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

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

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 ]

Bagan, Myanmar

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.

White Island - Camiguin, Philippines

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.

Digital Nomad Tips

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

PageSpeedGrader test results

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 ]

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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.

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.

Street art - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Street Art: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I have taken around Chiang Mai during multiple visits.Part I Part I

Street art - Austin

Street Art: Austin, Texas

Although I haven't had a true home for many years, Austin was the last place I called home and I usually try to visit on trips back to the U.S. Here are some street art photos I took on three of my last visits (I was there in 2015 as well but didn't take any good photos).Photos Taken in 2010

Street art - England (various locations)

Street Art: England (Various Locations)

Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I took in England (mostly in Manchester) back in late 2012. 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.

Pliny the Younger

We travel long roads and cross water to see what we disregard when it is under our eyes. This is either because nature has so arranged things so that we go after what is far off and remain indifferent to what is nearby, or because any desire loses its intensity by being easily satisfied, or because we postpone whatever we can see whenever we want, … [ Read 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)

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 ]