Posts Tagged ‘Trip Planning’
 
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Package Tours-2
Package Tours-2

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

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 friend...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Culture Shock-2
Culture Shock-2

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

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 movements, ...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Trip Planning-1
Trip Planning-1

The Art of Trip Planning

I’m writing this article for my younger brother, who, with all due respect, is about to make a terrible mistake. “Steve!” he exclaimed over the phone. “I’m coming to visit you in Thailand for New Years! I’m booking my flight no...

 
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go the other way feat image
go the other way feat image

To Go the Other Way

“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 jagged, ...
 
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Lonely Road-3
Lonely Road-3

Life on the Lonely Road

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 abrasive...
 
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Andaman 2
Andaman 2

Weekend Destination: Top 10 Free Vacations (3/5)

This article is part three of the five part series, “The Top 10 Free Vacations.” You can find destinations #10 & #9 in Part One, and destinations #8 & #7 in Part Two. 6. Kibbutzim in Israel Who said labor ca...

 
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Bagan Buledi
Bagan Buledi

The Backpacker’s Manifesto

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 panorama of B...
 
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SayonaraIndia-75
SayonaraIndia-75

Weekend Destination: Top 10 Free Vacations (2/5)

This article is part two of the five part series, “The Top 10 Free Vacations.” You can find destinations #10 & #9 in Part One. 8. Couchsurfing Europe Wait, couchsurfing… Is that like when you go to a stranger’s house and he...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Budgetometer-1
Budgetometer-1

The Budgetometer

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, breathing...

 
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Mt Everest WM-46
Mt Everest WM-46

How To Step Out The Door

“It’s not a question of money, it’s a question of desire,” said Collette, in her lyrical French accent. “It’s a question of time,” I corrected, and waved to the grill master for another round of spicy pork. We were seated aroun...