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.
As I explore my own digital nomad life, I learn useful tips and tricks to be more effective and efficient.
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 ]
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 ]
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.
The more planned our experience becomes, the more we include in it only what "interests" us. We exclude the exotic world beyond our ken: the very world which would jar our experience, and which we most need to make us more human.
Travel is a great way to counter confirmation bias. Chances are, people in a different country will think differently than you. Interactions won’t reinforce your feedback loop. You will be exposed to new ideas and ways of approaching life that can remind you of the options you have when you go back home.
When you explore other cultures and ways of living, you see that there are many definitions of a good life and many ways to be happy. You begin to understand that equality of experience is different from sameness of experience. Not everyone wants what you want. This diversity in how we manifest our goals and desires accounts for differences in everything from personal philosophy to … [ Read more ]
We all have a tendency to generalize from small samples. Our own little world becomes, without the infusion of new experiences, our frame for understanding the entire world. Travel broadens your sample set. You start to really understand the universals of the human condition versus the particulars of the area you occupy.
A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse… and thinks of home.
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 ]