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Spain’s Running of the Bulls

Written by on March 9, 2014 in Europe, General with 0 Comments
Spain’s Running of the Bulls

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

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

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

Written by on January 27, 2014 in Asia, General
2 Days in Tokyo

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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My Top 20 Travel Experiences of 2013

Written by on December 30, 2013 in General with 4 Comments
My Top 20 Travel Experiences of 2013

Since returning from my round the world (“RTW”) adventure, most people’s first question is something along the lines of “where was your favorite place”?  There is no way to narrow such a trip down to just one favorite place or experience as it’s impossible to compare one to another.  I tried to narrow down the […]

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South Korea

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

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

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

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?

Written by on September 13, 2013 in General with 0 Comments
Best Job Around the World?

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

Written by on August 17, 2013 in Asia, General with 6 Comments
Indonesia p6, Komodo

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

Written by on July 26, 2013 in Asia, General with 6 Comments
Indonesia p5, Lombok

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

Written by on July 14, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment
Indonesia p4, Bali

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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