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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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Katie spent three years teaching in Beijing

Teaching English in China

Because I won’t be leaving on my backpacking trip to Central America until November, I asked my friend Katie to write a guest post about her three years in China. She taught English in Beijing and writes about cultural differences, her time in class and the “insulting” and humorous moment she realized she understood Chinese: […]

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