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May 2012

How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Loneliness

May 31, 2012

Me, Myself, And I

Many people have asked me how I could just leave my job and seemingly travel perpetually. How can I afford it? How do you find places to stay for free all the time? How do you find places to volunteer? All questions I’ve received by email, and now I’m sharing the secrets in a series […]

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Speaking At Centrum Business School In Lima, Peru

May 30, 2012

My Speech At Centrum Business School

I had the good fortune of being invited by Centrum Business School, the graduate business school attached to Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru, to give a speech about my experiences and share some advice. Spanish When we started talking about the event, I was told it would be in English. No problem. When everything was […]

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Lima, Peru – A Home Away From Home

May 29, 2012

Me And Gigi With Lima Behind Us

Lima. It’s a place I knew I could call home ever since I lived with my Peruvian sisters in Madrid. But I didn’t realize just how much I’d feel at home there. Arrival I arrived after my marathon bus ride from Yauya. My friend, Gigi, had a crazy day of running around to finish things […]

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From Snow To Mountain Greenery To Desert Hotness – A Bus Trip With A Little Of Everything Earth Has To Offer

May 28, 2012

Cordillera Blanca

Getting from Yauya to Lima was a 20-hour a process. First, there was the night bus from Yauya to Huaraz. You leave Yauya at 9pm and arrive in Huaraz at 5am. Along the way you pass through the Cordillera Blanca. At 4800m/3 miles high, you are right in the thick of the mountain snow. The […]

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The Happy Nomad Tour Anthems

May 26, 2012

Musical notes

A year ago I wrote a post about my anthems in life. Although those songs still hold true, some new songs have taken on some meaning as well. Below you can see some new anthems I’ve incorporated into my life as a result of The Happy Nomad Tour. Makes Me Feel Thankful This song kept […]

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Photo Friday – Reflecting Back To The Start Of This Trip As I Briefly Return Home – Cleveland, OH, USA

May 25, 2012

Me At Cleveland Airport

As I return home to Cleveland this morning exactly 9 months after entering Latin America and traveling 22,591km/14,040mi, below is a video I shot in the Cleveland Airport on August 10th, 2011 at the start of The Happy Nomad Tour. I never could have imagined how wonderful this experience would be, and all the amazing […]

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Money

May 24, 2012

12 and half Venezuelan Bolivar Cents

Many people have asked me how I could just leave my job and seemingly travel perpetually. How can I afford it? How do you find places to stay for free all the time? How do you find places to volunteer? All questions I’ve received by email, and now I’m sharing the secrets in a series […]

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Que Caro Es Ser Pobre/How Expensive It Is To Be Poor – Change For A 50?

May 23, 2012

The Store And Vendor

When I was volunteering at Maya Pedal in Guatemala there was a sign on the wall that said “Que Caro Es Ser Pobre”. It means “How expensive it is to be poor.” As I travel through many of the world’s “poor” countries, I am writing a series of articles about how expensive it is to be poor. […]

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Volunteering At Jatun Nani – A Rural Library Project Close To Heaven

May 22, 2012

Inside The Library

As I mentioned in my post about Yauya, I ended up here thanks to a friend of mine from my MBA. But I had no idea what to expect other than being completely off the grid. What I found in Yauya stunned me and, in the words of the Indonesian Guru from Eat, Pray, Love, […]

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How To Win The Lottery

May 21, 2012


I was inspired to write this article was I saw the frenzy surrounding the $640,000,000 Mega Millions lottery jackpot in the U.S. at the end of March. It was kind of disgusting, to be honest. It’s interesting that lotteries are so successful around the world. You part with a small amount of money with the […]

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Do You See A World Of Abundance Or Scarcity?

May 19, 2012

A Doll Embodying Abundance

I feel like the modern world is one based on scarcity and money allows you to buy pieces of the scarce resources you need to survive. Contrast this with a traditional way of living (still practiced by many) where everything you need is available and abundant. But these two different lives get at the heart […]

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Photo Friday – A Sky That Glows – Puka Pukara, Cusco, Peru

May 18, 2012

A Sky That Glows - Taken 30-Apr-2012 - Puka Pukara, Cusco, Peru

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Yauya, Peru – Extremely Rural Life Deep In The Andes

May 17, 2012

Yauya - Close To Heaven

When I started The Happy Nomad Tour, I endeavored to find opportunities far off the beaten path. Yauya is the epitome of this goal. It’s not even in Google Maps. Yauya is in the province of Carlos Fermin Fitzcarrald and is 3250m/2 miles above sea level. An awesome friend of mine told me about the […]

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Willkawain – Pre-Incan Ruinas, A Four-Year-Old Businessman, And My Life Being Threatened

May 16, 2012

Indigneous Area

While staying in Huaraz I went on a two-hour hike by myself to the nearby Incan ruins of Willkawain. I was given a ski pole before I left and I thought it was so I’d have a walking stick. But no, she told me I’d need it to protect myself against the dogs. So far, […]

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Huaraz, Peru – Easter Week, Mountains, And Eating Guinea Pig

May 15, 2012

The Tallest Mountain

Huaraz is a city 3200m/2miles above sea level. It was my introduction to the Peruvian Andes. I ended up here by default. I had nowhere to be for Semana Santa (Easter Week) and I had to depart for my next stop from Huaraz. It’s hard to believe I spent a week in Huaraz as it […]

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Happiness Plunge Inc.’s Q3 “Report To Shareholders” – Still Great Outcomes, Still No Income

May 14, 2012

Growth Chart

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nine months since I hit the road and three months since my last quarterly report and six months since the first quarterly report. But it has and it’s been a great three months in South America. My experiences in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru have, for the most part, […]

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Labeling People – The Happy “Pakistani” Nomad

May 12, 2012


People often rely on stereotypes and preconceived notions to judge and classify people. It makes this complicated world easier. Maybe it’s partly biological, a survival mechanism left over from hunter-gatherer days. Below is a conversation I have had hundreds of times on my trip. New person: “Where are you from?” Me: “The U.S.” New person: […]

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