On the Road (25)

Hostel or Hostile Living?

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Most travelers never set foot in a hostel, and for good reason. Hostel – or hostile – living is an acquired taste.

I used to limit my hostel stays at the beginning of my trip, but now as I’m nearing …

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aTypical Travel Day *Video*

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Travel days usually last more than 24 hours and require some degree of mental preparation. I find I need to psych myself up (or rather down), and enter a trace-like state where long delays, blatant rip offs, and unforeseen changes …

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Happy Home Stays

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

After more than 19+ months on the road, I’m starting to crave my creature comforts. You know, luxuries such as hot showers, worm-free food, transportation without livestock.

Not only am I yearning for some developed-world standards for a while, but …

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Simple Things

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

When you live on the road, it’s the simple things that you miss most: a cup of coffee, a hot shower, clean clothes. Unfortunately, these little pleasures haven’t been in abundance during the last 16 months, and so I’ve had …

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Ethical Tourism

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

To me, each country we visit is an opportunity to support ethical tourism. And you don’t need to stay at the elephant sanctuary (although this is fun) or visit patients in an AIDS ward (although this is eye-opening) to do …

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Overland Trucking: Rules of the Road *Videos*

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I’m just off my fabulous Acacia Africa 19-day Desert Tracker tour. So now I’m immensely qualified to give advice on how to most enjoy your upcoming overland truck tour.

Here’s the skinny on how to thrive on big tires:


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Road Kill *Video*

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Bus Snapshot

It’s dangerous to travel the roads around Africa – and don’t I know it!

It’s not unusual to see car and bus crashes all along the highway due to a deadly combination of overcrowding, speeding, bad roads, and bad driving.…

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Kindness of Strangers

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Paula & I and our Ethiopian scouts
Paula & I and our Ethiopian scouts
The best part of traveling is meeting new people. I’m making so many friends on the road. We have a bunch of fun and it’s tough to leave them.

But then on the next bus ride or airport waiting room …

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How Cool is Couch Surfing?!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Erin Couch Surfing

Couch surfing is for travelers who wish to stay at someone’s home, instead of a hotel when on the road. Hosts, in turn, offer their couches free of charge for weary travelers. Sounds simple, right? Sort of…

Big Trust

The …

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Hiring a Guide? Go Local!

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Hmong Guides

Last month, I wrapped up my 3-month Indochina tour and without a doubt my best experiences came from hiring local guides. There are several advantages to hiring local guides instead of booking your excursions through travel agencies:

  • First, you support

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