For over two years, I’ve chosen to highlight the positive, fun side of living in Colombia on my other blog, Medellin Living. However after being robbed a few weeks ago, in broad daylight on a busy street, I’m taking my personal security more serious than ever before.
Being robbed at gunpoint will do that to any man or woman, and to not share what I’ve learned from the experience would be a waste of the anxiety and fright that resulted.
There are countless strategies the bad guys use in Latin America to separate targets from their wealth. These are a collection of tips from Colombian taxi drivers I’ve been given since sharing my story with them.
While I still don’t think it’s practical to adhere to every tip 100% of the time, I will no longer be so lackadaisical when taking taxis in foreign countries.
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In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …
If you’re looking for a way to challenge yourself in 2013, I’ve got a proposition to share.
Theaters try to sell every ticket, for every show, and are therefore willing to release excess inventory at a discount.
As a backpacker there is a good chance you will be detained. It doesn’t matter whether you’re American, European, or Arab, everyone is a suspect at the border.
Backpacking in Europe is expensive. Aside from the flight, your next biggest expenditure is often accommodation. Hotels will ruin your budget unless you’re traveling with friends.
I was mesmerized by the icebergs in Antarctica- each unique like a snowflake.
Sure – they smell…badly – but I found the odor pretty easy to overlook in light of their general adorableness.
First rule of ‘Kayak Club’ in Antarctica is that you are not late to kayak club meetings. The second rule of kayak club is that you ARE NOT late to kayak club meetings.
I had made up my mind, I wasn’t going to do it. Nope. Not doing it.