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Buddhist stupa in Patan Nepal

Why Travel Around the World? 5 Reasons to Spend a Year or More on the Road

  Back in 2003, the first year this blog existed, I wrote a lengthy (for the blogging standards of the time) called “Why Travel Around the World?” Back then it was kind of a radical question. This was long before the
Craghoppers Tristan shirt for packing light

What’s in my Travel Bag When Packing Light

What should you put into your travel bag if there’s a need for packing light? Almost 11 years ago, I did a guest post for the once-mighty Gadling blog called What’s in your pack Tim Leffel? At the time I had
Visiting Peru for the fourth time to go deeper

How Many Countries Have You Been To?

Please don’t ask me how many countries I’ve been to. I lost count long ago and don’t care. Some people collect countries visited like that’s something to brag about. They’ll put in their social media feed that they were the youngest
No sidewalks for a wheelie suitcase

Why You Don’t “Backpack” With a Wheeled Suitcase

She looked like she was about to cry as she scraped her shiny four-wheel suitcase over the broken pavement and up another set of stairs. Since there was nobody else around and I was going to have to walk past her,
The travel gear I couldn't kill

The Travel Gear I Couldn’t Kill

  Wouldn’t it be nice if you bought a travel gear item for your adventures and no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t wear it out? Well, that photo above is from a trip to Oaxaca in 2014 and I