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Camp Treachery

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In late January, after five months of backpacking through Asia, I had finally returned to Western civilization: Australia. The land down under. Things were good. Modern. Comfortable. I was constantly amazed by the little conveniences of life that I had forgotten about -In my ardor, I even wrote a rather awkward manifesto about my love of toilet paper. I assumed the adventures were over. Enter Camp Treachery. I really only went to Australia on a long layover between Indonesia and New Zealand. I was there for four days with two main objectives: to visit Herb, a friend of mine from … Read More

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New Zealand’s Great Walks – Kepler and Routeburn

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You may not know this (I certainly didn’t) but New Zealand is famous for it’s hiking – in fact one of the hike’s, the Milfred Trek was once described as the “Finest walk in the world.” A bold statement to be sure. Unfortunately, whenever something is the biggest, best (or in this case finest) it gets overrun with visitors. Such is the situation with the Milfred which is so crowded that you must book slots on the trek up to six months in advance. Which of course I didn’t. The DOC (Department of Conservation) only allows 40 people to walk … Read More

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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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Houseboating in Kerela

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If you read my blog, you may remember that the first half of our India trip was a little intense. By the time we left Varanasi, I was ready for the easy lifestyle of Thailand. But, before we blew that pop stand forever, there was one last stop we needed to make – Southern India and the Kerela Backwaters. I had been reading about the planning a houseboat tour of the Kerela Backwaters since I saw a Bourdain special on it a few years ago. It looked amazing and seemed to be a really relaxing way to end our India … Read More

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Miracle at Kelimutu Craters

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We didn’t have great luck with the weather in Indonesia. We went during the rainy season and soon realized this meant that each day would involve at least some (and many times LOTS) of rain. Not matter, on Bali there was plenty of time to lay in the beach while it was sunny and plenty to explore during the rainy weather. However, by the time we flew to Flores (a neighboring island in Indonesia) we were ready for some sun. We had planned two very weather dependant activities – the first was a trip to the famous Kelimutu Craters and … Read More

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I’m an idiot

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If you follow this blog, you know that throughout this trip I’ve encountered several small, but bizarre injuries in my travels. First was my broken toe in Nepal, followed by my perforated eardrum on the way home from Everest Base Camp. Although both of these injuries were avoidable (wear better shoes while hiking and don’t try and pop your ears on the plane), neither of them can stack up to my recent malady’s stupidity. Not a week after I posted an article bemoaning the dumb choices traveller’s make, I did the most idiotic thing I’ve done on my trip so … Read More

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The “Best” Tour Ever

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For some reason, despite the fact that not a single tour we’ve done on this trip has gone well, I’ve yet to learn my lesson. You would think after the disaster that was our Great Wall Adventure we would have written off tours forever. In fact, we have signed up for several other one – three day tours without much more success. Our tiger leaping gorge tour was only marginally better and even a boat ride of Inle Lake in Myanmar that we arranged resulted in a visit to at least 5 “crafts dealers.” These tours got so predictably bad that … Read More

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