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Consumption: The Real American Dream

2011 April 26
Make it rain

American consumer spending habits in a nutshell.

Let’s face it. We, as Americans, love stuff. Stuff like 60″ TVs, 2010 BMW’s and $3,000 Macbooks. It’s a modern day miracle that I can park a Hummer H2 in the garage of a 10,000 square feet McMansion, order a 30″ stuffed crust pizza with unlimited toppings, sit back on a La-Z-Boy and watch “The Rock” on a 7.1 Dolby surround system. As Team America so eloquently put it: AMERICUHHHHHHH! FUCK YEA!

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Why I Could Never Live in New York City

2011 April 19
Rockefeller Ice Rink, New York City

The Rockefeller ice rink.

Ahhhh New York City… what a place.

A city that has been a part of America, even before the United States existed. You walk out on to the streets and it’s impossible to miss the constant hustle, the cornucopia of sights, sounds, and smells and the ever present buzz in the air. It has some of the best food, arts and museums and is the financial hub of the West, if not the world. Not to mention the great public transportation, one of the most famous parks, and enough back streets and alleys to explore for a lifetime. From the Broadway shows, the lights of Times Square and the thundering herds on Wall Street, New York is truly a one-of-a-kind city, a city in a class by itself.

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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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