Death & Travel: Preparing for the ultimate journey … just in case

Monks skull from the chapel of bones in Portugal

What happens if you die when traveling overseas? Death. A rather morbid subject, but one that’s been following us everywhere since the day we were born. In the “West” people prepare for it, fret about, think about it, and try to avoid it as best they can. In the “East” people accept it but don’t …

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Climb Mount Kota Kinabalu! Sorry, not today I’m having pizza & a blue pill

Mount Kinabalu surrounded by clouds in Sabah Malaysia

“My kind of traveling” is very different to … I don’t quite know how else to sum it up really. I often say to people who want to meet me: “Are you sure, I’m kinda boring really”. It’s like going on an archaeological dig, sounds cool to see all those old bones and maybe even a whole dinosaur! But, the …

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What would it be like to live in Malaysia?

Quite street in Penang with old car

Move to or live in Malaysia? Malaysia was always on my list of “possible” places to live in Asia. The primary reasons, for me, was that Malaysia seemed to be calling out for people to relocate there. It seemed living in Malaysia was quite viable, on paper. Options were open, I took notes, filed them …

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Is Singapore the Utopian solution?

Marina Boulevard in Singapore

First impressions count in Singapore “Looking for Singapore? It could easily be found sitting on any city planners desk” There are very few people who would not agree that Singapore, as a city, works. In fact, it works incredibly well. Bar public WiFi that I’m sure someone from Singapore’s tourism ministry is going to look into right now …

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Nepal in 2011: abused, raped, plundered & forgotten

Old monk leaning out a window in Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal is one of the few countries I have hope for It’s a country like no other I’ve visited. A cross between old and new. Centuries old cities mixed with new society and a blend of otherworldly qualities. On the outside it’s a great place to travel, hike, find solace, enjoy, experience. Stay a little longer, see beyond …

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Delusional happy smiles don’t work with travel

Models smiling with a The Longest Way Home Shirt

How hospitality in tourism can be delusional to a traveler As I upload photos from my new destination, and write-up the first post for next week I just realized something. I’m coming face to face with a lot of new faces with old problems solved. One of them is about who can you trust when you travel? Not trust …

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The Miscommunication of Travel & Life Overseas

Fulani Woman in Nigeria, Africa

How to Deal with miscommunication when you travel or live overseas Miscommunication happens in every culture, but is highlighted when you travel or live overseas. Think you know a country well? Speak the language so well that there’s no miscommunication? Good, you’ve only just begun. And, you’ll probably never reach the finish line. Travel & miscommunication go …

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