Monthly Archives: February 2013

My Travel Reading List

Believe it or not, this trip is going on it’s six month. And, in that time I’ve had a lot of time to read. Waiting at airports, endless bus rides, sleepless nights in mongolian tents…the list goes on. In fact, on this trip I’ve probably found more time to read than ever before and I thought it would be interesting (read: for me) to share my book list from this trip. In no particular order: OB VII – Leon Uris Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn Dark Places – Gillian Flynn Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn A Short History of Nearly … Read More

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Overstaying your Indonesia Visa

When I originally planned my Indonesia it became apparent that it would be impossible to explore the entire country in the 28 days allowed by the visa on arrival. After carefully laying out an agenda – it looked like we would need a a minimum five extra days – which meant I would need to apply for a visa extension. Then, thanks to my epic worst day of travel, I arrived in Indonesia a day later than I anticipated. Then, thanks to ticket prices, I actually flew out to Australia a day earlier than expected. Then I found out that the visa … Read More

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New Zealand is for Jumpers

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“Hi, my name is Andy and I’ll be driving you to whichever structure you’ve chosen to fling yourselves off this morning.” Thus began my Nevis adventure in Queenstown, New Zealand. Queenstown activities are an amazing array of crazy adventure sports for equally crazy people. Skydiving, canyoning, jet boating…the list goes on forever. But, if your really wondering what to do in Queenstown, the obvious answer is Bungy Jumping. Bungy Jumping was invented in New Zealand by a guy named AJ Hackett who jumped off a 43 m bridge near Queenstown. Since then it’s spawned a range of crazier and more … Read More

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Scammed in Indonesia?

I’ve written before about the scams you may face while traveling – in fact I’ve been scammed myself. Having had this ‘experience’ I thought I was world wise and could avoid these all too common ploys to separate the traveler from their small budgets. In Mongolia, I met two Danish girls who I ended up traveling with for a few weeks. In Beijing, we met up for dinner and they began to relay the odd events of their day. They had apparently met these local Chinese girls who had invited them for tea… As soon as I heard the start … Read More

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