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How I convinced Madagascar to change their visa policies

I’ve been trying to figure out if I’ll be ok to enter Madagascar with a 15 year old Yellow Fever vaccine for about two months now. A few weeks ago I wrote about this Madagascar travel vaccine saga.  The official Madagascar visa website said that you must have proof of a Yellow Fever vaccine within the […]

Travel vaccine lessons from my Madagascar trip

Over the past 15 years my travels have required a lot of vaccines. I’ve pretty much covered all the bases. So I got lazy and  barely look at vaccine recommendations anymore. It turns out that’s not necessarily a good policy. I’m planning a trip  to Madagascar this year. And I discovered that Madagascar requires proof […]

Website redesign help wanted

It’s time to start thinking about revamping my website. It’s been a few years since the last re-design. And inevitably the content becomes less organized and the usability less optimal. So I’m looking for help in a few ways: Do you have thoughts about how to better organize Have you tried to find some […]

How Small is Your Luggage?

I’ve recently downsized my luggage to a regular daypack sized backpack for most of my trips. Yep, I’m bragging about this. I’m pretty proud as it’s always been my goal to travel with as little luggage as possible. This is a switch from the carry on Tortuga backpack that I’ve been using for years. I […]

Torres del Paine packing list suggestions

I find packing lists super helpful when planning my travels. I have a bunch of generic ones I copy from, depending on the type of trip I’m taking. One for hot climates, one for cold climates, etc. But I don’t have a generic backpacking list because each trip is very different. Also because I just […]

Torres del Paine backpacking – Important things to know

There are a lot of things I wish I had known before setting out on my 8 day backpacking trip around Torres del Paine. Here I’ve summed up basic stuff I think every hiker should know in advance. Some of these points I found on other blogs, some I didn’t know until I got there. […]

Torres del Paine – details from my trip backpacking the O

This is the first in a series of 3 posts I’m doing on my Torres del Paine backpacking trip. It’s not my usual sharing economy topic but I think I have some useful info that will help others. And even if you don’t plan on ever visiting this park, perhaps you’ll enjoy a few of […]

Overnight in an Onsen: How to maximize a 9 hour layover in Tokyo

Staying overnight at an Onsen was a fabulous use of my brief Tokyo layover, but I had a very hard time finding this information online. So I’m sharing the details in case others in the same situation want to consider this option. The backstory: I booked a crazy cheap ticket to Malaysia and included in it what […]

Dental Tourism: Saving Money for more Traveling

TL;DR: Americans can save lots of money getting dental work done in Spain. Or save even more going to other countries. For many years I associated medical tourism with women getting plastic surgery. This is probably because I first heard about this phenomenon in Costa Rica where they have resorts devoted to just this sort of […]

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