To See The World Or To Find Something

The other day I was prowling around the interwebs for some info on a certain city I am interested in visiting. Unfortunately, all I really could find in my short search was a bunch of pages written by travelers who blab on about how their …

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Life After 6 Months In Medellin

The other day I had to go in to get my tourist visa renewed in Medellin. They had given me 90 days upon entry, which means I’ve spent 3 months this year in Medellin (already!). Combined with last year’s 3 months, that means I have …

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Four Caricatures Of Geo-Arbitrage (Or, How Your Travel Lifestyle Can Determine Your Costs)

Geo-arbitrage is the idea that you can earn money in one part of the world and spend it in another. If you do this, often you will find that your dollars (or pounds / euros / francs / krone) go further, and you can afford …

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Guide To Livemocha: How To Effectively Use The World’s Largest Language Learning Community

In my journey to learn Spanish, I have used a lot of different resources, figuring out which ones are the most helpful, and which ones are a large waste of time. One resource I have used extensively is Livemocha, and today I’m going to tell …

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Why I Am Going To Colombia… Again

Well hello, Colombia, it’s nice to see you again. I recently returned to the city of Medellin, Colombia for what I expect to be a stellar multi-month stay in the country. Medellin, to me, is such a cool place. It’s what I call super-liveable, a …

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What Tables Do You Want To Sit At?

I was listening to a podcast the other day and one idea really struck me. They (Dan and Ian) mentioned, almost in passing, something about “what you bring to the table” and what that means, and then re-evaluating the question in terms of “what tables …

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10 Reasons You Should Go Abroad This Year

In 2011, I made the leap and spent an extended time abroad, mostly in Colombia and a little bit in Ecuador. Here are 10 reasons you should go abroad this year: 1. You will love it. What is better than having the best time of …

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How To Minimize Your Theft Exposure While Abroad (Part 2)

Previously, I wrote about the first step in minimizing your theft exposure while abroad: minimize your chances of being robbed at all. Now we move on to the second step… Step 2: Minimize The Stuff That Can Be Robbed This is a step, which if …

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Breakdown of My Monthly Costs Of Living In Cuenca Ecuador

So, I spent 6 weeks living in one of the principal cities of Ecuador, Cuenca. Cuenca is located in southern Ecuador, a little bit towards the east. It is an old city with a rich history and a lot of old architecture. It’s no surprise …

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