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The Rickshaw Challenge – Drive a Auto Rickshaw Across India

Rickshaw Challenge

The Rickshaw Challenge was conceived in 2006 by Aravind Bremanandam, from Tamil Nadu in India. Aravind’s passion for motor cars and driving led him to setup the challenge of driving Rickshaws across several exciting routes through the cities and countryside of India.

Travel Stunts to Get You Noticed

Travel Stunts

There are so many people travelling round the world, it would be worth your while to make a few car hire comparison and look out for cheap flight deals. While driving and flying are perfectly acceptable ways of seeing other lands they are not the … 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 →

The Cost of Living in Europe (After 8 Months in Asia)

Europe Cost of Living

We just spent 8 months in developing Asian countries living quite cheaply. Before leaving, I wrote that we were somewhat anxious about our impending move to Europe; partly due to cost, but also in dealing with undesirable weather and straight-laced Europeans. Now, after a full … 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 →

Why You Should Live City-to-City in Developing Countries

Living Abroad

Sometimes there’s a little too much talk about how ‘travel has a deeper meaning’. So to lighten the mood, I thought I’d give you five very practical, non-spiritual reasons why you should hit the road and live city-to-city in developing countries. This may sound a little … Continue reading →

Early Journal Entries from the Gobi Desert

Gobi 2011 Expedition

Over the last two weeks since the Gobi 2011 Expedition ended, I’ve been trying to regain normalcy but also some closure. I know I have finished the trek but I feel like I haven’t completed the whole journey yet. So today I went back to … Continue reading →

Returning to the Developed World Makes Us Nervous

Developed Countries

When we left Australia, we started our trip in Canada and slowly made our way to less developed countries like India. We thought it made sense to ease into life on the road. It’s quite ironic now that we’re a little worried about heading back … 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 →

Malaria risks in India: Travelling safely

As one of the biggest killers in the world, malaria is something that everyone should take into account when travelling to more exotic locations across the globe. One destination that many people overlook as a possible malaria threat is India. While many parts are not … 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 →

Postcards from a Mongolian Desert Expedition

Gobi 2011 Expedition Mongolia

As most of you know, Lauren from Team Globetrooper is currently undertaking one of the toughest adventure challenges of her life. She’s trekking 1,600 kms (1,000 miles) across the remote Gobi Desert in Mongolia. She’s covering over 30 kms each day, all with her trusty companion Bumblebee (the … Continue reading →

Goa, India: An Unpopular Opinion

Goa India

When we arrived in India, we joined a circumnavigation of the entire country by rail. We visited its furthest corners from Dwarka in the West, to Jammu in the North, to Dibrugah in the East, and Kanyakumari in the South. But as 12,000km of train travel … Continue reading →