Spain’s Running of the Bulls

Spain’s Running of the Bulls

Written by on March 9, 2014 in Europe, General with 0 Comments

San Fermin and the Running of the Bulls is one of the world’s longest standing traditions as it been celebrated annually since 1592. Ernest Hemingway is credited with bringing worldwide fame to the festival in his novel “The Sun Also Rises“.  Today, nearly one million visitors from all over the world gather in the small […]

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3 Days in Paris

3 Days in Paris

Written by on February 3, 2014 in General with 0 Comments

What a difference a day makes!  After nearly 7 months in Asia, I boarded the 14th leg of my business class One World award ticket in Tokyo. 12 hours later arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. I timed my 3 days in Paris to coincide with my friend Kelly and her daughters’ visit, […]

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2 Days in Tokyo

2 Days in Tokyo

Written by on January 27, 2014 in Asia, General

I’ve now made the mistake of skipping visiting Japan in favor of less expensive and further afield destinations on not one, but both of my RTW trips.  I had routed my round the world ticket through Tokyo with all intentions of spending a few weeks here, however ended up extending my time in Indonesia and […]

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South Korea

South Korea

Written by on December 27, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment

It’d been almost one year since I left San Francisco on a mostly solo journey around the world.  Last December in Vietnam, I’d reconnected with two of my friends from New York City who’d since moved back home to South Korea.  They invited me to visit them, along with several other travel friends I met […]

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Written by on November 21, 2013 in Asia, General with 0 Comments

I woke up in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, spent the day in Bali watching a surf contest at Uluatu, and flew into Bangkok that evening.  I hadn’t been to Bangkok since 2002, so happily added on a 2 day stopover to my round-the-world ticket so I could re-acquaint myself with the city.  Despite Khao San Road’s […]

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Best Job Around the World?

Best Job Around the World?

Written by on September 13, 2013 in General with 0 Comments

Today I threw my hat into the ring to become Jauntaroo’s Chief World Explorer, which would be an unbelievable way to re-enter the workforce! Please take a look at my video and click on the link below to “like” it, share it with your friends and help me secure my dream job! Chief World Explorer […]

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Indonesia p6, Komodo

Indonesia p6, Komodo

Written by on August 17, 2013 in Asia, General with 6 Comments

Diving in Komodo National Park had always been on the itinerary, so I was super-excited to finally land in Labuan Bajo, the main gateway to the Unesco Heritage site which encompassed Komodo and Rinca Islands, as well as several surrounding areas and their incredibly rich marine ecosystem. The narrow waters near Komodo are some of the most […]

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Indonesia p5, Lombok

Indonesia p5, Lombok

Written by on July 26, 2013 in Asia, General with 6 Comments

I caught the fast ferry from Nusa Lombangan to Gili Trawangan (nicknamed Gili T), one of 3 of the Gili Islands just off the Northwestern side of Lombok.  Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tengarra province of Indonesia, and home to ~3 million people, predominantly Muslim.  I don’t think there is one traveler that […]

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Indonesia p4, Bali

Indonesia p4, Bali

Written by on July 14, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment

I have been wanting to explore Bali since my last trip around the world…and since my first four days the month before were more of a nightlife tour where I hardly saw the light of day, I was now ready to try to find the cultural side of this very popular holiday destination.  It is […]

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Indonesia p3, Java

Indonesia p3, Java

Written by on June 25, 2013 in Asia, General with 2 Comments

I’d been in Indonesia for almost a month, but most of my time had been spent underwater and at dive resorts, so I thought it was about time I checked out the more cultural side of this country. Yogyakarta sounded like the perfect place to start.  Yogyakarta, which some have nicknamed “Yogya”, pronounced “Jog-ja”, is […]

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