel Begins with Homemade Sushi

    Homemade Sushi Floral Display

    I’ve just started my second year of travel with one of the best dinners ever – homemade sushi! Lots of it. Made to perfection and by a true artist of a chef. For the past week I’ve been staying with a fellow traveler, Kristin, in Federal Way, Washington just south of Seattle. On Friday, we drove up to Oak Harbor on …

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  • 29 January

    Day 365: What A Year of Travel Looks Like – By the Numbers

    Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary

    Today is my one year anniversary for traveling internationally. When I look back at how far I’ve come in 365 days, it’s a little humbling. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers this year. 35 Countries Europe (28) Serbia Slovakia Spain Sweden Turkey United Kingdom Vatican City   Asia (5) Cambodia China Hong Kong Malaysia Thailand North America (2) Canada United …

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  • 27 January

    My Adventures in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Three King's Monument, Chiang Mai

    I initially didn’t bother writing a blog post about Chiang Mai, for why would I when it’s one of the top two digital nomad cities in the world (along with Medellín, Columbia), and every other blogger has already written about it? However, I now have time to fill in the gaps of my blog, and I’m realizing my story there …

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  • 22 January

    My Favorite Place I Traveled To in 2015

    Favorite Place in the World

    Whenever anyone asks, I say that my favorite place is Edinburgh. The truth is Edinburgh is my favorite city, but the world “place” is really general. I have a lot of favorite places. I’ll try to break it down here into specifics. Favorite City First, I should clarify why Edinburgh is my favorite city. It’s easy to simply say Edinburgh is …

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  • 19 January

    Albania is the Cheapest Country in My Travels

    In 2015, I visited 35 countries on three continents. I traveled on a budget and tried to stick to the cheaper ones. Southeast Asia was cheap, but the cheapest country was Albania! I’ve just finished getting my accounting in order for 2015. Wow. Among other things, in the three weeks I stayed in Albania I spent a whopping $210. Comparatively, the average price paid …

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  • 17 January

    How I Saved Hundreds on my Flight from Bangkok

    Impossible Plane Ticket

    In 2015, I managed to get an impossible plane ticket from Bangkok to Los Angeles for $450 dollars. The story behind it is quite impressive, as it went against all “known” data about booking flights. Earlier, I wrote a detailed post on how to save money on flights. This story is how I applied the data myself and won. Originally, my plan for …

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  • 14 January

    My Adventure with Zanzibara Campground via Workaway

    Zanzibara Campground

    I recently wrote a post on volunteering with Workaway and I realized I never finished the post on one of my favorite Workaway experiences in Riga, Latvia at the Zanzibara Campground. It was my first Workaway since Albania. Traveling through thirteen countries in two months didn’t give me a lot of time to spend in one place. I tried to work for the hostel …

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  • 13 January

    Hostel Reservations: To Book or Not to Book

    Hostel Reservations

    Hostel reservations are something I’ve gone back and forth on several times in my travels. At one point I didn’t want to support booking websites instead of hostels themselves by making hostel reservations in advance. Six hours walking around Prague in 42° weather finding that the first eighteen hostels were fully booked changed that. Toward the beginning of my travels, I was …

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  • 7 January

    Canadian Road Trip: Final Country of 2015 (#35)

    Canadian Road Trip

    Just before Christmas I counted up the number of countries I had been to this year, and what I thought was 35 turned out to be 34. A Canadian road trip was the perfect remedy. On December 29, I drove up to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with my dad. Two days later we left with plenty of adventures under our …

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  • 4 January

    Inadvertent Haggling Works Every Time

    Inadvertent Haggling for Coconut Ice Cream

    While in Thailand, I developed a style of haggling I call “inadvertent haggling.” The benefit of this style is it has worked for me every time without fail. I call it the inadvertent haggle because I did it several times without intending to. I just couldn’t help it as a budget traveler. When you walk around with just a few pennies …

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December, 2015

  • 21 December

    Toilets Around the World Aren’t All the Same

    Toilets Around the World, La Spezia

    I don’t think Americans realize how good they have it when they go to the bathroom in America. Toilets around the world are a far cry from standard. While most developed countries at least have toilet paper (sometimes), in other places you might have to improvise. This is not your usual blog post, but it might help to lessen your culture shock when …

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  • 15 December

    Is Workaway Worth It for a Budget Traveler?

    Workaway Hostel in Rotterdam

    I was introduced to Workaway in my first couple weeks of international travel. In the past year, I’ve worked for nearly a dozen hosts. While the service can be amazing, at other times it’s the far opposite. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of volunteering in your travels using Workaway. What is Workaway is a site where …

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  • 11 December

    What it Really Means to Be Homeless and Free

    Skye Class, aka Homeless Man, at Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

    Someone recently asked me what I thought about the homeless situation in America. Well, I don’t have a house anywhere, I don’t currently call any country home and I don’t have a home base for my travels. Does that make me a homeless man? One thing I do know is Earth is my home. “Home is where your rump rests.” …

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