Monthly Archive: March 2013

Photo Focus – 13 Weeks in SE Asia Thus Far

Taking photos around the world is a huge reason why I enjoy traveling. In fact, I’d venture to say that it’s largely why I travel— for the chance to capture unique experiences and challenge myself to tell the story to those back at home. While I am no professional, I am constantly learning and (hopefully) …

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Hanoi Traffic and The Key To Not Getting Hit

As my taxi from the airport turned into Hanoi’s Old Quarter (at 5PM on a Friday), I knew we were in trouble. There they were—thousands (no, I’m not being dramatic) of motorbikes blanketing the streets and taking over every direction, with no method to the madness. The light turned green and they went; the light …

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I scored a hat trick against a 9-year-old

You heard me. A hat trick—that’s 3 goals—against a 9-year-old. Actually, it was a team of 9-year-olds, although some may have been as old as 12. And yes, I’m proud of it. My team needed me and I delivered. That’s what former Division III 2nd Team All-SCIAC athletes do. Deliver. Of course, I say all …

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Travel Tips – How to save for your DREAM trip without really trying

Over the past year and a half since I quit my job and headed out on my first multi-month adventure, friends, coworkers, and family members have asked, “How do you do it?” This question is quite broad and it applies to various aspects of what I’ve been doing: how I saved money, how I quit …

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A Sobering American Experience in Laos

During my second day in Vientiane I walked across town to the COPE Visitor’s Center, an educational space created by the COPE organization that supports the victims of unexploded ordnance (UXO). The Center is a surprisingly bright and uplifting place, as the organization provides training and work opportunities in addition to high-tech but low-cost artificial …

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Tubing in Vang Vieng— I might be too old for this

What you’re about to read may be the most ridiculous conversation I’ve ever had. While it’s often apparent that I’m in a different place in my life as a “mature” backpacker (read: over 19), I’ll be keeping an eye out for my AARP Card after this one. And you know what? I’m totally OK with …

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