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Are you a street-smart traveler or just travel-jaded?

Street wise. Been-there and done-that. Old hat.

After traveling in Asia over the course of a year, there were two things I felt I had become proficient at: haggling and avoiding scams.

April 30, 2012 29
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Is Travel Insurance necessary?… hmmm

I can’t say I’m an expert on travel insurance. I’ve only purchased it two times in my life and recently, because it was mandatory. But here are some findings I thought would be helpful.

April 20, 2012 27
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Art of Hobo-ing: How to Budget for long-term travel

Travel friends have been curious how I budgeted for my several months on the road and how much I spent on India and Southeast Asia. Okay, let’s start with the general topic of budgeting.

When I started out, the idea that I’d be traveling long-term didn’t click in. I actually thought I’d be on the road for a much shorter period. So, I got a crash course.

February 13, 2012 26
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Packing Tips: Should you pack a travel towel?

o you’re on the road and your luggage is loaded with spanking new travel gear. Now is the time to see if what you bought really works! Will you revise your load if it doesn’t work the way you imagined? One of the items I least care to pack is a towel.

November 18, 2011 24
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Tribase’s ‘My 7 Links’ Project

When Megan of On my way RTW tagged me on Tripbase’s My 7 Links project, I was both, honored to be counted in as part of the travel blogging community and thrilled to be able to share some of my favorite pieces. So if you missed some of these posts the first time around, here’s your second chance! From a restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the endearing madness of honking motodops and tuk-tuks as inspirational backdrop, I write for you …My 7 links.

September 1, 2011 7
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Packing Tip: How to Pack a Guidebook, bit by bit

Digital times has reduced the power of paper; yet, my eyes don’t enjoy the constant absorption of LED light from computer screens and hand-helds. I want paper… I want my guidebook.

But I resent taking paperweighted guidebooks with me…

June 16, 2011 10
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Tips on Packing Light for Summer Travel

Summer is probably the easiest season to pack for. It will strip you of any excess or bulky layers, whenever you think of them and as most travelers know, there’s no such thing as packing too light. But what if you’re traveling to a culture with conservative dress values? Do you still pack light? Yes and No…

August 5, 2010 2
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The Secret to Using a Squat Toilet

So the fun just doesn’t stop… While I’m still sorting out my reaction to my new move, luck-draw number two just hit, when on my first day of school, I learned that every peeing portal in my school was a porcelain… hole in the ground.

March 7, 2010 25
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Three Ways to Prevent Bed Bugs & Mosquitoes when you Travel

Two Tips for dealing with everything in “traveler-scary” from mosquitos, bed bugs, head lice, etc…

January 28, 2010 11
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