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


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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Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore is a clean, green and modern city with a surprisingly large number of things to see and do. Here is my guide for what you need to know to make the most of your visit, including recommended sights, and information about transportation options, budgeting, how long to visit, staying connected, food options and more.

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Changsha Travel Guide: My Travel Itinerary, Budget, Tips and Observations

About a year ago there was a big AirAsia sale and I got a great price on a direct flight from Chiang Mai to Changsha, China. I knew nothing about Changsha or the surrounding area (Hunan province) and this would be my first trip anywhere in China. As it turns out, the nearby cities of Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang make for a great 1-2 week … [ Read more ]

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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.

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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Online (Cloud) Syncing

Cloud syncing services are all the rage—and for good reason. They are especially useful for keeping important files synced across multiple computers and for securely backing up and storing your files online. Many of them also offer the ability to share files and collaborate with others. In this post I list features worth considering and present the competing offerings. Besides including what I think are … [ Read more ]

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How to Score 100 on Google PageSpeed Insights: More Lessons Learned

Last year I took a very deep dive to learn all I could about improving page speed for a WordPress site. I wrote a massive (20,000+ words) page speed optimization guide to share what I learned and if you haven’t already read that, I recommend doing so before reading this article (which is also huge at 10,000+ words). My original goal was to make that … [ Read more ]

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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 ]

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

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 communications infrastructure, the reality on the ground is quite different, at least from a foreign visitor’s perspective. In fact, while they practically give away prepaid SIM cards in … [ Read more ]

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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 ]

Street Art

I am mildly obsessed with street art and try to get photos of it everywhere I go.

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Street Art: Singapore

Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I took in Singapore.

Street art - Vienna, Austria

Street Art: Vienna, Austria

Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I took in Vienna, which turns out to be one of the best cities for such art that I have visited (other tops spots include: Valparaíso and Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Bogotá, Colombia; Madrid, Spain; … [ Read more ]

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Street Art: Paraguay

Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I took in Paraguay back in late 2011. I never got around to posting them back then so here goes.

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.

Lord Chesterfield

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one’s self to be acquainted with it.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Only own what you can carry with you; let your memory be your travel bag.

Franz Kafka

The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.

Jennifer Miller

Travel humanizes the rest of the world. It makes people we see on the evening news our friends. It turns sanitized, carefully edited documentaries into hot, sticky, spicy, tasty, uncomfortable, beautiful, noisy, colorful realities with complexities that aren’t summed up nicely between commercial breaks. It also allows us to see ourselves differently, through the eyes of the people on the other side of that border … [ Read more ]

Nelson Mandela

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

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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How to Create an Anki Deck from a Google Sheets Spreadsheet

I have used Anki for years. It is a very popular and powerful program with an active community. Although one of Anki’s most useful features is the ability to download study material created by others in the community, you will probably want to create your own study materials. You can do so by creating new entries directly in Anki, but if you are like me, … [ Read more ]

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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 ]