Amateur Traveler Interview – The Liberation Route

I recently did my 14th interview on The Amateur Traveler Podcast with Chris Christensen. I did my first interview on the show way back in 2008 from an Internet cafe in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

This time I talk about my recent trip this summer along The Liberation Route.

The Liberation route is a collection of sites in Europe which commemorates the Allied invasion and liberation of Europe in 1944-45. It is a collection of museums, cemeteries, and battlefields scattered across England, France, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.

My trip took me from Portsmouth, England, one of the loading points for the D-Day invasion, to Normandy and then all the way to Berlin. I will have much more to say about on the website over the next few months.

16 Adventure Activities in Peru for Thrill-Seekers

16 Adventure Activities in Peru for Thrill-Seekers

Peru is a striking South American country with an incredible variation in landscape. From cities to desert, beaches to rainforest, mountains to lakes, Peru is a hotbed for travelers who have a need for speed! This guide details the adventure activities in Peru in the sky, on the sea, and on the ground.

Adventure Activities in Peru

There are a variety of adventure activities in Peru. These experiences range from soft adventure for those who like a bike ride or tame water sports to extreme adventure in the form of multi-day hikes and sandboarding in an oasis. Although two weeks in Peru is the most popular timeframe for traveling around the country, you could easily spend longer. Keep reading to find out why.
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Travel To Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Overview

The Glacier Bay National Park is a US National Park near Juneau, Alaska. With about 547,000 visitors per year (as of 2017), it is the second most visited national park in Alaska, slightly behind Denali.

The vast majority of visitors to the park visit by cruise ships which sail up the Inside Passage of the Alaskan Panhandle to or from Anchorage. A much smaller number of visitors visit the park on foot or via smaller ships.

The park named for the many glaciers in the park. There are 1,045 glaciers which can be found in the park, seven of which terminate into Glacier Bay and can be seen by visitors.

It is also part of the Kluane / Wrangell-St Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek UNESCO World Heritage Site which covers 4 parks in the US and Canada.

NOTE: Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska is different from Glacier National Park in Montana, and Glacier National Park in British Columbia.

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After 11 Years of Traveling Around the World, What’s Left? (Answer: A Lot)

I recently celebrated my 11 year anniversary of turning over the keys to my house to travel around the world. Since I started traveling full-time I’ve done and seen more than most people ever will in their lives. I’ve been to over 120 countries, 340 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and all 7 continents.

After so much travel, I get asked by many people “what’s left?”

The simple answer is that there is a whole lot left. The world is huge and in some respects, I feel like I have barely scratched the surface. The more your travel, the more places you learn about which you want to visit. The potential universe of places I want to visit is much larger now than it was back in 2007 just because I’ve become more aware.

I’ve compiled a list of places I want to visit and trips I want to take. These are all places I’ve never been to or things I’ve never done before.

I don’t consider this a “bucket list”. I’ve already gone through the equivalent of several bucket lists already. This is more of a “to do” list.

This list is going to be updated over time. I’ll be indicating when I visit places and will be adding more places when I learn about them.
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Highlights of Cuba

Highlights of Cuba

Cuba is unlike any place you have ever visited. Its recent history, socio-political development, and proximity to the U.S. make it unique in the world. Cuba is also beautiful with stunning beaches, lush, tropical foliage and dramatic architecture. But Cuba’s most winning feature, what really sets it apart, is its culture reflected in the people, art and music. There is nothing quite like this magical island anywhere else in the world.

If you are thinking of going to Cuba and want to hit the key highlights, read on.

Cuba Route
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7 Reasons Why Working Abroad Is the Best Way to Travel (and How to Do It)

7 Reasons Why Working Abroad Is the Best Way to Travel (and How to Do It)

You see it every day on Instagram, a news article, or Facebook…

Someone traveling the world—posing at impossibly perfect beaches on an island you never heard of, so beautiful, you’ve only seen them in movies, or meandering ancient temples in Indonesia and Cambodia…

And time and time again you think, “damn, they are so lucky.”

But let’s get one thing straight. They are far from lucky. Luck means something happened by chance. The fact that they had the means to go to these places is not luck (unless they literally won a contest or something). They worked for it. They gave up things to save the money. They made the effort to prioritize travel. This isn’t luck. This is priorities.

The thing is, there are plenty of ways to save to travel more. It takes a lot of work, don’t get me wrong, but it’s possible. And nearly anyone can travel nowadays.

But what’s better is that you can travel, live and work in the countries you’ve only seen in a small box that you’ve double-tapped on your phone. It seems far-fetched, but it’s the best way to travel. Well, at least in my opinion! Maybe yours too?

If you’re curious why living and working abroad is the best way to travel and how to actually do it, you’re in the right place…
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