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Peculiarities of Berlin, Germany

Strange Berlin Germany

So far, we love Berlin. It’s right up there, next to Montreal, as one of our favourite cities on Earth. What makes both special is that people seem liberated enough to do their own thing. They don’t seem under the big brother spell, opposed to … Continue reading →

Finding Medium-Term Accommodation

Medium-Term Accommodation

By far, the most difficult thing about long-term travel is finding medium-term accommodation. Sure, just affording to travel is tough enough, but for us, finding cheap apartments is miles tougher. In fact, we’ve never contemplated returning home due to financial troubles, but we have absolutely considered … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Setup Your MacBook for Travel

Macbook Travel Setup

Do you have 20+ items in your MacBook dock, hundreds of random files on your desktop, and a backpack full of external hard drives? Let me guess, you haven’t rebuilt your MacBook in 3 years either. Never fear, we’ve devised a way to keep your … Continue reading →

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) Makes Me Unhappy

Happy Planet Index

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is an attempt to change how we measure the well-being of different countries. It challenges our current use of income-based measures such as GDP per capita. The idea of the Happy Planet Index makes me pretty happy. Even the UK … Continue reading →

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 →