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Don’t Save For Long-Term Travel, It’s Not Worth It

Retirement Travel

For many years, say 15 or so, I was on a path of working hard with the intention of retiring early to travel the world. Long-term travel was essentially my end goal, and I was going to work harder to make it happen sooner. Sound familiar? This … Continue reading →

Round-the-World is the New Black

RTW Travel

Globetrooper is evolving. What was once “a place for people to build trips and travel together” is now also “a place for people to publish their travel plans and coordinate to meet up”. We think this is a great idea. Instead of spending an entire trip … Continue reading →

Amsterdam: More than Smoking Pot in Coffee Shops

Amsterdam

Earlier this summer, a Dutch law was proposed that would not allow tourists to visit coffee shops. This is mostly a response to Amsterdam’s somewhat pervasive reputation as being the pot-smoking and hash-cookie-munching capital of the world. In concert with the Netherlands Board of Tourism … Continue reading →

Best Places To Go in India

places to go india

In India, we learned there’s a gigantic difference between the well worn tourist path and independent exploration. If you follow a guidebook, you can easily become trapped by a world of chore-like sightseeing tours. Bus ? Queue ? Pay ? Look ? Leave = Boring! From … Continue reading →

Holy Duck! There’s a Fish in my Handbag!

Laos Visa Run

I woke up same time, same place, same intention, nothing different, just another day. But Holy Mother of God, today was all sorts of wacky. Not the sort of wacky that puts you in an animal hospital with a missing nipple, but rather the sort that … Continue reading →

The Freakonomics of Gym Membership in India

Freakonomics Indian Gym Membership

Part of my love for travel is seeing how the world really works. If there’s one thing I learned quickly in this regard, it’s that prosperity back home is based on anything BUT better ways of living. Even simple tasks like joining a gym can … Continue reading →

A Day in the Life of a Desert Explorer

Gobi Desert Mongolia

A zipper opening, that’s my wake-up call. No, please, not yet, just ten minutes more. Mornings have never been my strong point. And when you’re faced with walking for 8+ long hours every day for two months, the effort to get up is so, SO … Continue reading →

Cost of Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Cost of Living Thailand

I always thought the cost of living in India would be the lowest on Earth. But after spending only a few weeks there, I started to hear suggestions that Thailand was even cheaper. Could that possibly be? Our cost of living posts have become somewhat … Continue reading →

Cheap Flights the Unconventional (and Easy) Way

Cheap Flights Strategy

When we think of cheap flights, we usually think of scouring the web for hidden deals. Either that, or using frequent flyer points and complex strategies that yield free flights in a few years from now. But there’s an easier way. This may not work … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Solar Power a MacBook

Solar Power Macbook

Why on Earth would anyone want a solar-powered MacBook? Well, for most people, they either want to work in remote areas, throw parties ‘off the grid’, or pursue something creative in the wilderness. For Lauren’s next expedition, the Gobi 2011, she falls into all of … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Plan and Book a Train Trip in India

Plan Book India Rail Train Tickets

I love Indian train travel. The journey itself is always an adventure, and if you’re in the right class, the ride is very comfortable. How many other countries would you visit just to ride the trains? Yes, seriously, it can be that good. But the … Continue reading →

Do I Need Anti-Malaria Tablets?

Do I Need Malaria Tablets?

Malaria is a tricky one. You can’t be vaccinated against it, but it can be cured. Yes, almost one million people die from it every year, but those who do, don’t have access to treatment. There are many ways to try and prevent malaria, but … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Survive an Illegal Tour of San Pedro Prison, Bolivia

San Pedro Prison La Paz Bolivia

Once I arrived in La Paz, it became my sole mission to gain entry into San Pedro Prison; a prison that even the guards don’t enter. From a trip to the police station, to being scammed and giving up hope, to finding a second-wind, and … Continue reading →