Oct 8, 2013
The secret’s out: you guys know I’m a serial overpacker. As I prepared for my South America adventure, starting with at least two months in Peru, I briefly fantasized that this might be the trip. The one where I pack like one of those people, those people who travel the planet for years on end with little more than a quick-dry tee-shirt and three pairs of seamless underwear. I’ve read...
Oct 3, 2013
I don’t usually set off for a country with a developed itinerary. Sometimes, things are scheduled more or less to the minute, like my eight days in Iceland. Sometime, my plans for five months in Southeast Asia can be summarized as — and I don’t want to overwhelm you here with how detailed this is — “go to Southeast Asia for five months.”
There are a few reasons why...
Sep 29, 2013
When I first heard of Rebtel, the new budget international calling service, I think I shared most people’s initial reaction — um, don’t we have Skype for that? But then I reflected on the evils of monopolies — and I’m not talking about the board games. Competition is healthy in every market, and so I was pleased when Rebtel asked me to poke around their service and write a...
Sep 16, 2013
I haven’t paid an ATM fee or a foreign transaction fee in years. Hand my hard earned money over to a bank, when I could be treating myself to pisco sours and pedicures? No thanks!
As promised in my recent Peru Planning post, here is an update to the Managing Money Abroad post that I wrote back in 2011. Amazingly very little about my system has changed since — I put a lot of hours back then into...
Sep 13, 2013
Guys, are you ready for the biggest mega-post ever about my Peru planning? It’s been a while since I really complained posted about all the behind-the-scenes preparations for long-term travel. While nothing is guaranteed I expect to be abroad for six months, and then take a month or two to travel overland from California (where I’ll re-enter the US) back to New York.
Things became official when...
Nov 27, 2012
I’ve been meaning to pen this review for some time now, but I keep getting distracted by writing about, you know, travel destinations. In the meantime, the holidays are fast approaching and I’ve been getting tons of questions about the best camera gear for travel and underwater photography.
Today, I saw the prices for my beloved camera on Amazon, and my jaw dropped.
In my opinion, the best...
Sep 5, 2012
As I stare at the rapidly filling fall calendar in front of me, it’s hard not to reflect on what an amazing summer I’ve just wrapped up. This summer brought me all across the USA, from Philadelphia to Denver, from Martha’s Vineyard to Myrtle Beach, and right across the border at Niagara Falls. I even squeezed in a big international adventure, visiting Iceland and the England and checking...
Jul 19, 2012
Most people think a year of full-time travel is simply not possible without winning the lottery or inheriting a fortune. Outside of one guy I met in Vietnam who really was traveling off the windfall from a long-lost uncle, this is simply not the case of the hundreds of people I have met on my extensive travels. Through trial and error, lots of luck and even more hard work, I’ve found a way to build a...