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Songkran Check List for Chiang Mai

If you ever dreamed about having the ultimate water fight when you were a kid, you can definitely live that fantasy in Thailand. For five days in the middle of April, the country celebrates Songkran, a Thai new year festival that involves throwing water on people wherever they may be. The most famous celebrations take […]

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Traveler’s Diarrhea and How to Handle It

Let’s face it. This is a disgusting topic, but more than likely if you travel to a developing country, you’re going to have a few bouts with traveler’s diarrhea or other intestinal bugs. Prevention – Visit a travel clinic before you travel – In my case, the doctor wrote me a prescription that I could […]

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Losing an ATM Card While Traveling

Don’t carry your ATM card in your wallet. Keep it in a money belt and only take it out when you intend to use it. Put money on a Google Talk or Skype account before you leave the United States. It will cost less than buying a phone card overseas. If you do lose your […]

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Dangers of hiking Camelback Mountain

I think the rules of hiking should be laid out for people like me. The first rule of hiking: Don’t wear Vans. The second rule of hiking: Don’t wear Vans. This and other examples showed my inexperience in hiking Camelback Mountain, and if it weren’t for a couple of hikers, a park ranger and my […]

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Where I’m Going

A lot of people have been asking me lately where I’m going on my two trips. I like to think of myself as a spontaneous person, so I hate to make plans just to break them later. But here’s what I’m thinking right now: West Coast Tour – Seven weeks Start Date: 9/12/12 Budget: $1,400 […]

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