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The Ultimate ‘Pick-Your-Own Adventure’ Vacation: 4 Ways to Do an Eastern Caribbean Cruise

A pirate ship at St. Maarten

I didn’t know what to expect from my first cruise experience. I knew this Eastern Caribbean cruise would draw different types of people from all over the country, but I didn’t know how I’d fare on board a boat where, seemingly, you’re stuck on a floating island with no way out. As it turns out, […]

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Everything I Did Wrong on My First Cruise (and Even a Couple Things I Did Right)

El Capitan!

Getting practical cruise advice is tough—it’s hard to know what to expect from a cruise unless you’ve already been on one. These first time cruise tips are everything you need to know about what to do and, most importantly, what not to do on your first cruise. Trust me—I’m an expert in making mistakes. About […]

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Work and Travel in Australia: How to Get a Working/Holiday Visa

Work and Travel Australia

The easiest place to work and travel is in Australia. It’s easy to apply for and it’s one of the most flexible programs that’s available to people under the age of 30! Seven years ago I applied to work and travel in Australia. Today, their working/holiday visa program is stronger than ever. If you’re between the […]

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How to See the World, Save Money as You Go, and Never Stop Traveling

Work and Travel: See the World, Save Money, and Never Stop Traveling

In 2010, with very little forethought or planning, I quit my “real” job and decided to go travel the world. It’s a story that’s been told thousands of times before—by now, it’s almost a cliche. Go ahead, tell it to me straight: I’m a walking cliche. All I wanted was to see more of the […]

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Why This Adventure-Seeker Is Going on a Cruise

Palm Trees in Puerto Rico

These are the last words I ever thought I’d be writing on this blog: I’m going on a cruise. For years I’ve been backpacking the world, traveling carry-on only, living with nothing except what’s on my back, and mostly letting the universe guide me through bizarre and oftentimes unforgiving situations. I love that kind of […]

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How to Legally Reduce Your Taxes to ZERO as an American Expat

How to Legally Reduce Your Taxes to ZERO as an American Expat

For those Americans who spend a large majority of the time out of the country—traveling, working or both—taxes can become a real issue. If you’re spending a good portion of the year outside of the Continental U.S., there are a few tricks you can use to reduce your tax liability down to NOTHING. Olivier Wagner tells us […]

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Don’t Get Hacked Abroad: 6 Horrific Stories of Internet Fraud & Identity Theft

Someone JUST Ripped Off My Credit Card for $490.52 and It's Entirely My Own Fault

Four days ago I received $490.52 in fraudulent charges on my credit card. And it’s entirely my own fault! This is a story of what I SHOULD have done, plus five other terrifying examples of internet fraud and identity theft around the world. Icy fear clutched at my heart. The text message was…a little distressing. The […]

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