• How to Avoid Getting Hassled by the Cops in Cambodia (Hint: Money Talks)

    A man in a blue shirt steps in front of me blowing a whistle and waving a stick as I am cruising down the street on my motorbike. I know he wants me to pull over, but do I really have to? No. Not really. Generally, it is easy...
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    The Best Cabo San Lucas Tours for Adrenaline Junkies

    When tourists begin to plan their trip to Cabo San Lucas, they generally start off dreaming about delicious, refreshing drinks, shimmering nightlife, and beautiful sandy beaches. However, as more visitors than ever before are beginning to realize, there are a number of exciting adventures and opportunities waiting in Cabo...
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    8 Surprising Things an Expat Must Get Used to While Living in Japan

    Japan is a land of contrasts: at once modern and traditional, noisy and quiet, natural and urban. It’s no wonder it would take a bit of getting used to for any new resident. Add to this, cultural traditions that have lasted for hundreds of years with few outside influences,...
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    How Not To Starve in Osaka, Japan

    I’d like to start off this article by stating the obvious: Japan is not cheap. It doesn’t matter where you live, in a big or small city, in a village or on a mountain. Everything from pillows to electricity can cost a bundle. As one fellow expat said, “You...
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    Prague: A City Guide for Romanticists

    It has been said that Prague, in the Czech Republic, may be an even more romantic city than Paris. That claim may be up for subjective debate, but Prague definitely has the power to turn any traveler or visitor into a romanticist. The ancient, medieval history of Prague and...
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    BASU eAlarm and Tripwire Hook Portable Emergency Alarm

    A few things can happen when you’re camping or backpacking out in the wilderness alone. Someone unscrupulous could stumble upon your camp with the intent to harm you, or animals can stumble upon your camp. If the latter happens and the animal is a bear or wolf, you’re going...
  • Sound Oasis Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Sound Therapy System

    When in you’re in a strange place, far from home sometimes it can be super difficult to calm your nerves and get comfortable. Whether that’s visiting family or friends, or in a remote hotel room, or even out under the stars, there’s no place quite like home – or...
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    spAIR Tray Portable Travel Shelf for Commercial Flights

    You don’t have much room in the economy class seats on a plane. Honestly, you don’t have a whole lot of room to maneuver in first class either. I’m not talking about actual open space; I’m talking about usable space such as a fold-out shelf or on your lap....
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    Noke Padlock 1st Gen Smart Lock

    Sometimes, you just need a reliable lock; if so the Noke Padlock is a good candidate. Maybe you want to lock down your luggage so no one can rifle through it? Maybe you want to secure your bag to a nearby chair or piece of furniture while you’re busy...
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    Pacsafe Citysafe LS200 Anti-Theft Handbag

    Europe is infamous for pickpocketing, purse-snatching, and more. Not that it doesn’t happen anywhere else, but in places like France or Italy, you’re usually in awe of the scenery and don’t take in your surroundings well enough. This allows ample time for someone unscrupulous to sneak up and attack....
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    A Monkey’s Lunch: Helpless And Hungry at Monkey Beach

    It seems that the dumbest ideas always take seed in the nicest of places. It must have something to do with the fact that there is so much idle time while relaxing in paradise and your mind can wander very far from what might be considered the normal thought...
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    The Weird and Wonderful World of Las Pozas, Mexico

    High in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico, hidden in a subtropical jungle, there exists a surreal sculptural fantasyland called Las Pozas. It was created by English eccentric and visionary, Edward James between the years 1949 and 1984. This incredible place is well off the beaten track, but a...
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    Duomo del Fiore, The Crown of Florence

    Scuola Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy is a school for foreigners. It says so on the brass building plaque burnished on the brick beside the main entrance. As I check in for orientation, I walk through a cloud of students on their break, sucking in nicotine and nursing espresso shots from...
  • The Sounds of Cambodia: Not Quite Music to the Ears

    People often wonder what it’s like moving to an exotic destination like Cambodia, without really having to make the move themselves. The number of would-be expats is much higher than the number of actual expats. Most people just live the dream in their minds but can’t commit in real...
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    Fighting for Great Steaks: Observing Calcio Storico in Florence, Italy

    The crowd of over 2000 exuberant fans roars, “Viva Fiorenza!”  The blast of a cannon marks the entrance of the noble horsemen clad in velvet, gold, and leather, perched atop radiant stallions clip-clopping their way through Piazza Santa Croce. Armored foot soldiers, alabardieri, follow close behind with intimidating swords...