How I Afford my Life
Apr24

How I Afford my Life

Since I retired three years ago I have had a lot of people ask how much it costs to fund my travel adventures. I have always been hesitant to answer that because what a person “needs” is a very personal thing and the way I live may seem, depending on where you are coming from, either extraordinarily extravagant or miserably deprived. I truly am fortunate because most of the choices I make are lifestyle decisions and not ones of...

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Wordless Wednesday | Petronas Towers
Apr23

Wordless Wednesday | Petronas Towers

Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Share on Orkut share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Buzz it up Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Tell a friend You Might Also LikeTurning Nomadic Part OneYucatan Nature Walk with Jim ConradStreet Food | Mexican Taco CartsStreet Food | DoriantojosZapatista Passport CheckLantern FestivalStreet Food | Cambodian...

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What Does it Cost to Live in Bali for a Month?
Apr21

What Does it Cost to Live in Bali for a Month?

Since I posted my Easter greeting from Bali, Indonesia yesterday I have had a lot of people ask what it costs to stay here. The flippant answer would be “whatever you want it to” and that would be accurate. There are places on the island going for 3,000 USD a night if that is what you are looking for and there are also shared dorm rooms going for only a few dollars a night. Meals can be had for under a dollar and I am sure if you...

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Happy Easter from Bali
Apr20

Happy Easter from Bali

I am not a very religious person but I do enjoy many of the holiday traditions from my childhood. My favorites always revolved around a great meal. Even though the holidays are completely different here I do miss Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas ham and Easter roasts. Because most of my meals are “local” — meaning, wherever I am at the time — it is often hard (but not impossible to) replicate western holiday traditions while traveling...

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The pursuit of happiness vs. the pursuit of property
Apr18

The pursuit of happiness vs. the pursuit of property

The pursuit of happiness vs. the pursuit of property This article was originally published in the April 13, 2014 edition of “The Dallas Morning News”. This is the third essay I have written for the folks at DMN and I look forward to doing more soon! In 1776, America’s Founding Fathers helped create the first country in history that enshrined the concept of “happiness” in its founding documents. By choosing to insert “the pursuit of...

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5 Photos from Bhutan’s Strongman Competition
Apr17

5 Photos from Bhutan’s Strongman Competition

One of the highlights of Bhutan’s gathering of nomadic highlanders known as the Nomad Festival is the strongman competition where herders from the Himalayan frontiers and villagers near Bhutan’s Bumthang district compete (and drink Arra) to see who is the strongest. The crowds get excited — and I suspect wager a bit — about seeing who among them can best carry various 100 kilogram objects along a 100 meter course. First comes the...

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