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 …

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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 …

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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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How To Minimize Your Theft Exposure While Abroad (Part 1)

I recently visited Quito, Ecuador, a place notorious for crime and petty theft, especially against travelers. Practically everyone I have met who has visited Quito has either been robbed, seen a robbery, or had a friend be robbed. I am no exception, as my buddy …

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What I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling: The Rest Of The Story

Holy canoli! Did you just see the response from 50 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling? There were literally hundreds of years of traveling behind all of those gems. No wonder, then, as to date it has been re-tweeted more than 150 …

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50 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling

What do you wish you knew when you started traveling? “I wish I’d known much sooner how feasible slow travel can really be—taking your time makes travel inexpensive and much more rewarding. Every day tends to bring new challenges, but that’s a good thing. Travel is …

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