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100K Miles from British Airways

2011 April 12

The MOTHER of all credit card bonuses is back with the British Airways 100k promotion.

Terms are:

  • 50k points for signing up
  • 50k points for spending $2,500 in the first 3 months
  • $95 annual fee
  • Must sign up by May 6, 2011

It’s not a bad card by itself either as there is no foreign transaction fee and you can use the points on American Airlines.

Link to signup

Link to discussion

Link to award chart

Happy travels!

 

The Thrill of the Open Road

2011 April 5
Vang Vieng, Laos

Sunset in Vang Vieng, Laos.

If you ever get a chance to rent a scooter, do it. It’s a rush.

February 2009

I looked down at my watch: 7pm. The sun was already starting to drift behind the karst limestone peaks of Vang Vieng, Laos. Soon it would be dark and too dangerous to ride. I knew this was going to be the last ride of the day. The rest of my crew had gone ahead and it was now just me, my motobike, and the open road.

“Well… I still have time left on the rental and more than enough fuel. Let’s see how fast this baby goes…”

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Passing Through the Salar de Uyuni

2011 March 28
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

There are few places in this world that completely blow your mind. Places where you question whether or not you are still on Earth. Places where reality seems impossible. The Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is one of them. read more…

I Love Me Some Chickenbuses

2011 March 16
Guatemalan chicken bus

Chicken bus on the way to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

I’ve found that taking public transportation while traveling abroad is one of the more interesting experiences you’ll find. Not only is it a ton cheaper, but getting out of the comfortable, air-conditioned, bubble of the tourist coach bus gives you a totally different perspective of the country.

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The Night of All Nights

2011 March 7
Khao Lak, Thailand

Khao Lak sucked but at least I got this picture.

Continued from Border Runs and the Breaking Point.

I pulled into Khao Lak at 2am. The town was dead. There was one main road running through the town and there wasn’t a single soul out on the streets. As I learned over the next few days, Khao Lak was the furthest thing from a backpacker’s hangout. For some odd reason, it had transformed into a five-star resort vacation spot for Germans. I spent three days surrounded by German families and old people. If it weren’t for the world-class diving, I would’ve bounced in a heartbeat. But I digress.

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Border Runs and the Breaking Point

2011 February 28
Koh Phangan, Thailand

Beautiful Koh Phangan, Thailand.

Backpacking is fun. There’s no doubt about it. But it’s also challenging. You’re always catching buses, trains, boats, packing, unpacking, dealing with unfamiliar places and people. It wears you down mentally and physically. Most of the time you just deal with it and move on.

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Fellow Travel Bloggers, Do You Write in Real-Time or Post-Trip?

2011 February 14
Jungle River Lodge, Honduras

Writing at Jungle River Lodge, Honduras.

Here’s a question I’ve been wondering about for a while:

Do you write on the road or wait till you get home?

To get a better sense of this question, I think it’s important that we first categorize the different types of travel blogs out there.

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