How You Can Cycle around Taiwan with a Lonely Planet Writer

Ever dreamed of traveling around Taiwan- by bicycle? I’ve had the honor of becoming friends with Joshua Samuel Brown, fellow Portlander and wanderluster, over the last couple of years. He’s an amazing individual and travel writer who shares my affinity with Taiwanese culture. So much so that he lived there for seven years, learning Mandarin … Continue reading How You Can Cycle around Taiwan with a Lonely Planet Writer

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How to be a “Real” Backpacker

Recently, on the bus from Penang, Malaysia to Phuket, Thailand, I met a group of four Indonesian men traveling together. Equipped with designer bags, sunglasses, and beaming smiles, they joked that they wanted to be "real" backpackers, like me. This got me thinking about what it means to be a "real" backpacker. While I'm wandering … Continue reading How to be a “Real” Backpacker

What Do You Want from Life?

Well, since this is my first post, I thought it would be appropriate to begin with a quote from one of my favorite authors-- who happens to be from one of my favorite countries— Paulo Coelho from Brasil. It's like this: "What do you want? You can’t want to be happy, because that’s too easy … Continue reading What Do You Want from Life?