Pai, Thailand: the latest town to be ruined by backpackers

Sitting in Pai, Thailand, I have a sense shame as a traveler by being associated with backpackers.  On the one hand, traveling breeds business opportunities and distributes money to places…

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Hobbiton, New Zealand: Tourist Farm

The Shire sets from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies are available to visit in Matamata, New Zealand. It’s located on a farm and surrounded by other sheep…

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6 month recap of our year long round the world trip

6 months into our year long round the world trip, here are the weird things we’ve learned. “Writing in the air” will get you the check across all cultures Restaurant…

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Bagan, Myanmar: city of temples

Bagan, Myanmar is known as the spiritual center of the country with it’s miles of pagodas and terrible food.  Fine, most people just think of the temples.  The Burmese have…

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Argentina Travel Tips

Argentina can be tricky for tourists, so here are some Argentina travel tips.  We stayed there for roughly a month over a few locations, and had a pretty good of…

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Sydney, Australia: A chic cityscape

Sydney, Australia has a good reputation among travelers as a “must go” destination but no one ever explains why.  Most Americans look at Australia and think Crocodile Dundee, Steve Irwin,…

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Mendoza, Argentina's Lujan de Cuyo wine region: Oh god my liver hurts

It’s not a secret that Alicia and I are wine fanatics.  Some of our favorites come from Mendoza, Argentina’s wine region.  We went on a few tours of the popular…

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Cusco Cooking Class

Once upon a time, Cusco used to be the capital of the Incan civilization.  Now it’s primarily a rest stop on the way to Macchu Pichu.  But with that much…

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Stuck in the past: Peru

We went on a “day in the life tour” of a native Peruvian.  There were some downsides to the tour which I already detailed, so we’ll concentrate on the good…

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Cusco, Peru: Incredibly Touristy

Cusco, Peru is the second stop in our round the world trip.  Our stay in Lima was to get our feet wet in a big, foreign city before heading out…

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