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India Advice

Friday, January 31, 2014
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Nasty Hotel Room In India
The bathroom in my hotel room

Hey what's up! My name is Justin. I work with Colter and he told me your the guy to talk to if I'm planning a trip to India. He said you had a guide or a book you put together about your trip. Just looking on any insight on time of year to go and what hostels would be good. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanx!!

Country Counting – What Counts As A Visit?

Friday, June 22, 2012
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My Where I've Been Travel Map
A screen shot of my "Where I've Been" map, keeping track of all the countries I've visited

Anybody that's traveled extensively will tell you that eventually your ego gets involved in your travel decision making. At a certain point, a point which surely depends on the person, you start to count the countries you've been to, and you begin to collect the "notches under your belt". When you're making travel plans, you start to consider neighboring countries to your prime destination, not because they're of particular interest to you, but because you feel like you're so close you may as well check it off the list. It's at this point that you have to ask yourself, what constitutes a visit to a country?

World Map Showing Visa Requirements

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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US Visa Requirements Map
A map showing the visa requirements for US citizens visiting countries around the world

I'm currently planning a trip to the Middle East with a friend of mine, trying to figure out which countries are both safe and easy to get into for US and Finnish citizens. He just sent me over a link to some wikipedia pages showing maps with countries highlighted in colors based on Visa requirements. I thought this was really cool and pretty useful, so here you go...

Travel Insurance For Dummies

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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Travel Insurance For Dummies

"When should I buy travel insurance?" This questions plagues the mind of inexperienced travelers around the world. All the big travel search engines love to pound it into our heads scaring us into thinking if we don't buy it we could be making a mistake. Truth is, maybe you are, but this is a question that can't be answered directly.

Bangkok For The First Time Traveller

Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Food In Bangkok, Thailand
Pots of fresh seafood in Bangkok

Even for seasoned travelers, navigating Bangkok’s dazzling kaleidoscope of wonders is a balancing act and its intoxicating atmosphere can sweep anyone off their feet. Whether you’re budgeting at chic but cheap Bangkok hotels or indulging in the VIP treatment at a five star resort, first time visitors can find it challenging to keep their proverbial balance in this foreign environment. Staying grounded when faced with the cornucopia of food and shopping markets, entertainment and fascinating sights requires grasping the nuances of dealing with the summer heat, local scam artists, opportunistic shop keepers and questionable street food vendors.

The Best Way To Get Around Delhi, India

Thursday, December 22, 2011
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The Red Fort
The famous Red Fort

Delhi is a giant city, with a population of nearly 17 million people, it's the second largest in India (behind Mumbai), and the 8th largest in the world. Public transportation is mediocre at best, although it was significantly improved for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Traffic is as you'd expect for a city of 17 million, congested. So, as a tourist, whats the best way to get around Delhi for a reasonable price, in a reasonable amount of time?

Travel Vaccinations – The Hidden Expense

Thursday, December 1, 2011
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A Trash Pile in New Delhi
A massive pile of trash outside Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi

Travel Vaccinations are one of those things people generally don't plan for at the beginning of their trip. Everybody thinks about the big expenses like flights and accommodation, but if you don't have any of your vaccinations yet and are headed to areas like Africa, SE Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, travel vaccinations can be as expensive as a flight. The parts of this article relating to money may not apply to people from countries which get free health care, but as an American, getting vaccinated can be quite expensive.

Best Way To See The Pyramids of Giza

Pyramids Of Giza
Horses stopped in front of the world famous pyramids of Giza

The best way to see the Pyramids of Giza in detail is by horse. On foot it takes forever to get around the massive area, plus it's extremely hot. Camels are probably the most uncomfortable animal in the world to ride, I don't know how people cross the desert on them. So we're left with dirt bikes, or horses... good luck renting a dirt bike in Giza.

Best Credit Cards & Bank Account For World Travel

Monday, November 7, 2011
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Czech 1000 Crowns Money
A 1000 Crowns note from the Czech Republic

Different people handle their money differently abroad. If you're an avid traveler, you surely have your own system. Holding large amounts of money puts you at risk for theft or loss of your entire trips funds. Travelers checks, and checks in general are outdated, a bit of a hassle to use, and will cost you money to change to cash. Withdrawing cash in the maximum daily limit increments is the best way to handle cash abroad for me, but standard ATM fees add up quick. However, by switching banks to use a Charles Schwab High Yield Investor Checking account, and using a Capital One no international fees credit card, you can save these ATM fees and additional international charges. This article refers to banks in the United States.

Some Quick Advice For A Mumbai Trip

Detailed Carvings in the Elephanta Caves
Some cool carvings in the Elephanta Caves

That Dussehra festival is tonight at about 6pm (Oct. 6, 2011), they’ve been warming up for it every night and its super loud up until midnight. Sounds pretty cool. No Goa, didn’t have time, didn’t even have time to see everything here, traffic is terrible and everything is really spread out, it’s a huge city. I feel like this must kind of be like how foreigners feel trying to visit LA. I didn’t do much it seems like, but I filled up 2 full days of sightseeing.

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