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Tips for traveling better and working smarter. For travelers, digital nomads, and location independent professionals.

Digital Nomad Tips

As I explore my own digital nomad life, I learn useful tips and tricks to be more effective and efficient.

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How to Choose the Best Web Hosting for Your WordPress Blog or Website


Choosing a web hosting company is either fairly easy or a big headache depending on the number and type of sites you want to host and the specifics of your technical requirements. Factors will include amount of traffic, CPU and memory requirements (based on traffic, but also on how optimized your site is), how much disk space and bandwidth you need (hosting tons of photos, … [ Read more ]

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How to Score 100 on Google PageSpeed Insights: A Complete Guide to Optimizing Your WordPress Site Performance and Speed


Regardless of your knowledge level, I hope this guide will give you a better understanding of what’s involved in optimizing a WordPress site’s speed and performance. I will also show you ways to improve your site enough to ace Google’s demanding PageSpeed Insights test.

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How to Setup a Development Version of Your WordPress Site on Your Computer


Whether you are developing a new WordPress site or planning to make any kind of significant change to an existing one, having a development version on your laptop can be immensely helpful, especially for safely testing new plugins, modifying your theme, and testing new updates to make sure they don’t break your site. Having this local setup also lets you work on your site even … [ Read more ]

Traveling Better

I am always on the hunt for tips and tricks to travel better (find cheaper flights, stay safe on the road, etc.)

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My Latest Backpack: An Osprey Farpoint Series Review (40, 55, 70)


I started off my lengthy travels with an Osprey Porter 46. Even though it was a good bag, its harness wasn’t good enough for my style of travel. After looking for a replacement pack, I ended up split between the Osprey Waypoint and the Deuter Quantum 55+10. Ultimately, I chose the latter, and it proved to be … [ Read more ]

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Powering and Charging Your Electronic Devices on the Road


[toc] Travel Adapters, Converters and USB Chargers Some countries have different electrical outlet standards than your home country, both in the type of plug used and the amount of AC voltage and frequency. Most operate either at 110V or 220V (plus or minus) and have one standard plug, but occasionally this can vary inside the country as well. Wikipedia has a page detailing the values and … [ Read more ]

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The Best Digital Camera: A Buying Guide


Buying a camera is one of the toughest purchase decisions to make due to incredible competition and an overwhelming number of features to consider. One way to approach buying a new camera is to consider six broad criteria:Size and type of camera Are you looking for a subcompact, compact, ultra-zoom compact, waterproof, bridge, DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) or some hybrid (alternatively known as … [ Read more ]

Tourism

There are many great blogs out there for eye-candy and useful information about travel destinations so I don't focus on this very often, but I do have a few hopefully useful posts, including my budget breakdowns for Central America and South America

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My Myanmar (Burma) Travel Guide: Itinerary, Tips and Budget Breakdown


I recently finished three weeks traveling in Myanmar and I thought it might be helpful to offer some helpful hints and observations, detail my itinerary and provide a detailed breakdown of my expenditures.

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My Travel Costs in Philippines: Itinerary and Budget Breakdown


Since I recently finished a full month of traveling in the Philippines I thought it might be helpful to provide a detailed summary of my expenses there, along with my full itinerary and a few travel observations.

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Staying Connected in Japan: Phone and Internet Options for Your Trip to the Land of the Rising Sun


Are you planning a trip to Japan and hoping to use a phone, tablet or laptop while there? There’s some good news and bad news. Japan, I Love You But… I’ve lived a year in Japan and visited multiple times since then. I really love the country, its people and the culture. But, while Japan has long been considered an example of high-tech progress and advanced mobile … [ Read more ]

Language Learning

Over the years I have studied Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, and Thai. I don't write frequently on this topic, but I do run two resource sites, one for learning Spanish and one for learning Japanese. I also have written a very extensive overview of how to learn a language

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Thoughts on Learning the Thai Language after One Year


“Everyday, Thais see me studying Thai, reading books in Thai, writing Thai, etc. And they always ask, ‘is it fun to learn Thai?’ And I tell them, ‘NO, it ain’t fun and it hasn’t been fun even a single day of learning this language.’ In fact, early on I’d rather have teeth pulled without anesthetic any day of the week than invest more time studying … [ Read more ]

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Free Thai Language Learning Resources and Materials


I don’t consider myself especially talented with languages, but I do enjoy learning them. In fact, I have written a fairly comprehensive look at how to study languages. I find it useful to investigate the free sources available to help learn a language, whether you plan to study with a teacher or not. For the past year I have been living in Chiang Mai, … [ Read more ]

Travel Quotations

I'm an avid reader and I like to collect quotations that inspire or educate. I do that for my business site and I do it for travel as well. I actually have collected a great many quotations but I have only recently started adding them to the site so check back regularly for more.

Augustus Hare


Better far off to leave half the ruins and nine-tenths of the churches unseen and to see well the rest; to see them not once, but again and often again; to watch them, to learn them, to live with them, to love them, till they have become a part of life and life’s recollections.

Jeff Goins


You won’t always be young. And life won’t always be just about you. So travel, young person. Experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion. While you still can.[...]And if you’re not as young as you’d like (few of us are), travel anyway. It may not be easy or practical, but it’s worth it. Traveling allows you … [ Read more ]

Carson McCullers


We are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.

Ernest Hemingway


I had an inheritance from my father It was the moon and the sun And though I roam all over the world The spending of it's never done.From For Whom the Bell Tolls (Gypsy Rafael singing)

Stephanie Dandan


We travel not just to travel and marvel at people, places, things. That's not just it. That was never just it for us. We travel to learn, to experience, and to feel all the spectrums of being human in this world.We feel the most alive when we're out there. Living nomadically with nothing but our possessions in a backpack and moving as our only … [ Read more ]