Using Money Abroad: Cash or Credit?

October 5, 2016
Using Money Abroad: Cash or Credit?

Finding the best way to use your money abroad is always a bit of a hassle. Fortunately, there are only a few options to choose from. 1. Convert all currency in cash with your local bank before you depart. Carry this with you abroad. 2. Get just enough cash to survive (either by changing...
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Traveling to Save Money and Working Remotely

October 3, 2016
Traveling to Save Money and Working Remotely

Yes, you read that right. What kind of crazy upside-down world have you stumbled upon here if someone is claiming he can be in a better position financially while traveling than staying at home? To me and many other travelers – even those who do base themselves in the US full time – the...
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From Shanghai to Hong Kong by Train

October 2, 2016
From Shanghai to Hong Kong by Train

I’ve finally escaped the Great Firewall of China (actually on the train as I begin this, but close enough). If you’ve been monitoring my Facebook and Twitter feeds, you probably know I had a bit of a scare the last few days. My plan to use the 144-hour transit visa to visit Shanghai was...
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Renewing a Passport in 24 Hours

September 23, 2016
Renewing a Passport in 24 Hours

I was all set for my latest trip: shopping completed, all entry requirements checked and double checked, places to stay arranged for a little while. And then I realized something especially disconcerting…
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New Chinese Visa Regulations Help my RTW Trip

September 10, 2016
New Chinese Visa Regulations Help my RTW Trip

Maybe I am a bit of an overplanner when it comes to travel. The truth is, though I do like to be meticulous about where I’m going to sleep and how I’m going to get there, everything else is usually left to chance: daytime activities, meeting friends, nightlife, shopping, cultural sights, etc. This trip...
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3 Travel Hacks for Urban Explorers

September 6, 2016
3 Travel Hacks for Urban Explorers

Just as there are tips unique to airports, passing through a capital or larger city offers opportunities for clever travelers to work the system. Here are a few of the travel hacks I’ve discovered.
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Planning to Visit Lanzarote

August 31, 2016
Planning to Visit Lanzarote

I’ve got a big round the world trip planned. So far, the plan is to fly into China, take the train down to Hong Kong, fly into Cambodia, jump on a bus to Thailand, and then swoop over to Dubai via Jordan. However, my schedule after the Middle East is open, and rather than...
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