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Airfare Secrets (Vol. 1): I’m Going to Smash My F#%$*& Laptop

Tweet GET READY, because in this week’s thrilling revelation of Backpackology 101, I’m taking a break from the usual topics of dangerous countries, hitchhiking, and things that are interesting, to instead talk a lot about buyin...
 
 
Bizarre
 
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Three Words: Midget. Theme. Park.

Tweet For a long time I suspected that something was wrong with Mr. Chen, but only now did I grasp the majestic breadth of his insanity; I could now color in an entire childhood of licking windows, kicking squirrels, and chasin...
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
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My Guidebook Says You’re a Twit (But Good For You)

Tweet It was in my Kyoto hostel’s kitchen, whilst I finished my breakfast, innocently leafing through my guidebook, that the instigator first addressed me. “So you’re one of those, huh?” I glanced up to find a befreckeled, pear...
 

 
China
 
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Chinglish 101: Five Secrets to Understanding Demon Bird Moth-Balls

Tweet If Americans love one thing more than looking at silly things on the Internet, it’s getting really, super offended at silly things on the Internet. So before I start this week’s Photo Travelogue, I’d like to preface by sa...
 
 
Adventure
 
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The Mystery of the Immaculate Herpes

Tweet It was a miracle—a horrible miracle—that turned my pleasant morning tinkle into a heart pounding free-fall into nightmareland. HERPES!!! I diagnosed (even though I’d never actually seen herpes before). For several minutes...
 
 
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Travel Tip #3: Saving Money on Food Costs & The Tupperware Gamble

Tweet OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: This week I’m going to bestow you with a controversial travel tip that will allow you to eat better while spending less, however it might also potentially kill you, maybe sort of a little. Why would...
 

 
China
 
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Sichuan Lava Cuisine & The Top 4 Most Common Myths About Spicy Food

Tweet The purpose of my self-destructive side trip to Chongqing was to eat at 夜富火锅, home of the spiciest hotpot on the planet (chunks of meat doused in a scalding broth of Sichuan chili and flower peppers, so spicy it’ll ...
 
 
Bizarre
 
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Going South on China: A Panda Hunt

Tweet Before I try to rationalize for you my ill-conceived quest into the bamboo forests of Sichuan, I’d like to clarify that I harbor no secret vendetta against the Giant Panda. I just simply couldn’t understand why the world ...
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Guest Blogger Emily Chappell: Woman On The Road

Tweet Today I’m going to introduce you to one of the most fearless adventurers I have ever met, but first I need to give you an exciting post-Kickstarter update! NOW THAT I’VE TAKEN EVERYONE’S MONEY, I HAVE FLOWN HOME TO ...
 

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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THE JJIMJILBANG DIARIES (Part 2): The Gateway to Hell is in The Basement of a Seoul Department Store

Tweet This is the second half of the two part saga The Jjimjilbang Diaries. To read the first half, check out “The Jjimjilbang Diaries (Part One): Six Days Naked in a Hot Tub Full of Old, Dirty Korean Men FOR SURVIVALR...