Living Abroad: Having a Great Experience and Leaving a Great Impression

Mike Krause

If you play your cards right, living abroad can be an extraordinary life-changing experience. You will face so much more than just new language, food and culture, you’ll be surrounded by countless invisible differences which conspire together to create that unique foreign charm. At times you’ll struggle to explain or comprehend what you see around […]

Gear Review: What Kind of Backpack to Buy? Top Loader vs Side Loader

Backpack Pile

If you’re thinking of quitting your job and hitting the road in hopes of a more fulfilling life, then the first thing you’ll need is a good backpack to transport all your crap around the world.  As you start shopping for packs you’ll eventually notice that there are a variety of sizes, colors and brands…each […]

Spiti Valley: How To Get To Key Monastery (Ki Gompa)

Key Monastery, Spiti Valley, India

The Key Monastery (Ki Gompa in Tibetan) is located in Spiti Valley, which is in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.  It is the most iconic structure in the valley and should definitely be part of any trip into this corner of the Tibetan Plateau.  The monastery has a unique fort-like design due […]

Travel For Work: Is Traveling For Work Glamorous?

Business Travel

Sure!…at first.  But after a couple months it stops feeling that way, and I’m not sure it ever really comes back.  When I first started traveling for work I felt like a “baller”.  I was so surprised that a company would actually pay for my flights and my hotel and all of my food.  Surely […]

The Philippines: How To Get To Liwliwa Beach

Liwliwa Beach - Circle Hostel

If you live in Manila or are just visiting for a short time, you’ll no doubt come to the conclusion that traveling around the Philippines, while not difficult, can be time consuming.  With destinations that often require a messy combination of bus, boat and tricycle you may find that you don’t have time to get […]