Having the wrong debit card on you when traveling the globe can rack up stress and expenses. The last thing you need is your bank locking you out of using your card and charging you hundreds of dollars over your trip.
Part of the appeal of traveling is spontaneity, even if it’s not all good. But having the right insurance policy helps protect against emergencies that may or may not come up while you’re out there.
Between the time that I wrote about birth control methods and their relative friendliness to long-term female travelers, I had gone through the painful process of identifying a medical provider in the States that would insert a Mirena IUD. And that was just the first hurdle. (By the way, if you don’t want to read about health issues related to private parts or see a photo of a removed IUD, skip this post.)
I’ve been heads down traveling around and not making the time to write while doing so. But I want to make sure that I’m delivering quality content and not just more digital garbage. For the last few months of my one year trip, please enjoy some short pieces on Instagram. Until July 13, 2017, I’ll be working on my 100 Day Project of translated sketches. We’ll see what I do with my account after that. As for blog posts, I want to sit down and dedicate my full attention to them after I end my trip so that you can get my comprehensive travel insights at their best.
You can also start reading my blog from the beginning with my 7kg limited packing list.
Sushi no Midori is a restaurant chain in Tokyo with quality seafood at an economical price. To maximize your return on investment, you can take advantage of the original location’s Monday-only all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. It costs ¥3,600 for men, ¥3,000 for women, and ¥1,500 for kids between first and sixth grade. None of the other locations offer this special, no matter what day of the week.
Sometimes Google Maps falls short when it comes to telling me how to use public transit to get from point A to point B. Other times I get frustrated because it doesn’t support biking directions in Taipei or offline maps in Morocco. Despite these annoyances, it still manages to surprise and delight me: I discovered a new (?) feature that displays cherry blossom season status and viewing locations.
Ah, New Zealand: beautiful island nation, a third of which is protected national park land; home of Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, the longest place name in the world coming in at 85 letters; and birthplace to organized, commercial bungee jumping. But what is the grocery shopping like?
My first trip to India was quite the food and cultural adventure, thanks to Intrepid. Check out my answers to real reader questions to learn more about it.
I hope everyone has had a nice start to 2017 despite the inauguration of Emperor Trump. I am celebrating Chinese New Year for the first time in Taiwan with my extended family. We’ve paid our respects to those ancestors who came and went before us by burning incense and paper money, as well as offering all kinds of food and alcohol. Dad, Alex, and I have played two full rounds of mahjong with dear 100-year-old Grandpa already. And we’ll be eating a crazy awesome dinner tonight for Chinese New Year’s Eve. While waiting for the food madness to begin, it’s a good time to reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m planning to go.
If you have an unlocked GSM phone, you can easily avoid buying and carrying around a bunch of SIM cards with you especially if you’re traveling to a bunch of different countries by subscribing to any T-Mobile Simple Choice plan. They include unlimited data and SMS, and phone calls are 20 cents per minute. (I use my Google Voice number to get around that.) Check out the full list of supported countries, but I’m going to be keeping a running tally of how well the service really performs in each city I visit.