How Much Does it Cost to Travel Croatia? June 2015 Report

Old Town Hvar in the dying light. Cruise ships are tied together in front of the old town

June was my first full month outside of the U.S.A and I thought you all might be interested in hearing about what it cost for me to live abroad in the beautiful country of Croatia for the month. I’ve provided a snapshot of my Mint budget report for June below so you can see where all my money went. This budget report covers my time traveling from Pula in Istria … Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Avoiding the Crowds at Plitvice National Park


No trip to Croatia is complete without a visit to the gem of this country, Plitvice National Park (Pronounced plit-veetz-ah). Situated in the middle of the country near the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the park is accessible from most of the major cities as a day trip. It’s a two-hour bus ride from Zadar, Rijeka or Zagreb, so it gets an influx of tourists who decide to visit the … Continue reading

On the Road Again – My Impressions of Zagreb, Croatia

Dawn rises on the squatter party in Medika.

  Travel to Croatia I managed to find a one-way flight from San Francisco to Zagreb, Croatia for 20,000 American Airways points. That’s an efficient use of points, however, I was stuck with a 3-legged itinerary with a long layover in Heathrow. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until I landed in Heathrow and spent the night chatting with an older American couple and two Zimbabwean ladies that it really struck me like … Continue reading

Life Reengineered Travel Guide to Portland, Oregon

Night shot of Portland over the Willamette River

  As I’m moving out of Portland I’m really starting to fall in love with the City. It’s incredibly green all year, it has great public transportation, it is full of kind (and a bit weird) people, and it is foodie heaven. It’s a bummer I spent so much of last summer laid up at my place due to injury. I’m realizing that I’ve only begun to scratch the surface … Continue reading

Advice to My 23 Year Old Friends: The Young Professional’s Strategy for Early Retirement with Mucho Travel

Brandon laying across some chairs in an airport in London, about to go to sleep.

I think a lot of young people come out of college, get a job, and float aimlessly through their 20s, haunted by restlessness and feelings of “what am I doing with my life?” The job is fun and interesting at first, and there are plenty of distracting work parties and weekend getaways with friends. At 23 you’re brimming with energy, but you’re stuck behind a desk for at least 8 … Continue reading

How I Quit My Job to Travel the World, Again

Bye bye Portland. I'm on the road again, and it's party time.

I’ve done it before, and I’m doing it again. I just quit my job to travel the world. And it feels really good. Like school just let out for summer good. Like catching a sweet nugget of a wave good. Like high fiving your best friend good. It makes all the hard work over the last year and a half – the long hours at work, the injury rehab, the … Continue reading

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

brussel sprouts being cut on a cutting board

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