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Best Travel Backpacks (2018)

(Updated) I reviewed a ton of different backpacks… FOR SCIENCE! And of course to help you find the best one for you.

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How to Use Layovers to Get Two Trips In One

Why layovers are my favorite new travel hack.

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How I Spent My Layover In Istanbul (and Got a Free 4-Star Hotel)

I didn’t plan to go to Istanbul… until I saw they’ll comp you a 4-star hotel if you make a stopover. I’m glad I did.

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Beyond Dracula’s Castle: My 7 Favorite Places in Transylvania

A few highlights and travel tips from my road trip through Transylvania.

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5 Reasons Why I Utterly Loved Traveling In Romania

Romania surprised me in more ways than one. But fewer than 6.

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Philippines Beyond the Beaches: Rice Terraces & Hiking in Luzon

Get your foot out of the sand for some cultural and nature highlights of the Philippines.

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The Dumb Economics of Travel Blogging

Think travel blogs often cover overly familiar topics? Well, there is a reason for it…

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Ultimate Guide to Palawan, Philippines (Route + Travel Tips)

Plan your trip to Palawan with this guide to all its great beaches and islands.

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Chiang Mai: 10 Awesome (and Unusual) Things to Do

Top sights and some alternative highlights in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s nomad hub and enduring traveler favorite.

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Bangkok by Area: 7 Neighborhoods You Shouldn’t Miss

Explore Bangkok’s local neighborhoods with these insider tips.

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A Backpacker’s Guide to Panama (Travel Tips + Top Places)

No, Panama is not just a canal! This guide will show you all this much-overlooked destination has to offer.

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Road Tripping the Bolaven Plateau (With Laos’ Most Epic Waterfalls!)

While motorbiking through southern Laos I saw many stunning waterfalls… and feasted on ants.

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Starting a Travel Blog: A No-BS Guide (Setup + Growth + Income)

Back when I started this blog, I honestly did it all wrong. Here’s how you can start your blog the right way.

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Backpack Review: Tortuga Setout (My New Favorite Carry-On!)

Oh goody! At last, the new Tortuga Setout is exactly the backpack I’ve always wished for.

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Packing Like a Pro and Traveling Light—My Ultimate Guide

Stop traveling like a mule! Pack light and be free like a bird by using these ultimate packing hacks.

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How to Spend a Few Days in Singapore (On a Budget)

​An updated look at Southeast Asia’s most expensive city. Can you survive on a budget here?

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Where to Travel in Southeast Asia: Countries at a Glance

Get stoked to travel Asia with my top highlights for each country and links to all my in-depth guides.

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25 Pro Tips for Backpacking Southeast Asia

How to deal with flesh-eating bacteria — and other hard-won advice.

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A Backpacker’s Guide to Laos

Find out how to get the most out of your visit to this remote and beautiful land. (2018 Update.)

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A Wonderful Day Exploring Around Luang Namtha by Motorbike

I left behind the trodden path in Laos, and drove along potholed roads to a little town near the Chinese border.

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A Brief Guide to Si Phan Don (the 4000 Islands)

On Don Det I expected to find an out-of-control party island… but found something very different instead.

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Laos: Slow Boat or Bus? (I Did Both… Here’s Wot I Think)

The Laos slow boat is backpacker classic. But could the bus journey be just as good?

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Flying Through the Trees Like a Monkey at the Gibbon Experience

Stay in the world’s tallest treehouse and zipline high above the canopy at this unique ecotourism project.

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Southeast Asia Itinerary Suggestions For 2 Weeks To 2 Months (& more)

Advice for planning a trip to Southeast Asia, in particular the mainland countries (2018 Update).

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5 Essential Safety Tips For Traveling Central America

Central America can still be a bit sketchy in places. Here are some key ways to avoid any trouble.

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Hammock Time on Koh Rong Sanloem

A perfectly tranquil beach. No wifi, and only limited electricity. Just my kind of place.

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Impressions of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Rapidly Changing Capital

In photos: the capital of Cambodia, an intriguing mix of old and new.

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Cambodia: Seeing the Cracks in the Picture

On visiting Cambodia a second time, I got a less idealized impression of the country — and had a lot more complicated feelings.

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Trekking the Cardamom Mountains in Remote Cambodia

Deep in one of the last unfragmented rainforests in Southeast Asia, I find a hopeful story.

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A Backpacker’s Guide to Cambodia

A budget guide to exploring Cambodia, far beyond just the temples of Angkor Wat… (2018 Update)

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