Failure in January: My Month Spending Less than $100 on Food

Prices of bulk cashew pieces vs whole bulk cashews from dispenser in the grocery store

Total spent on food for the month of January: $106. Failure. Glorious failure. I started the month (and the New Year) strong. At home with my Mom I was treated to my first free meal of the month – breakfast before my flight home to Portland. I stacked up on some nuts and fruit for the plane in order to avoid buying the airport food, and headed out. For simplicity’s … Continue reading

The Dogs of South America

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“Human cranial capacity has actually decreased by at least ten percent since the beginning of the Holocene period, approximately ten thousand years ago. While some of the reduction in size can be ascribed to the efficiency of the cerebral folds, archaeologist and anthropologist Dr. Colin Groves, from the Australian National University in Canberra, believes this reduction may also be the result of the strengthening of the relationship between man and … Continue reading

Reflections on 2013 – The Keys to a Great Travel Year

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This is the time of year where bloggers across the internet are taking a crack at the softball of all blog posts – their reflections on the previous year. Although ubiquitous, I can see the value in a post like this. Sometimes we get so lost in the here-and-now we can forget where we’ve been. I’ll admit before I wrote this post I forgot about how much cool stuff I … Continue reading

My Year Without – January: Spending Less than $100 on Food

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I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. I think if change is necessary and if you desire it enough than there is no point in waiting for some arbitrary date, like January 1st, to implement a change. You might as well start now in this moment and make small incremental progress towards the goal. However, I can see the power in preemptively framing a year in a way that … Continue reading

The Things You Need to Plan, and the Things You Don’t

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When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised ot find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers. – Ralph Waldo Emerson My first time in Medellin, Columbia I walked out of the airport into the clean and organized taxi waiting area, only … Continue reading

Is Worldventures a Pyramid Scheme? The Dark Side of American Travel Hacking

I'm up in arms against the Worldventure pyramid scheme.

I had an interesting experience the other night. This won’t be your typical post, I’m going to rant a bit and I’m not sure that I’ll convince anybody of anything but having traveled the world as a US citizen for the past 10 months and then being exposed to this situation was eye opening and I feel the need to share. This has to do with a company called Worldventures. … Continue reading

My Month Living in an RV: A Shockingly Spendy Lifestyle Alternative

More like a toy than a house.

When Kevin first walked me through the RV he told me “When I’m in the RV, life just slows down. If I’m driving, I’m going pretty slow. I take turns slow. When I move around inside the RV it’s deliberately slow.” He went on to explain why “it’s because everything is fragile. You can’t just go banging around opening up cabinets, pulling levers, leaning on things. You see that cabinet? … Continue reading

How to Fly For Free, Anywhere, Anytime – The LR Guide to Frequent Flyer Miles

A smiling child, sitting on a banana leaf, with his mother laughing in the background.

Last year about this time I had just quit my job, sold almost all of my things, packed my 19 liter bag and left the country to travel around South America for six months with a loose agenda which included things to do like “learn to scuba dive”, “sail through the San Blas Islands”, “go to Carnival” and “see Machu Picchu”. When I tell people about my trip the most … Continue reading

Thank You!

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I’m turning 31 years young next week. Last year about this time I was preparing to leave the country for six months to go on a very loosely planned adventure around South America. I was excited and happy and full of feelings of freedom and anticipation about what each new hour might hold for me. Those feelings have not gone away. I’m now back to work with my old company … Continue reading

How to Harness the Cloud to Reduce Stress While Traveling

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There is magic happening all around us. Tiny bits of data are being transferred via various wavelengths of invisible energy from device to device to network to device, to be caught and captured by vibrating electrons in remote physical locations all over the world. You can harness this system to lighten your load while traveling, and to enhance your experience by reducing your paranoia regarding the safety of your data. … Continue reading