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
In 2019, I successfully completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, starting April 22 at Amicalola Falls in Georgia and ending August 24 on Mount Katahdin in Maine. I follow multiple online thru-hiking groups and people often ask about costs, mileage, time, etc. so since I tracked all of that I thought I would summarize it for anyone interested. Want to track your own … [ Read more ]
For better or worse, mobile phones have become an indispensable piece of gear for most hikers. While you can use the camera and your favorite guidebook offline, having phone and Internet service can be helpful as well. Getting WiFi in towns and hiker hostels should be relatively easy but mobile service will depend on both the service provider (carrier) and the phone that you use. Carrier … [ Read more ]
I recently spent three weeks traveling around Northern Laos. Here is my itinerary, some notes and travel tips and my budget breakdown.
As I explore my own digital nomad life, I learn useful tips and tricks to be more effective and efficient.
Updated December 6, 2019 Though this blog—and thus this article—is focused on travel and location independence, the advice I will offer regarding passwords should be useful for anyone trying to protect a computer or online activity. How Do Our Password Protections Fail? It might seem a bit negative to start with the weaknesses of passwords, but the fact is that passwords are a security measure, … [ Read more ]
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 ]
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 ]
I am always on the hunt for tips and tricks to travel better (find cheaper flights, stay safe on the road, etc.)
Buying the perfect digital camera is tough because there are so many good choices. Here is everything you need to know to make the best purchase.
Packing is a chore that depends on your lifestyle, your destination, your planned activities and the amount of time you will be traveling. Here is a comprehensive list of 300+ items that should cover most travel situations. The idea is not to pack every item listed here but rather to create a customized list for each trip you take, while hopefully getting occasional “oh, I … [ Read more ]
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 ]
I am mildly obsessed with street art and try to get photos of it everywhere I go.
Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I took in Singapore. If you are interested in visiting this city state, check out my detailed Singapore travel guide. [embed-google-photos-album link="https://photos.app.goo.gl/AkaRaaVUUfCEF78L7" slideshow-delay=4]
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 ]
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. [embed-google-photos-album link="https://photos.app.goo.gl/SpyEqCYXwcvRwHPF9" slideshow-delay=4]
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.
In a world of constant change and flux where being in the moment seems increasingly harder to attain, there is also something about the notion of traveling along a pathway–under our own power–that reconnects us, and indeed binds together all humanity.
When people ask me what’s next I usually say “I don’t know.” Because I don’t. Because we rarely do anyhow, but when we choose a life that is so flexible, we know even less. All we have instead is the bag that is with us, the shoes on our feet, and the brainpower that pushes us to be what we want to be.
Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.
The pleasure of travel increases in direct proportion to the decrease of baggage.
Tourism enables people to contemplate the beauty of God in his creation and, through contact with others, helps to intensify mutual dialogue and acquaintance. Travel can thus compensate for the lack of human contact that is often felt in daily life.
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
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 ]
“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 ]