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  • Years of experience traveling gives me, I think, a fair amount of knowledge about travel: how to keep yourself safe, how to travel solo, how to choose where to travel, what not to do, and so on. These articles are meant to help less-experienced travelers avoid all of the many mistakes I’ve made. I hope they help!

four pills I was prescribed in Korea.

Ill Overseas? 10 Top Tips

On my recent solo trip in Asia, I developed a hernia in my neck that caused a lot of pain in my left arm. Without going into all of the details, I ended up on an odyssey of sorts through the Korean medical system as well as my own Dutch medical system and, as a…

Choosing Accommodations: Consider Out of Town

How do you choose your accommodations when you travel? You probably take several things into consideration: cost, quality of the hotel, and location probably top the list. If you’re like me, you try to balance the three. I want the best quality possible within the amount I can spend. Often, though, I find that a…

items that should not have been included in the packing

An over-packing update

Before my recent solo trip, I posted about my plans to travel with just one small 35-liter suitcase. It was a convertible one: it had wheels, but could also be used as a backpack. I chose what I brought along very carefully, and it all fit into that 35-liter bag, except for a small daypack holding…

full backpack interior

Packing for a solo trip

My packing is done—except for a few toiletries—and I’m ready to go! I leave on Tuesday for a month-long solo trip to Guadeloupe, Martinique, then to visit family in Connecticut, then to a TBEX conference in Spain. In June I’ll leave on another solo trip, this time for two months. Packing is a challenge for…

The pros and cons of solo travel

“What? You’re going all by yourself?” This is the usual response I get when I tell people about the solo trip I’m planning this April. In a tone of voice that says they think I’m crazy. Every solo trip up until this point has not really been solo. For example, many years ago I took…

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