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

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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Three Weeks in Northern Laos: An Itinerary and Budget Breakdown


I recently spent three weeks traveling around Northern Laos. Here is my itinerary, some notes and travel tips and my budget breakdown.

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Getting from Huay Xai or Luang Namtha to Chiang Mai (Laos to Thailand)


Getting from Luang Namtha, Laos to Chiang Mai, Thailand is not as straightforward as it might seem and can be a challenge to do in one day. Here are your transportation options.

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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.

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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What to Pack: The Ultimate Travel Packing List and Custom List Generator


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 ]

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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 ]

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.

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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.

Christine Gilbert


Over seven years of travel, I have seen almost everyone who started out with us stop traveling. I have seen waves of them, in fact, just one group after another, friends that we made for a season, and then, predictably, they move back home or settle down or get “real” jobs. The online travel community can feel like a thousand friendships rolled into one, but … [ Read more ]

Leah Stewart


To belong nowhere is a blessing and a curse, like any kind of freedom.

Christopher McCandless


The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

Terry Pratchett


Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

Kim McLarin


Where is home? Where do we live? Most Americans have no idea. [...] Most Americans stomp around in one or two small and bolted rooms believing they are home. Believing they know where they live when they’ve never left the doorway. Never examined the foundation. Never been upstairs, or to the kitchen, or to the den.

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 ]