Getting to Chitwan National Park the hard way

Rhino statue in Sauraha Chitwan

Chitwan National Park: Nepal’s big jungle filled with wildlife, touts and tourists I’m going to go to Chitwan. I have to go to Chitwan. I should go to Chitwan. Those were the thoughts filling my head before arriving in Nepal. Chitwan national park was a place I never visited back in 2007 on my first …

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Long-term travel planning: Preparing your friends & family

Nepalese men smiling

Long-term travel planning is about your friends & family too A few weeks ago I wrote about long-term travel monotony & how to avoid it. It was only later on that I realized there was a large chunk of the puzzle I’d left out for many people reading it. I was writing about my end of things. I’d …

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How to get up and enjoy travel again

Airline lunch

I no longer felt the rush of travel in South East Asia … so I left I nearly feel like putting up several big disclaimers with this post. So to thwart a wave of hatred and misunderstanding, take this as a personal journal entry; rather than a reflection on tourism and people. Like many, I always have …

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Agnes Keith’s house in a land below the wind in Sandakan, Malaysia

Agnes Keith

Visiting Agnes Keith’s house on a hill in Sandakan, Sabah Malaysia I first heard of the book the Land below the Wind by Agnes Newton Keith from my research when I was in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. Back in her day it was just known as commonly as North Borneo. Much like many towns or cities that someone …

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To take a plane or train to Malaysia?

Old train in Thailand

  What’s cheaper and easier, flying or taking the train to Malaysia? Decisions, decisions. I wanted to return to Malaysia as I had to leave a little to soon before. From Bangkok one would think that a short budget flight would be the answer. And it should have been. Only I wanted a last minute …

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Scams in Bangkok: smiling Thais & dumb tourists

Dark streets in Bangkok Thailand

Pickpockets and scams: is it Bangkok, or are some tourists just asking for it? Has tourism changed in the past few years? Or have people gotten lazier? Or have tourist touts just been breeding and evolving more? Tourists with giant maps, cameras, and lost looks make for easy sources of legitimate and illegitimate cash. If you’ve never …

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How to deal with PayPal when you travel

Indian Guard at the Red Fort

What is PayPal, and why it’s good for travel? PayPal is basically a financial middleman for online transactions. You can make online payments safely due to their strict security processes, and international border-less transactions. It enables you to make payments without having to enter your credit card details on many sites. Moreover, it’s a great way to receive payments …

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