RAMBLINGS AND EXPLORATION

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The Most Fun You Can Have for Fifty Cents

What can fifty cents buy in today’s world? It all depends on where you spend it. Luckily, paradise is real and it exists somewhere on the better side of half a dollar. You’ve probably heard about backpackers trekking through the well-worn trail of Southeast Asia by this point. And if you’re unaware, there’s good reason Read more about The Most Fun You Can Have for Fifty Cents[…]

How I (Almost) Got Scammed in Bangkok

Google Bangkok and you will likely find touristy things to do, monuments to visit and most definitely Pad Thai recommendations. But, scratch the surface a little further and you may uncover a whole slew of scams that takes many tourists for a ride (literally)! It’s my first day in Bangkok and I’m traveling with the usual Read more about How I (Almost) Got Scammed in Bangkok[…]

Canoes sitting together on a blue-green river in Vietnam.

How I Paid for My Ticket to Vietnam- Finance Made Easy

Finance is all about balance The end of April will come to mark my third trans-Pacific trip for Asian exploration. Instead of discussing the destination of Vietnam as a collection of descriptions about the food, history, culture or even country itself, I’ll focus on the how. How I afforded Vietnam and how you can finance Read more about How I Paid for My Ticket to Vietnam- Finance Made Easy[…]

The Price of Coffee in Venezuela

It’s all about the Benjamins! Er, uh Burgermins? What if, instead of evaluating a country’s inflation using good old fashioned economic data, an everyday consumable was used in its place? You may have heard of the Big Mac Index. If not, this indicator basically compares global prices for the McDonald’s original two all-beef patties, special sauce, Read more about The Price of Coffee in Venezuela[…]

Original Index of Airbnb’s Most Hospitable Cities, Explained

Superhost to the rescue! That’s the Airbnb designation of an extraordinary host. They know better than anyone that bad reviews can kill you. From my experience in booking an Airbnb (or hotel or any other accommodation) one of the things at the top of my checklist is a highly-rated experience from previous stays. If given Read more about Original Index of Airbnb’s Most Hospitable Cities, Explained[…]

The Force is Strong With This One (Dollar): Top 3 Destinations to Spend Your Buck

Imagine the US dollar has been lifting weights over the past 10 years, wearing an oversize hoodie and sweatpants. Today, the dollar rips off its shirt, heads to the beach and reveals its 6-pack abs and all around muscular physique! Yeah, that’s the dollar I want to travel with, too. Historic gains have been ripping through the Read more about The Force is Strong With This One (Dollar): Top 3 Destinations to Spend Your Buck[…]

Blue and white street sign displaying walking distances to destinations on the corner of a Shanghai street.

How to Visit China Without a Visa and Save $150

How do I visit China without a visa? Luckily for you, I have the answer. Unfortunately for my past self, I suffered a lot of unnecessary stress before figuring it out. Visiting China without a visa is 100% possible to do, but a little misleading. You can indeed visit China without a visa in-hand before Read more about How to Visit China Without a Visa and Save $150[…]