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A Cheapskate’s Guide to Backpacking Boracay on a Budget

There are two things that almost deterred me from traveling to Boracay.  The first was Super Typhoon Haiyan and the…

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Traveling to the Philippines – 7 Days after Typhoon Haiyan

One week before I was gearing up for my two-month trip to the Philippines, the country was smacked by the…

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5 Quirks About Living in Jakarta

When I say I’m obsessed with all things travel, I mean it.  I’m the type of person who will watch…

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How to Visit Indonesia’s Prambanan Temple on a Budget

By now I think I’ve expressed my disillusionment with organized tours, so when it came to visiting the Hindu temples of…

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My Favorite 6 Places in Southeast Asia

Now that I’m back in Southeast Asia it’s becoming increasingly clear to me why I just can’t stay away from this part…

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One Year in Jakarta: Pros and Cons of Living Abroad

My recent move to Jakarta, Indonesia, was a sudden one.  I literally had three weeks’ notice to move across the…

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I’m Moving to Indonesia!

I’ve now been on the road for exactly one year.  It’s crazy that so much time has passed so quickly.  And…

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Visiting Cartagena on a Backpacker’s Budget

When I arrived in Colombia I was pretty nervous that I wouldn’t be able to live quite as frugally as I…

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Welcome to Cartagena: Colombia’s Caribbean Gem

I remember the exact moment I booked a ticket to Colombia.  After traveling through Southeast Asia for seven months –…

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Río Claro: A Disastrous Detour on the Road to Medellín

As we were mapping out the next phase of our Colombia travels, the host at our guesthouse in Bogotá told…