How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Sleep, Or Lack There Of

May 4, 2013

My Tent In Thailand

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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Photo Friday – A Rose As Big As My Hand – Kyrenia, Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus

May 3, 2013

A Rose As Big As My Hand - Taken 1-May-2013 - Kyrenia, Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus

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Sunrise Over Bagan

May 1, 2013

Sunrise Over Bagan

I arrived in Bagan at 5am without a hotel reservation. Bad move, but after 30 minutes on a horse cart going from place to place, I was lucky enough to find a place to stay. After that was all settled, it was time to head off by horse cart to take in the sunrise over […]

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Burmese Kindness Series: Where The Heck Is General Aung San’s House?

April 29, 2013

Aung San's House And Museum

Myanmar, without a doubt, was one of the most interesting places I have visited. Apart from the beauty of the countryside and omnipresent temples, the wonderful people make this place unforgettable. In this series of articles, I share five short stories of small acts of kindness to give an insight into the heart of the Burmese […]

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What Is Love? The Hoyt’s Story

April 27, 2013

team hoyt

I came across this story and it was too beautiful not to share. Maybe it’s because I have thoughts of running my first marathon on my mind, or maybe it’s just because I’m human! How could you not be moved by such a story? In short, while in the womb Rick’s umbilical cord cut off […]

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Photo Friday – Welcoming Cypriot Home – Nicosia, Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus

April 26, 2013

Welcoming Mediterranean Home - Taken 25-Apr-2013 - Nicosia, Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus

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Shwedagon Pagoda – The Most Beautiful Pagoda In The World

April 24, 2013

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda is the world’s oldest pagoda. It is said to have eight of Buddha’s hairs and various other relics. It’s 99m/325ft tall, 2600 years old, and contains literally tons and tons of gold. It is, without a doubt, the symbol of Yangon. I went here on my first day in Myanmar. Apart from being […]

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Accepting Home

April 22, 2013

home sweet home2

This is a hard post to write because I think it would be hard for many to relate to what I’m about to say. I left the U.S. in 2004 and have basically been living abroad since. Each time I went back home things seemed to get more and more crazy. I didn’t see myself […]

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A Wimp’s Guide To Taking A Cold Shower

April 20, 2013

Mohawk In The Shower

I think I’ve taken more cold showers than heated showers thus far on The Happy Nomad Tour. I’ve developed a bit of a system since I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold despite growing up in extremely cold Cleveland, Ohio. So, here is a wimp’s guide to taking a cold shower should you […]

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Photo Friday – Plaza de Cibeles – Madrid, Spain

April 19, 2013

Plaza de Cibeles - Taken 13-Feb-2013 - Madrid, Spain

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Meeting An Awesome Future Olympian

April 17, 2013

With Morgan Tracey

While on my way home to surprise my mom for Christmas I had a long delay in Newark. I arrived in Newark at 5am and was supposed to head to Cleveland at 9:05am. But there was an hour of maintenance on the plane. Fine. But then a strange problem occurred – they couldn’t open the […]

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Happy Nomad Tour Update: The Start Of A New Era

April 16, 2013


That’s kind of a bold title, but in many ways this is the start of a new era for me and for The Happy Nomad Tour. I keep everything in chronological order on the website, but on a handful of occasions I break in with a real-time update. Yesterday I arrived on the island of Cyprus. At […]

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Change Your Paradigm – Break The Cycle

April 15, 2013

A Child Breaking Free From The Cycle?

There’s more to life than the American Dream we’ve been sold. In this series I present an alternative way to view the world and your surroundings. There is so much out there to experience, enjoy, and incorporate into our lives. It’s all there for the taking, but getting there is the hard part. In this […]

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Cultural Incompatibility: Hitting Children

April 13, 2013


I hesitate even calling this a cultural incompatibility because this is a behavior, or dare I say, a parenting style that cuts across all cultures. It’s not like machismo, which is widespread throughout Latin America, but male chauvinism varies from place to place. In all of Scandinavia I am pretty sure it’s illegal to hit […]

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Photo Friday – What Is Your Mission? – Bombay, India

April 12, 2013

What Is Your Mission - Taken 19-Dec-2012 - Bombay, India

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l’m Different..And Dangerous

April 10, 2013

Me With Tequila AK-47

Two recent headaches inspired me to write this post. Since I’ve chosen to live a very different kind of life, one that doesn’t make sense to many people, there are some undesirable side-effects. Flying Home When I flew home from Bombay to surprise my mom for Christmas I underwent the craziest security check I’ve ever […]

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A Tour Of India’s Most Infamous Slum

April 8, 2013

Mom & Kids

What kind of mental images come to mind when you hear the word slum? I presume nothing good comes to mind. And this slum in particular, Dharavi of Slumdog Millionaire fame, might conjure images of nasty men coercing children into begging. But, as you can imagine, the story is more complicated than that. Dharavi is […]

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