Once they get you through the gate, they want you to spend as much as possible and they’ve hidden little costs around the park to keep your wallet hemorrhaging Sing dollars.
On May 14, I clipped my bags to my rack, swung my leg over my seat, and slid my feet into my pedal cages. I was about to start the journey of a lifetime: a bike ride from the east coast of Virginia to the west coast of Oregon.
While I enjoy the freedom and excitement of traveling independently and without a guide book, sometimes you need context to appreciate ancient buildings and sites. And even with context, you still need to use your imagination to make that critical connection to history.
Have you ever wondered how you’re going to store food when the grid fails during the apocalypse? But even more pressingly, do you know how to eat well during the inevitable post-storm power outages in your neighborhood? With a little knowledge and planning, you can actually cook delicious meals without a refrigerator. After living on boats for almost four years with no or limited electricity, I have learned it is possible to eat like a gourmet without ice.
I’ve heard Thailand described as “International Travel 101″ because it’s a country where one can easily travel by bus or train, many people speak English, it’s inexpensive, and it’s relatively safe for a single female adventurer. More importantly, it’s so far removed from anything that one could experience in the Midwest. I was a novice traveler who wanted a taste of the exotic, but with a safety-net. This was Thailand.
There’s no class or guidebook that can prepare you for your first adventure in a strange land, and each day was another dose of culture shock. I’d been lured out of my safe Kansas suburb by the “learn Chinese in China” promise, and my safe if quirky hobby had suddenly become a full-blown pilgrimage.
For as long as I can remember, my direction in life has always been a linear path towards a logical destination. Ever since I was a little kid my goal in life has been to be a doctor.
Six minutes. That’s how long we had to change trains at an unfamiliar station, in a country where we didn’t speak the language. If we missed the connection, we were screwed. There was no other way to reach our destination. Not only that, but our train was running late.
What if we had audioguides for everyday life? Sara speculates.
The three basic principles are: 1) eliminate any “what if” stuff (you can always buy extra toothpaste etc.), 2) wash your clothes often, if not every day, and 3) be prepared to spend on light, durable, high quality gear. Minimalism, ironically, is not a budget philosophy. Here’s what I packed on two recent trips.