The Hard Truth About the End of a Trip

Four friends facing away from the camera, sitting staring at the ocean from a grassy knoll in Bocas Del Toro, Panama.

I haven’t been writing much lately, I just haven’t had much to report. It’s been a bit like groundhog day out here – surf, sun, cards, reading, napping, beers with friends and reggeaton all night. I’ve purposefully sat still for over a month, creating a vacation from my vacation in one of my favorite places – Bocas Del Toro. Having hit my 6 month travel anniversary last week I’m feeling … Continue reading

The Top Ten Signs You’ve Been Traveling in South America for Too Long

Rainbow sandals places on a stone steps in Morro De Sao Paulo

I just hit my 5 month anniversary of travel in South America and to  commemorate this momentous occasion I have put together the following list of signs that you have been travelling in SA for too long. If you’ve been there, I hope this strikes a chord! 10. The results from your blood test show you are 50% chicken, 25% beans and 25% rice. 9. You’re relieved to hear the … Continue reading

Carnival Salvador – Three Ways to Experience the Greatest Party on Earth

Some samba dancers mid-move on the streets of Pelourinho

Travel pro tip (food): When in Brazil you must try the fried cheese sticks with oregano found on the beach (Queijo Assado), churrascaria (all you can eat BBQ), Acai fruit bowls and of course, Caipirinhas (alcoholic beverage with lime, sugar and Cachaça). I’m honestly lost with what to say about Carnival. How do I describe the absolute chaotic mayhem that consumes Salvador in heated frenzy to people who have not … Continue reading

Why I Travel and Why You Should Too

Brandon at the Beach, standing on a stack of square rocks, looking out over the sea, with a Brazilian flag draped over his shoulders.

“The important thing to remember, is that this simulation is a good one. It’s believable, it’s tactile. You can reach out, things are solid. You can move objects from one area to another. You can feel your body – you can say I’d like to go over to this location and you can move this mass of molecules, through the air, over to another location, at will. That’s something you … Continue reading

How to Ease the Travel Holiday Blues – Finding Temporary Travel Family in Argentina

Black and white pic of a group of over 40 people partying for Christmas in Salta, Argentina.

Quick travel tip: avoid the Argentina entrance fee by busing into the country from Potosi, Bolivia. If you fly in, you’ll pay $160 reciprocity fee. I Arrived in Salta the weekend before Christmas. Met a crazy Englishman nicknamed Frenchie who travels with two bicycles. He got the nickname from his Mom, who, during a family trip, accidently left him on the shore of France while the family took the ferry … Continue reading

How to Appreciate Your Day Job – A Tour of a Bolivian Silver Mine

Brandon looking down a silver mine shaft, about to slide down a wooden chute

If you want a kick in the pants to remind you how good you have it with your day job, just take a trip to Potosi, Bolivia, where for $14 USD you can take a 6 hour tour of the silver extraction and processing operation in the surrounding mountains. The tour can be organized through an agency in Potosi (I chose the recommended Koala Tours), and includes a trip to the … Continue reading

Getting Mugged in Colombia – Valuable Lessons from the Road

Early morning in a courtyard at hostel casa felipe, with lounge chairs and hammocks.

One of my goals with this blog is to convince people that international travel is not only within financial and temporal reach but that it’s also generally safe. It’s truly my belief that if you take proper precautions and stay aware of your surroundings you can travel to places that may seem a bit dangerous. This level of danger adds to the sense of excitement and adventure just like the … Continue reading

Two Little-Known Options that Could Affect Your Trek to Machu Picchu

Dramatic photo of the ruins at Machu Picchu with Waynapicchu mountain shrouded in fog in the background

I had three priorities regarding my trip through South America before leaving the US; to sail from Panama to Cartagena through the San Blas Islands, to visit Machu Picchu and to be somewhere in Brazil for Carnival. I completed the sail trip last month and as of yesterday I can check Machu Picchu off my list as well. Shrouded in fog and mystery Machu Picchu excites the imagination, leaving you … Continue reading

La Ciudad Perdida – Getting Lost on the Way to The Lost City

View of the remains of the Lost City, which is a series of flat terraces on the top of a mountain in the Colombian Jungle

I’ve been finding it very difficult to keep up with writing about all the amazing experiences I’ve been having, becuase I’m too busy having amazing experiences. Leaving Panama I sailed through the San Blas islands, arriving in the Colombian port town of Cartegena, which is beautifully maintained, clean, safe and fun as long as you stay within the walls of the old city. After Cartegena I took a small (15 … Continue reading

Interview With Hermes Project Founder Morris Jarvis – On Productivity and Overcoming Doubts

Morris with the Hermes Spacecraft

From June 2011 to August 2012 I had the unique opportunity to work with a very interesting individual in the construction industry – Morris Jarvis. Morris is an Intel employee responsible for development of the Building Information Modeling program (BIM program) at Intel in Arizona and the founder of the Hermes Project, which is a space tourism project meant to compete with the likes of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and … Continue reading