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How to Surf World Class Waves for $10 a Day

7 December 2011

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Indo Tube in Nias, Indonesia

Surfing world class waves doesn’t have to be expensive. Despite what all the surfing magazines try to tell you in their stories about all-inclusive surf camps, 5-star lodges and 3 warm meals a day, you can still surf world class waves on very little money. In fact, the country with the highest concentration of consistent [...]

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5 Countries Anyone Can Travel on $25 a Day

11 September 2011

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Machu Pichu, Peru and Marco

I keep repeating myself and I don’t care: awesome experiences in exotic places don’t cost a lot of money. It’s easy to travel around the world and stay under your daily shoestring budget if you know how to bargain on the road and save money while traveling. But even if you don’t feel comfortable calling [...]

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Why Traveling Really Makes You Smarter

2 September 2011

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Sunset in Sumbawa, Indonesia

I am convinced that traveling makes you smarter. Or maybe that’s what I always told myself to justify my extensive traveling in the last 10 years. But after recently reading what Lonely Planet had to say why traveling makes you smarter, more productive and sexier (Sorry to disappoint, but the sexier part did not work [...]

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5 Practical Things I Miss While Shoestring Traveling

24 August 2011

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Seapoint Swimming Pool, Cape Town, South Africa

Long-term shoestring traveling means giving up comforts from back home. Being without those comforts is exactly the point of traveling long-term. You don’t want all those silly comforts of modern civilization, have all the distractions and simply live in the moment. Because only when you strip yourself free of all comforts can you feel free [...]

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Indonesian Village Kids Showing off Snakes

13 August 2011

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Indonesian Kids showing snakes, Hu'u, Sumbawa, Indonesia

Traveling by public transportation in remote parts of Indonesia means a lot of waiting around. Waiting for the bus to show up, waiting for the bus driver to finish lunch, waiting for aunty drinking her tea before getting in the bus. All this waiting can drive you insane if you don’t know how to entertain [...]

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Why Traveling With the Amazon Kindle E-Reader Rocks

11 August 2011

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Kindle Picture

“Reading and Traveling makes you smarter” I’m a big believer in that statement. And a big part of getting smarter on the road is reading a ton of books. I read a lot of books, regardless if I travel or not. But there is simply no better time to read, then when you are kicking [...]

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5 World Class Food Experiences You Can Easily Share With Your Mother

9 August 2011

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Falafel and Hummus in Jerusalem, Israel

“If the food’s good, everything else works out” What can I say? I live by that mantra, love good food and always look for the next new food flavor sensation. I’m even willing to risk spending a few days sick on the pot for a new tasty food adventure. But I also know that many [...]

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What $10 gets you in Laos

30 June 2011

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River Guesthouse on the Island of Don Khon, Laos

Laos is a great backpacking place. It’s easy to travel, has an amazing culture, plenty of adventures and people are very friendly. On top of that Laos is very affordable. Here’s a picture of my veranda in a tiny village along at the mighty Mekong river. I spent $7 for the entire bungalow per night [...]

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3 Bulletproof Strategies to Saving 30 Percent of your Shoestring Travel Budget

24 June 2011

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Bungalow above the Ocean, Bali, Indonesia

Did you know that you can save 30 percent of your shoestring travel budget when you arrive at a new location? Knowing how to save part of your travel budget whenever possible is an essential routine for every long-term traveler. Following such a routine will make a trip last longer and provide valuable cash reserves [...]

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What $10 gets you in Peru

22 June 2011

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Casa de Wow, Oyantantombo, Peru

Peru is an epic place to travel and experience. Best of all it is really affordable if you have the right currency in your bank account. And if you practiced your Spanish at home a bit it gets even better. Here’s the place I stayed at in Oyantantombo in the Sacred Valley for $5 a [...]

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