The Biggest Scam in Nepal

Ten thousand trekkers seem to pass by in the street, their parkas and backpacks and laughter mingling together like an enormous, cackling chorus of mediocre singers who think they’re really good. The racket crescendos, then...

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Guest Post: My Night in an Indian Slum

"The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences." Those damn rats! Their tiny pitter-patter is multiplied into a roaring thunder, at least to my sleep deprived brain, as they scurry to and fro on the tin metal roof above my...

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How I Live Abroad on $662 a Month

Right now I live abroad on a tiny island off the coast of Northern Vietnam, and my monthly expenditures total about $662 - for everything. After spending 4 months straight traveling nonstop throughout Asia (while working full time,...

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Digital Nomad Dream: A Room with a View

I arrive at the Harvest Moon Pokhara Guest House in Pokhara, Nepal, after spending a very bumpy 7 hours on a tourist bus from Kathmandu. It is Wednesday, about 3pm, and the taxi drops me off at a flower-drenched bungalow of a home,...

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Travel Alone Vs Travel Partner

When people find out I travel alone, it usually goes something like this: A well-meaning stranger, more often than not my guest house owner or waitress, cocks her head to one side and furrows her brow. “Are you…...alone?” she...

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Guest Post: An American in Siberia

I am back on the train again after a two day break in Irkutsk, Siberia. This time I’m headed for Moscow, a three day, four night ride. I’m currently sharing a compartment with three people, including a four-year-old child. He...

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16 Reasons to Travel Solo

Travel solo and enjoy all sorts of benefits that people with travel partners miss out on. You know, like having impromptu love affairs with people who don't speak English, and taking naps whenever you want. Here are just a few of...

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Guest Post: Hitchhiking to Happiness

"When I was 5 years old, my mom told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, I told them...

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How to get a SIM card in Kathmandu

Don’t freak out - it’s actually really, really easy to get a SIM card in Kathmandu, or pretty much anywhere in Nepal. That’s because in other parts of the world, people seem to deal almost exclusively in cards - SIM cards for...

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Swayambhunath: The Monkey Temple

My internal clock is still messed up from 48 hours of traveling and a 13 hour and 45 minute time zone change. Why 45 minutes, you ask? Because it’s Nepal, and strange little idiosyncrasies like that keep popping up every day. Like...

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