17 September 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Limiting Travel For The Sake Of Maximizing It

I wouldn’t classify myself as a ‘travel blogger’. I really have little interest in being one. By that I mean I simply do not want to travel to places for 1 week stays in hotels, get city tours, massages, dinners, and take pictures and videos of myself doing it… even if companies pay me to [...]

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07 October 2012 ~ 7 Comments

How I Stayed In São Paulo Brazil For Free (And How You Can Too)

Fresh off that massive post covering my recent trip to Brazil, I want to tell you how I stayed in the city of São Paulo for free. I was there a total of 4 days including a weekend, and stayed in my own private room for free. I did this in one of the most [...]

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22 July 2012 ~ 8 Comments

Is Brazil Expensive? (My Findings From The Southern Region)

One of the primary things I was curious about before I decided to go on this blitz through southern Brazil was the cost of living in the country. Rumor had it that Brazil was ridiculously expensive. Some articles I read recommended a budget of $100 per day. Others told me that São Paulo and Rio [...]

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11 July 2012 ~ 7 Comments

I Hate Hostels. I Love Hostels.

These past few weeks I found myself back in hostels for the first time in awhile. I hate hostels. When I walk in the front door carrying my suitcase, I have to navigate narrow walking spaces and doorways, side-stepping to people can get by, and doing nothing less than leg presses as I walk up [...]

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27 May 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Hello Asúncion, Paraguay

It should be obvious by now if you read this blog (subscribe to the RSS here) that one big thing I am interested in these days is finding places to live. I tend to travel slowly, and in fact, do not like the actual experience of travel days– the flights, the buses, the luggage, the [...]

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11 April 2012 ~ 5 Comments

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 a higher standard of living, partially due to exchange rates. [...]

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12 February 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Why You Should Absolutely Positively Take Your Precious MacBook Abroad

Once upon a time, I had a gear page on this blog. On my gear page, I explained how a Macbook laptop, a scanner, and Evernote have drastically reduced my paper consumption and have consolidated my technical belongings. I scrapped the gear page after it was the lowest performing page in my first several months [...]

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12 January 2012 ~ 7 Comments

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 your life? Some people may view going abroad as a [...]

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26 November 2011 ~ 6 Comments

Cuenca Ecuador For Upstart Travelers

As I mentioned in my post about my costs of living in Ecuador, I spent 6 weeks this fall living in a town called Cuenca. If you haven’t heard of Cuenca, you obviously have not been reading US international retirements magazines, because the city is a hotspot for older US expats and retirees. It is [...]

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13 July 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Santa Marta: Why I Might Spend More Time Around It, But Probably Not In It. Plus, A Laughing Crocodile.

I visited Santa Marta during my coastal stretch of my first trip to Colombia, and the first thing you will notice in Santa Marta is the heat. It’s really hot along the Caribbean coast in Colombia… It’s hot in Cartagena. No surprise, then, it’s hot in Santa Marta… So plan on sweat and lots of [...]

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