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January, 2016

  • 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 first year, I worked for nearly a dozen hosts. While volunteering can be amazing, at other times it’s a nightmare. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using Workaway. What is Workaway Workaway is a site where volunteers from around the world can …

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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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  • 6 December

    Why You Must Become an Authentic Thai Massage Therapist

    Authentic Thai Massage Therapy is not a luxury. It’s a part of life. Receiving a Thai massage at least once a week has therapeutic benefits beyond what you might imagine. Opening up the energy lines of the body is not just relaxing, but also increases a resistance to illnesses, allows you to sleep better, improves flexibility and a host of …

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  • 1 December

    Cliff Jumping at the Chiang Mai Grand Canyon

    Chiang Mai Grand Canyon

    Jumping off the 10-15 meter high cliff into a water-filled quarry was one of the most adventurous activities I’ve engaged upon this year. It’s not for the faint of heart, but is something everyone should try at least once. Update: This point was written after my first visit in 2015. The information has been updated in 2017, and I’ve crossed …

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November, 2015

  • 30 November

    Conquering the Doi Suthep Jungle

    Sunset in Second Doi Suthep Hike

    I wasn’t going to let my story of getting lost in the Doi Suthep jungle end the way it did. What kind of adventurer would I be if I gave up like that? No, the only solution was to get back into that jungle and find where I went wrong. Success! My friend Gwen and I started out from Old Town Chiang …

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  • 28 November

    Why Hang Street Performers Are Best

    Hang Street Performer Istanbul

    The Hang, also known as a hang drum or handpan, is a new instrument in the street musician scene. Hang street performers have produced some of the most incredible shows I’ve seen, and I’m always on the lookout for more. My first introduction to the Hang was in Brussels, Belgium. I was invited to a couchsurfing event and had no idea …

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  • 23 November

    A Guide to Eating Ice Cream Internationally

    Barcelona Tourist Loving Ice Cream

    I might be considered obsessive when it comes to eating ice cream. As if there were such a thing. I’ve averaged eating ice cream at least once a day this year, and I was eating three gelatos a day in Italy. In my travels, I’ve learned that ice cream is not always ice cream. Certainly don’t confuse Italian gelato with it. Turkey might …

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  • 9 November

    Getting Lost in a Jungle in Thailand

    Lost in a Jungle in Thailand

    This is a story about how I got lost in a jungle in Thailand. It might better be called “Why You Shouldn’t Get Lost in a Jungle in Thailand!” The story begins when another blogger (Celia of, her friend and I decided to ride a motorcycle (just one) up to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and then hike up to …

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  • 8 November

    How to Visit Cambodia from Bangkok

    Kingdom of Cambodia Entrance

    Cambodia is an interesting country. It’s not as famous as Thailand as a destination for tourists, but it still attracts several million visitors a year. Most of the country is rural and raw. In contrast, the main cities are designed around foreigners. Oddly enough, the main currency of Cambodia is the American dollar. There were definitely some things I didn’t like about Cambodia, …

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  • 4 November

    An Adventure Exploring Angkor Wat on Halloween

    Sunrise Over Angkor Wat

    Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and has been on my bucket list for years. It was a no-brainer I would picket it as my destination for Halloween 2015. My day in Angkor Wat began before 5 AM. A friend and I had rented a room in a guesthouse in Siem Reap, the town closest to …

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October, 2015

  • 29 October

    What Wat Pho Massage School is Like

    Just completed my first day at the Wat Pho Massage School. I’m hooked. Not only am I very excited to add Thai massage to my repertoire of skills for helping others, the massage I received afterwards was literally Skye-shattering! Wat Pho is one of Thailand’s oldest temples and regarded as the best of the royal-grade temples in Bangkok. There you will find a 46-foot reclining Buddha, …

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  • 23 October

    Did Helsinki Just Become My Favorite City?

    Sunset in Helsinki

    All year I’ve been saying that Edinburgh is my favorite city in the world. Then I arrived in Helsinki. What the hell? Sure it’s expensive, but so is Edinburgh. Don’t worry, I’m still planning to spend a few months in Edinburgh next year. But I might be spending a month or two in Finland too. I’ve always thought of Finland …

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  • 21 October

    You Can’t Rush Perfection at Siam Wisdom

    Siam Wisdom Dining

    Recently I had the honor of being selected by Siam Wisdom for a cooking class with their lead chef. Then I had a full dinner there. Now I have a new standard for Thai food. Siam Wisdom was originally established in 2014 in a rustic wooden house built over 90 years ago. Mr. Christian Johann Jadpradit Kostner, the Iron (head) Chef, …

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