Analyzing My Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike — Expenses and Statistics

Mt Katahdin

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.

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Getting the Best Mobile Phone Service

Mobile Phone Phone Apple Equipment

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.

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A One Day, DIY Motorbike Trip in Vang Vieng

Laos Vang Vieng Ban Phatang 150x150 - A One Day, DIY Motorbike Trip in Vang Vieng

If you visit Vang Vieng you will see countless guest houses and travel agencies offering a variety of tours. But there are also plenty of places renting motorbikes and doing so is a good way to get out of town to visit some spots on your own.

Singapore Travel Guide

Gardens by the Bay Super Trees

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.

Street Art: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Street art - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I took in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I only had an afternoon to wander around the city and I didn’t do any research ahead of time so I have no idea if I missed out on some better areas for art or not.

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Street Art: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Street art - Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I took in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I only had a day to spend in Mostar and it seems fairly small so I didn’t find that many pieces of art, though more may exist in the outskirts of town.

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Street Art: Zagreb, Croatia

Street art - Zagreb, Croatia

Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I took in Zagreb, Croatia. I was pleasantly surprised with the number of interesting pieces I came across. The most abundant source I found was along the wall on the main street the travels between the bus station and the train station.

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Street Art: Penang, Malyasia

Street art - Penang

Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I took in Penang, Malaysia, which is pretty well-known for street art thanks to a government sponsored project a number of years ago. After the success of that first project, the government sponsored more art, this time a series of steel rod pieces scattered around the city. When you visit Penang, … [ Read more ]

Street Art: Japan

Street art - Japan

Continuing to highlight my fascination with street art of all kinds, here are photos I took in Japan over several trips. Japan isn’t a great country for street art, perhaps because it is so clean and orderly? Certainly not because there is a lack of artistic talent.

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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. Because a lot of the art is spread around town it doesn’t immediately seem like a good city for street art, but with more than 250 photos collected so far, it is in fact one of the richest sources I have come … [ Read more ]

Changsha Travel Guide: My Travel Itinerary, Budget, Tips and Observations

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

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 ]