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The Best Backpacks for Long-term Travelers

  This post on the best backpacks for long-term travelers was last updated in July 2018. Recently I’ve been checking out new travel gear at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Utah, seeing what’s on the way from all the top

The Cheapest Round-the-World Plane Tickets

Want to fly around the world, but you don’t want to wing it as you go? With a round-the world ticket (or around the world ticket if you’re covering all the bases when Googling), you can set up your main airport

Choose a Better Reality

The practice of taking off and traveling around the world is more accepted now in the U.S. than it was when I first circled the globe in the early 1990s, but it’s still an odd notion for most friends and relatives.

There are Usually No Shortcuts

For most things in life worth having or doing, it takes work to get there. As I settle down back in the U.S., plowing through a ton of money to get the tools of living in this culture again (cars, cell

How to Be an Idiotic Backpacker

If you’re getting ready for an extended trip around the world, why follow the advice of all those seasoned travelers who have done it already? Ignore those dolts blogging from the road for years and those know-nothings on the message boards