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Dumb tourist card-1

Steve McDonald’s Guide to Playing the Dumb Tourist Card Like a Symphony Harp

Tweet “Welcome to Singapore,” smiled the customs officer, ripping apart my luggage. “Do you have anything to declare?” “Nope.” “Are you sure?” he frowned. “Cigarettes, food products, firearms…” “Nope,” I grinned. I alread...
 
 
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Package Tours-2

Travel Tip #2: Thomas Cooke is a Big, Sneaky Liarpants (The Truth About Package Tours)

Tweet Hey you! Yeah, you! Sign up now for our unbeatably cheap ‘China: The Budget Experience’ Bus Tour!’ No need to worry about over-spending or dealing with scary city maps and phrasebooks—our all-inclusive package includes a ...
 
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Culture Shock-2

Travel Tip #1: Culture Shock, Travel Challenges, and the Order of Countries

Tweet Backpackology is a bit of a misnomer—it implies that there is something scientific, perhaps educational; that there’s something to learn.  While this was my original intent, I instead mostly just talk about my bowel movem...

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Jiankou Wall-1 copy

Guilty as Charged

Tweet If Purgatory exists, I imagine it looks something like the Concord District Courthouse’s waiting room: a torturous realm of eternal, soul-sucking silence; overly air-conditioned, reeking of floor cleaner, lined with woode...
 
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Steve McDonald’s Guide to Not Dying in Scary Countries

Tweet In my life, I’ve had the fortune of visiting forty-four countries, and if I were forced to write down my favorites, you might mistake it for a list of Government Travel Warnings. I was in Japan when the tsunami turned Sen...
 
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To Go the Other Way

Tweet “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life…” – Jack Kerouac In a wild outpost town of eastern Baltistan, two days’ journey by road into the ja...

 
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Lonely Road-3

Life on the Lonely Road

Tweet I like to pretend that I’m inhumanly self-assured and independent. But the truth is, I’ve never really been either of those things. If you know me personally, you know I’m not the solitary, pensive type. I’m a loud and ab...
 
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Golden Temple 2
Golden Temple 2

Weekend Destination: Top 10 Free Vacations (5/5)

Tweet This article is part five of the five part series, “The Top 10 Free Vacations.” You can find destinations #10 & #9 in Part One, destinations #8 & #7 in Part Two, destinations #6 & #5 in Part Three, and destina...
 
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Bagan Buledi
Bagan Buledi

The Backpacker’s Manifesto

Tweet There were a dozen sagging rear-ends in my face as I plodded up the long, narrow staircase of Shwezendaw Pagoda, trapped behind a Swiss tour group who were ascending at glacial speed. I turned around to a sweeping panoram...

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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The Budgetometer

Tweet I could tell the wealthy-looking French family was alarmed, but I suppose I would be too if a total stranger started following me at uncomfortably close range. The mother shot me a worried look as I edged even closer, bre...