How To Win The Lottery

May 21, 2012

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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

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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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Photo Friday – Pre-Incan Salt Ponds – Maras, Peru

May 11, 2012

Pre-Incan Salt Ponds - Taken 3-May-2012 - Maras, Peru

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Security And Safety

May 10, 2012

Me With Tequila AK-47

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 – Ignorance Is Agony, Not Bliss

May 9, 2012

Books For Sale In Peru

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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Tortugas Beach – Casma’s Rocky Beach Surrounded By Sand And Desert

May 8, 2012

The Beach

When I got to Casma, everyone told me I had to visit Tortugas, the beach, and Sechin, the ancient ruins. Both are just outside of town. On my first weekend I visited Tortugas. It was small, as expected, but there was no sand! It just seems unjust that a place surrounded by desert has no […]

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Volunteering At Fiore Peru – Teaching English And Teaching Myself How To Teach

May 7, 2012

My Class Of Youngsters

My volunteering opportunity in Casma was to teach introductory English to a class of kids between 11 and 15 years old, and give private lessons to a 15-year-old and 21-year-old who have a more advanced level. Man, it was hard! One of the passions I identified as part of The Happiness Plunge process was teaching. […]

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The Sechin Ruins – The Oldest Settlement In The Americas

May 5, 2012

The Site And The Landscape

The Sechin Ruins are a must visit if you are in Casma. Set just outside the city, it’s a simple taxi ride away. The ruins are said to be 5500-years-old (well before the Incas). In fact, it’s the oldest known urban settlement in all of the Americas. To give some context, this site is older […]

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Photo Friday – “Are You Seeing What I’m Seeing?” – Machu Pichu, Peru

May 4, 2012

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – “How Can You Afford It?”

May 3, 2012

The Nomadmobile

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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Casma, Peru – A Wonderful Desert Town I Called Home

May 2, 2012

Casma, Peru

It’s kind of funny how I ended up in Casma. I shot for Trujillo, Peru’s third biggest city, and ended up in Casma, a small village. I searched for volunteering opportunities in Trujillo and found Fiore Peru. They told me they needed help teaching English in Casma and I was in! As mentioned in my […]

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