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My Ridiculously Detailed Camino de Santiago Packing List: What Worked, What Didn’t and Why

November 5, 2015 | Advice, Spain | 45 Comments

Back in September, I completed one of the most challenging and satisfying experiences of my life. In a little over a month I walked from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a small French town at the base of the Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela and onward to Finisterre on Spain’s Atlantic coast. These routes, the Camino Frances and Camino Finisterre, are part of a vast network of medieval pilgrim paths across Europe collectively known as the Camino de Santiago.

I’ll write plenty more about the experience in the future, but wanted to devote one post solely to the gear I took — exactly what I chose to take and leave behind, and how well those choices worked over the course of my five week walk.

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Man in hammock

And Then He Wrote a Book…

February 16, 2014 | Advice | 21 Comments

As you may have noticed, things have been a bit quiet around here lately.

I mean, it’s not like I hold myself to a rigorous posting schedule these days, but even for me, two posts and a couple of photos in a month is pretty lax. The good thing, I guess, is that I have an excuse… and for a change, it’s a pretty decent one.

You see, even though I’ve been living a few hundred metres from the Caribbean Sea for the last month and dining on delicious street food every day (tacos de arrachera and tortas de cochinita pibil have changed my life), I’ve been spending all day, every day in my apartment or hunched over my laptop in a local coffee shop.

Why, you may rightly ask? Why on earth would I inflict such punishment on myself?

Well, you see, it’s because I’ve been writing a book.

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Dave, Koh Rong

15 Life Lessons from 15 Years of Travel

February 14, 2013 | Advice, Travel | 125 Comments

For the last decade and a half I’ve been addicted to life on the road. Here, then, are fifteen life lessons from my last fifteen years of travel. .

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Looking down

Just a little longer

May 23, 2012 | Advice, Article, Travel | 22 Comments

I want to travel, but…

…my girlfriend doesn’t want to come with me…

…my family don’t understand…

…it’s a terrible economy…

…my boss promised me a raise…

…I want to go to grad school…

…I don’t have enough money…

…so I’m not going to leave quite yet.

But I’ll do it soon. I will.

I just need a little longer.

Those are all good reasons not to travel right now.

There is always a good reason to put it off, and there will always be a good reason.

And that’s the problem.

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100 dollar startup

The $100 Startup Sale: save a fortune, change your world, maybe even get your money back.

May 1, 2012 | Advice | 1 Comment

Six months ago I walked away from my corporate life for the last time. I’d done it many times before to travel, but last November it was different. I was travelling, sure, but I was also building an online business. I want to live this life forever, and – until money starts growing on trees – that means I also need to fund it.

A fair chunk of both the inspiration and the detailed how-to information that got me over the line came from two sources: Chris Guillibeau’s fantastic blog, books and World Domination Summit, and a few crazy three-day course and ebook sales over the last 18 months. Without these resources I suspect I would never have built up the courage to do what I’m doing, or had the faintest clue how to do it.

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What is – and isn’t – in my travel first aid kit

February 13, 2012 | Advice, Backpacking 101, Travel | 19 Comments

“You need more than that!”

My sister looked at me despairingly as I showed her the contents of the small plastic food container I now called my first aid kit.

“What about the latex gloves? You’ll need syringes. Oh, and don’t forget a bandage or two. Stay right there, I’ll be right back…”

A few minutes later I pushed the pile of medical supplies to one side. “Sis, I know you’re a paramedic and all, but seriously? I’m not taking all this shit with me!”

Having carted armfuls of medicine around the world with me in the past – all of which eventually expired without seeing the light of day – I had decided on one simple rule this time around.

Less is more.

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Burmese border

Five minutes in Burma

January 11, 2012 | Advice, Thailand, Travel | 5 Comments

Thailand has many things going for it.

It has beautiful beaches, good weather and amazing food.

It has a proud history, friendly people and low prices.

It has scooters.

On the flip side, it also has an interesting set of visa regulations that require most foreigners who want to stay in Thailand for a while to regularly be somewhere else.

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9 life lessons from a song about sunscreen

August 29, 2011 | Advice, Travel | 25 Comments

Music is a powerful thing.

Songs can make us deliriously happy and terribly sad. They make us snap our fingers, tap our feet and dance until we can’t stand up. Music soothes the soul and starts revolutions.

Sometimes it can even inspire us to live a better life.

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