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6 Reasons to Bring a Pair of Jeans on your RTW Trip

January 21, 2013

When I was planning what to pack for my RTW trip, one thing that I was definitely sure I wouldn’t bring was a pair of jeans. I brought 2 travel pants with me instead due to the following reasons:

1. Jeans take up a lot of room.

2. Are heavy.

3. Hard to wash.

4. Take a long time to dry.

I focused too much on the disadvantages that I didn’t realize until ...

Traveling low tech with a pen and a Moleskine notebook

December 31, 2012

I’ve been relying heavily on my pen and Moleskine notebook for the last few weeks. I brought them with me mainly for recording names, phone numbers, or addresses of hostels, restaurants, and attractions I plan to visit when arriving in a new city in a poor country, where using a smartphone might make you a target of robbery.

For everything else, my Dell Streak Android phone with the Evernote app had been my primary ...

My RTW Trip Packing List

July 30, 2012

I meant to publish this post right before I started my RTW trip, but gotten lazy and been putting it off. On the other hand, since I've been on the road for a while now (over 6 months), I can give you additional information about how they performed and how much I've used them :).


They say your backpack is your home when traveling, so I gave it a lot of thoughts when ...

Travel lighter with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps All-One

December 30, 2011

Ever since I decided to travel the world, I’ve been looking for ways to do it with as little stuff as possible. After a few test runs traveling with just a carry-on, I’m now a big believer that the less stuff you take with you the more fun you’ll have on the road.

I was searching for a soap that I could use both as a shampoo and body wash, but what ...

Choosing a Kindle for travel

November 14, 2011

I finally bought a Kindle!

I’ve been thinking about getting one for a while now. My sister has one and I’ve been borrowing hers when I go hiking as my Dell Streak‘s screen is just not readable in bright sunlight due to glare. I always question myself before I buy anything nowadays to make sure it’s something I will really be using.

I’ll be traveling long term out of the ...

Vibram FiveFingers Update

July 4, 2010

Finally had some time to really test out my new VFFs! Here are my experiences so far:

  • Hiking

I went hiking twice yesterday at different parks, in the morning and late in the afternoon. I have to say that it’s definitely a different experience hiking with the VFFs than with hiking boots. It’s a lot more fun with the VFFs and the hike actually felt easier with these than with hiking boots. It ...

Vibram FiveFingers

June 27, 2010

Just got a pair of these today!

These Vibram Five Fingers “shoes” give you that feeling of walking barefoot while protecting your feet from cuts, scrapes, and burns (when walking on very hot surfaces).

I first found out about these shoes when I went hiking a few weeks ago. There was someone in our group wearing these and he was telling us how comfortable they are and how walking barefoot is good for your feet ...