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Getting from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Darjeeling by Bus

Read this before deciding to travel by land or air between Pokhara and Kathmandu (and either of these cities to Darjeeling, India). My land journeys within Nepal were the most nerve-racking trips I’ve been on. This article describes my experiences and lessons from these trips.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India
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A Tourist Visa That Goes a Very Long Way (Incredible India)

As an unemployed person in self-imposed exile, I seek cheap countries where I can stay for an extended period of time without worrying about renewing my visa. Enter India to the rescue! India, where cost of living is low, and a US citizen such as myself can stay for 6 months.

Lightning in Toronto, Canada
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Misadventures, Maladies and Missteps from Mostar to Machu Picchu

We tend to equate travel with adventure. We can plan a skydive, a scuba-dive, and a hike, but adventures that will stick out in your mind when you have returned home are those you never imagined would happen — in other words, the misadventures.

Day Pack
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20 Items to Carry in Your Day-Pack

The day pack is neither a carry-on nor a checked bag. Stowed away in your other luggage, taking up minimal space, this lightweight backpack is brought along for your day-trips and other short outings to tour cities and take in the natural surroundings.

Man in street
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About Michael

My name is Michael and I’m a restless, 40-something digital nomad and expert expat. Having spent a quarter of my life living abroad, and visiting approximately 70 countries on five continents, my goal is to help prepare the inexperienced traveler for the realities of life on the road.

Frustrated woman
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The Discontent of Disconnectedness

China’s internet restrictions blocked Google and other apps that I relied on in my daily life. Desperate, lost and bewildered as I wandered the frozen streets of Harbin without the guidance of Google Maps, I wondered how long I could remain in that state of disconnectedness.

Bum gun
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Bidets (the greatest joy of overseas travel)

My initial exposure to bidets was an eye-opening event. I was instantly converted, and there was no way I was going back to toilet tissue after this revelatory experience (at least not willingly).

Mobile Apps
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20 Essential Mobile Apps for the (not so) Intrepid Traveler

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; and, that first step is figuring out which mobile apps to install before you board your plane to that exotic faraway destination. I have compiled a list of the apps I’ve used most frequently on my travels.

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