RTW40

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17 Holiday Airfare Travel Tips And Tricks

Tips and tricks from travel experts to ensure smooth travel during the holiday season.

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Becoming A Citizen Of The World

Right before my mother died, she told me to look for her in the stars. That is where I found her at midnight on Christmas in the middle of the Sahara Desert.

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How Much Does Traveling The World Really Cost Per Day?

[intro title=”Can you really get a beer in Cambodia for 25 cents?” text=”Yes, you can. So many travel guides just give a simple one-size-fits-all answer to how much it costs to travel the world, so I thought I’d break it down into more details.”] From August 13th to September 22nd, I flew around the world […]

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Around The World In 40 Days – A RTW40 Retrospective

I spent the last 40 days hopping flights all the way around the world. 18 flights, 19 bus rides, 3 trains, 3 boats, 10 car drives, 8 taxis, and 6 tuk-tuks later, I saw an incredibly wide swathe of the world in an incredibly limited time. In the past 40 days, I’ve seen fjords. Every one […]

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New Zealand, Island of the Long White Cloud

[intro title=”I wrapped up my 40 days of traveling around the world in the southern hemisphere’s answer to Iceland.” text=”After an exhausting six weeks of travel in Iceland, Morocco, Dubai, Cambodia, and Bali I flew into New Zealand, just about as far from the rest of the world as possible.”] [bannertop] Everyone wants to see it, everyone […]

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Traveling To Bali, Vacation Island of the World

[intro title=”I finally found the beach where Germans go when they’re not on Mallorca.” text=”When that Eat, Pray, Love movie came out, I think the island of Bali was turned upside down with desperate tourists…and the deluge hasn’t stopped since.”] [bannertop] The Indonesian island of Bali is anachronistic. So many of the things you find don’t […]

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Backpacking the Cambodian Delta

[intro title=”A 25 cent beer in hand, my one-eyed tuk-tuk driver blasts through the rainy streets of Phnom Penh.” text=”Before I visited Cambodia, I was told that it was much like backpacking Thailand in the eighties or nineties. I wasn’t backpacking then, but I think it’s an accurate assessment.”] [bannertop] Cambodia is the sort of […]

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Dubai is Twice As Nice: Backpacking the World’s Richest City

  [intro title=”A bigger, better Las Vegas. Plastic fantastic. Taller and bigger than anything else.” text=”It’s all those things. And it’s amazing in a twisted concrete and steel sort of way.”] [bannertop] I did not have high expectations for Dubai. I’m not sure why: perhaps because people had told me it was just a big […]

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Summer In Morocco: How To Survive The Heat

[intro title=”A hundred degrees of sand. Most of it in my shoes.” text=”Moroccans will tell you that the sun is medicinal.”] [bannertop] “The sun draws out the cold in your bones,” they say, pointing up to the sun as if it’s doing them a favor. I beg to differ, as I lay in my hostel […]

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Backpacking The Ring Road of Iceland – RTW40

[intro title=”Iceland is an outlier.” text=”Historically so remote from most of the world (now it’s a four hour direct flight from New York), it’s been able to develop a history and culture drastically distinct from the mainland, yet somehow as European as possible.”] [bannertop] On my last day in Iceland, I realized that I had […]

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How To Budget A Backpacking Trip Around The World

[intro title=”How much will it cost?” text=”Accommodation, food, flights, and beer will all cost you. Here’s some thoughts on a daily breakdown.”] [bannertop] This is the third part of my RTW series, written as I backpack around the world in 40 days. You can find the previous entries here: the intro to my RTW40 trip, […]

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How To Pack Minimally On A Round-The-World Trip

[intro title=”How efficiently can you pack for a trip around the world?” text=”I’m going through seven different countries on five different continents in 40 days…will I run out of underwear?”] If you’ve ever found yourself on a common backpacker circuit, you’ll know what I’m talking about: the sweaty 22-year old gap year kid, clad in […]