Appalachian Trail Resources

Appalachian Trail barn

In preparation for my 2019 Appalachian Trail thru-hike I came across many useful resources. I don’t claim this list is complete, but I believe it is the most comprehensive one online. Regardless of your experience level, I’d be surprised if you can’t find something new here to interest you.

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: 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 ]