How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – This Website

September 22, 2012

My Location

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 – My Happiness Clinic – Davao, Philippines

September 21, 2012

My Happiness Clinic - Taken 14-Sep-2012 - Davao, Philippines

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Hanoi, Vietnam – A Chaotic And Historic Capital

September 20, 2012

The Temple Of Literature

Hanoi was a bit underwhelming, to be honest. It’s the capital of Vietnam, its second-biggest city, and it was the last city I’d visit before heading to Laos. As I headed north in Vietnam, the people seemed to get less patient, more frenetic, more confrontational, and less respectful. And being in traffic was just horrible […]

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The Former Vietnam DMZ – Tunnels, Cemetery, And Military Base/Museum

September 19, 2012

Tunnel Entrance

The Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone cut the country in half along the 17th parallel. It was later moved to the Ben Hai River as you can’t see a degree of latitude in real life. Here is a video crossing the river from what used to be North Vietnam into South Vietnam: I visited the Demilitarized Zone […]

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Knowingly Getting Robbed On A Bus In Vietnam

September 18, 2012

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I’m sure I have been cheated out of money dozens of times on my trip. I pay the “foreigner” tax or the “gringo” tax and that’s just how it goes. Sometimes I catch a small smirk as they earn twice as much as they should have from the sale, other times I’d never know. But […]

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Anh – The Smiling Undercover Superhero Of Da Nang, Vietnam

September 17, 2012

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For me, Da Nang, Vietnam conjures up one image – the smiling face of Anh. In Da Nang I arranged to couchsurf with Phuong. But she told me I couldn’t stay in her home, but rather I’d stay with a friend of hers – the founder of an organization called Tam Thien that helps kids with […]

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Hoi An, Vietnam – Asia’s Ancient Trading Hub

September 15, 2012

Traditional Hoi An Way Of Life

Hoi An is one of the stops on the Vietnamese Tourist Trail. It used to dominate trade in Southeast Asia a couple hundred years ago and was a melting pot of trade among Asians, Arabs, and Indians – later Europeans as well. With such a rich history comes a very beautiful town. The streets are […]

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Photo Friday – Filipino Spiderman – Liloan, Philippines

September 14, 2012

Filipino Spiderman - Taken 8-Sept-2012 - Liloan, Philippines

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“Going Rogue” And Renting A Motorbike

September 13, 2012

Me On My Rented Motorbike

When I was in Ho Chi Minh City I had the crazy idea of buying a motorbike and exploring Vietnam on my own, going from city to city using my motorbike. Logic won me over in the end. Plus, I read online that if you are involved in an accident and you have no valid […]

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Dalat, Vietnam – Vietnam’s Honeymoon Capital Up In The Mountains

September 12, 2012

Flower Farm

Da Lat is the honeymoon capital of Vietnam and it’s easy to see why. You may think of the perfect honeymoon destination being a warm, sandy beach. But most Vietnamese people already live in a very hot environment and beaches line the coast. Da Lat offers something special for the Vietnamese – chilly weather! It […]

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Cambodia In Pictures

September 11, 2012

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Cambodia is an amazing and beautiful country. Below are some of my favorite pictures, which can, in a small way, tell the story of this beautiful country.

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Getting Bitten In The Ass.. In Cambodia.. By Bedbugs

September 10, 2012

The Marks Of The Bedbug Beasts

It’s obvious that I’ve been bitten by the travel bug. My trip to Egypt in 2004 infected me with this incurable infirmity. But in Cambodia I was bitten by another kind of bug.. Bed bugs. At least I’m 90% sure they were bed bugs. The red bumps are not mosquito bites and I’ve never had […]

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The Joy Of Cambodian Tuk Tuks

September 8, 2012

Batmobiles

I definitely prefer motorbike taxis here over tuk tuks. The tuk tuks are slow and cumbersome, but when it rains they can be closed and the passenger is shielded from the rain as you can see below. But in Siem Reap, they take tuk tuk design to the next level. Some places I went in […]

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Photo Friday – Inspiring Future Generations – Abellana National School, Cebu, Philippines

September 7, 2012

Inspiring Future Generations - Taken 4-Sep-2012 - Abellana National School, Cebu, Philippines

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So Many Questions And So Much Sadness In Southeast Asia

September 6, 2012

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So far my time in Southeast Asia has made me contemplate and look within a lot. It’d be easy to let the sadness of the recent past overwhelm all the awesomeness and smiles currently going on in these countries. But some horrible atrocities have been committed here very much within living memory – namely the […]

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Siem Reap, Cambodia – Asia’s Laboratory For Social Business?

September 5, 2012

Common Grounds Cafe

Siem Reap has a lot of exciting stuff going on from a social business point of view. I’ve never been somewhere so full of social businesses. What’s a social business? To me, it’s a business that exists to benefit a cause, a community, or humanity instead of maximizing investment return for shareholders. Or, put another […]

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Sunrise And Motorcycle Rescue At Angkor Wat

September 4, 2012

Sunrise At Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world. At 400 square kilometers / 154 square miles, the site is enormous. It’s full of temples and structures built between the 9th and 15th centuries. It is believed that this site was the largest pre-industrial city in the world. What started off as monuments to […]

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