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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 →

HOW TO: Prepare for Adventure Trips & Treks the Globetrooper Way

Prepare for Tough Adventure Trips & Treks

Most of us avid travellers are fit enough to enjoy most adventure treks. Maybe we’re not ultramarathon’ers, and maybe we can’t do 100 military pushups without stopping (hey, there’s a challenge), but you know, we tend to take care of ourselves because we love to … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Choose a Backpack for RTW Travel

How To Choose a Backpack for RTW Travel

This isn’t one of those ‘How To Choose a Backpack‘ guides that presents millions of options for hundreds of scenarios. No, instead, I want to give you very few options based on my personal experience with just one scenario, round-the-world (RTW) travel. No matter how … Continue reading →

The Science Behind Venomous Snake Bites

Science of Venomous Snake Bites

Snakes primarily use their venom to debilitate and digest prey. Sure, humans aren’t prey for most venomous snakes, but the toxins work on us in the same way. I mention this because if you keep in mind that venom is intended to secure food, its excessive effects make … Continue reading →

Intrepid Travel vs Gap Adventures – Review

Intrepid Travel vs Gap Adventures - Review

It’s easy to get carried away with customer reviews on the world wide web. I’m one of the worst culprits; I pore incessantly over reviews before I commit to anything. And although conducting these silent surveys is oddly empowering, they become debilitating as you find conflicting … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Actually Get Cheap Flights Using Airline Frequent Flyer Programs – Part 1

Cheap Flights

First thing you have to realise is this: Airlines offer frequent flyer programs because they are massively profitable. And since they’re profitable, the average consumer is losing out. But a rare few travellers do actually benefit from them. So I’m going to tell you exactly … Continue reading →