Anybody on the same network (which in some cases could be thousands of people) can easily grab your unencrypted data as it flies through the air. Usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, browser cookies, and other identifying information can be ripe for the picking from your web browser and mobile apps (I talked in detail about this problem here). A VPN (Virtual Private Network) protects you from all of this, with one click.
VPNs also allow you to get around Internet filtering. I’ve come across blocked sites in Vietnam, Spain, Portugal, China, Thailand, and many others. Simply connect your VPN to a country that doesn’t block the site you’re after, and the problem disappears. I’ve used this method to read blocked news stories from Chiang Mai, watch Vimeo videos in Bali, update my Facebook status in Hanoi, and visit the Uber ride-sharing site while staying in Porto. Additionally, it lets you access blocked content like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and the BBC while overseas.
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This is a huge victory for me, believe me. I don’t usually keep a good fitness routine while traveling — I try, but it’s never as good as when I’m home. This trip has been a big change for me, and today I’d like to share what has worked.
Here are 6 things I’ve been doing that have worked for me:
I keep the workout short and minimal. Every day, I alternate about 10 minutes of writing with my exercise for the day — either pushups or bodyweight squats. Just one bodyweight exercise, probably 4-6 sets (not including warmup sets) of as many as I can do. That’s it. But even with that minimal exercise, I’ve increased strength in those exercises and I feel that it’s been working fairly well. And because the workout is so simple, it’s hard to say no to it. But that’s not all I do for the day! More below.
But my mentors who were in their 60s and had set the same goals at one point were then asking me to be their protege, but they had never pursued these dreams. They had made a million and then they needed $10 million and then they needed $100 million and then they needed a billion. I had no reason to believe I was any smarter than them. I would probably do the same thing and just never live. I was 24 at the time, looking at the rest of my 20s, thinking,
In March 2014 I was spending the month in Antigua, Guatemala, where they will kill you for your shoes. Or maybe not.
One day I returned to my hotel to find a motorcycle parked in the lobby sporting an Australian license plate. A quick inquiry to my landlady, who was by this time also my friend, and I was pounding on the poor fellow’s door. Regular readers know I have a motorbike and so I wasn’t about to let this opportunity pass.
That evening I dragged him out to dinner at Sobremesa owned and operated by my then new pal Alex. In addition to being a restauranteur, Alex is an artist and I’ve featured his work in my posts here, here and here. He is also a novelist with several books to his credit, but that’s another story.
Turns out Dave was just about a year and a half into a 3-year round the world motorcycle ride. Over a fabulous meal he shared a few of his stories and, when things slowed down, Alex joined us and over drinks we closed up the joint.
I get asked a lot about travel technology every day, especially since I started writing on this website. So this month, rather than devoting an article to a single topic, I decided to answer many of your travel tech questions. We cover a wide range of topics – gear, security, apps, staying connected and many more. Without further ado, here are your questions and best answers!
Below is a snapshot of my expenses while working on the road in 2011. From volunteering in New Zealand, traveling through North America, Europe, and Asia, and housesitting in the Caribbean, there was a lot of variety. All in all I traversed 13 countries and a total of 73,000 kilometers (over 45,000 miles).
If only travel were free, right? Unfortunately, we all know that it takes more than gumption. International travel requires money. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make travel affordable in your 20s, and that is especially true if you are willing to think outside of the box. Even though my husband and I are now in our 30s (and on the downward slide toward 40), we are still intent on saving as much as we can, for obvious reasons. Here are the strategies we employ as we try to see the world at prices we can afford:
Check out this article from Get Rich Slowly via Should you travel in your 20s?.