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How I Helped My Little Brother Conquer His Fears

We canoed down rapids in Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier outside of Quebec City. He has a strong fear of oceans and rivers.

What I Learned from Backpacking the World at 16

When I was 16, I decided I would run away. However, I didn’t just head over to the neighbours house or to the next state. Instead I ventured though Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It was a journey that opened my eyes to the world and changed my life. Not only did I learn the street skills necessary in order to survive and travel with no money, but I also learned about people and life, and in doing so, I learned about myself.

How Travel has Influenced my Music

I guess you could say I had reached a point in life where I just had a hunger for something new, for the open road, to actually see and experience things that had been in books and on computer screens for too long. As a musician in NYC, I had spent almost half a decade glued to the city and it's industry - things had worked out well financially but I was unfulfilled and didnt know which way to turn.
Bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia at Victoria Falls

Why I Never Plan More Than 48 Hours in Advance

Traveling with a plan has it's advantages, first and foremost you will always know where you are supposed to be, what you are supposed to do, where you are going to be, and what you are going to be doing at any given point in time. Traveling with too rigid a plan, however, means that you are unable to take advantage of spontaneous opportunities and unplanned events, both those that are fun and exciting and those that, at the time, are annoying hassles. I have found that the perfect balance can be struck by having a general plan while figuring out the specifics of said plan no more than 48 hours in advance.
Laptop Mess

I’m Not On Vacation

Three years ago today I left for Beijing, China to start my trip. Since then, I've been to 18 countries and lived at least a month in 5 of them. I saved roughly $15,000 before the start of the trip and have not worked in the US since then.
Crater Lake

Why Travel Pays Better, Gives You More Freedom and Creates An Epically Awesome Lifestyle

The recession crushed dreams. Dreams of retirement… or getting rich in the next tech IPO… or even the dream of a better life for your kids. For my wife and I, however, the recession was different. It was the best thing that ever happened to us. And you know what? It can be the same for you.
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