I recently discovered the pleasures of long-distance hiking (I have always enjoyed day hikes) and completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2019. I hope to add the Pacific Crest Trail, Camino de Santiago and some other long trails in the future.
Introduction Let me start by saying I am NOT an expert on satellite communication or personal location devices. I'm just a hiker who wanted to know what device was best for my PCT thru-hike and went down the rabbit hole of research (Google, YouTube, FB hiking groups) to find out. What I found was that there are many reviews of specific devices and some comparison reviews … [ Read more ]
Here is a list of well-regarded hiking gear companies. It is far from exhaustive and I am sure I have left out some good brands, but it is a good place to start if you are new to long-distance hiking and are feeling a bit overwhelmed. Some of these are big brand names found in stores, some are independent but do sell through Amazon, and … [ Read more ]
Planning to thru-hike or section hike the PCT? I hope you will find this collection of Pacific Crest Trail resources useful for preparing. Please note that I am mostly including only PCT-related links here but I also have a more general long-distance hiking resources page as well that you should definitely check out. If you are also interested in someday hiking … [ 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.
Travel packing depends on your lifestyle, your destination, your planned activities and the amount of time you will be traveling. Here is a comprehensive travel packing list with 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 didn’t … [ 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'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.
Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.
No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.
He who does not travel does not know the value of men.
A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.
As I explore my own digital nomad life, I learn useful tips and tricks to be more effective and efficient.
You are probably using some WordPress plugins already, but perhaps you are missing out on some others that can improve your site and blogging skills considerably. That’s understandable since there are so many thousands to choose from and since there are some great plugins that do things you didn’t even know you might want to or be able to do. Here is a list of … [ Read more ]
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 ]
Here are three ways you can automatically query Google's PageSpeed Insights (with Lighthouse and CrUX) to monitor and improve the speed of your site.
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]
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
I recently spent three weeks traveling around Northern Laos. Here is my itinerary, some notes and travel tips and my budget breakdown.
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.
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.
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
Last Updated: July 18, 2020 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 … [ 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 ]