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January, 2016

  • 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 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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