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My Definition of Well-Traveled

well trav·eled -
adjective – a person who has been to over 100 of the Travelers’ Century Club ”countries” and has, on several occasions, been the only one on the overnight bus (mini-van) who was fluent in English and not be able to hold a conversation in any of the local languages.

Hiring a Freelancer

Freelancer? Maybe.

Freelancer? Maybe. From Wikipedia

This is my post under hiring a freelancer. I’m writing it because I wanted to have someone help me with a project for my website. Now, theoretically, I should be able to handle my own projects. I mean, after all, I wrote code for decades and I’m certified by Oracle as a DBA and as a Programmer. But, I’ve been retired from the programming profession for over 10 years. While I’d say Continue reading

Top 10 Things To Do in Australia

Australia Word Cloud

Australia Word Cloud

I’m going to be in Australia for the first time in my life in about eight months and I want to know the Top 10 things to do in Australia. Again, I’m going to go and visit my old friend Tripadvisor, along with the rest of the Travel Consolidator team. Tripadvisor says that it likes  Sydney Harbour, the Australian War MemorialBondi to Coogee Beach Coastal WalkKings Park & Botanic Garden (Perth), the Sydney Opera HouseThe Great Ocean Road (Torquay), the Sydney Harbour BridgeContinue reading

Hostel Booking Sites Compared

Hostel Booking Sites Compared

Frugal

Frugal, Not Cheap. Notice it’s a Five, Not a One

I’m a budget traveler. My friends tell me I’m a hard-core budget traveler. Some of them even say I’m obsessive but I don’t really agree. I think I travel like I want to travel. Yes, it can be a little rough sometimes but I don’t mind. I’m old-school, I think you have to suffer for your art form and mine is travel.

I’ll be leaving for a three month trip to Asia in Continue reading

Leaving New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

I left New Zealand today. Not physically. Metaphorically. I did it when I purchased tickets from Queenstown, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia. I anguished over leaving more than I wanted. It wasn’t that I wanted to stay in New Zealand. I’m sure it’s a nice place, even if I’ve never been there. But I will be there in about eight months and my plans were to be there for about a week. Once I started doing my research on the country it became more and more evident that I wanted to do more than I could afford. Continue reading

Auckland Things To Do

Auckland CBD

Auckland CBD from Wikipedia – ChewyPineapple

My Asia 2017 trip begins in Auckland. I land there in February. One thing I find is that such “insignificant” matters such as where I stay and how I decide to get around tend to depend on what it is that I want to experience when I go somewhere. Since I don’t know a lot about New Zealand I’m going to go and visit my old friends Fodor, Frommer, Continue reading

Asia 2017 – Cities

Asia 2017 Cities

Asia 2017 Cities

I need to make a list of cities that I m-a-y be visiting during the Asia 2017 Trip. There will never be a list set in stone, but once I commit to tickets for a plane into the city, the probabilities go way-up that I will arrive there. It’s not an absolute, but as the price I pay in advance to get to a location goes up the probability I will arrives increases exponentially. So, what’s on my current list?

New Zealand: Auckland, Continue reading

GoEuro Website

GoEuro

GoEuro

My friend Ken came by and we were doing some research on getting from Valencia, Spain to Dresden, Germany. Neither of these two cities are international hot-spots. I figured he was going to be very lucky to get a direct flight. Very lucky. It turns out that there was none and a flight with one stop was going to set him back about $150. I suggested he grab a bus to Barcelona and take a $30 flight from there. After all, he could spend a day or two in Barcelona. As we were searching I ran across a new (for me) website called GoEuro. I liked it. It showed prices for several type of transportation from Valencia to Barcelona. The bus was the cheapest at $9. There was a flight for less than $150 but it took 12+ hours to get there. I wondered if it went through London. Anyway, I wanted to make a note of the website for future reference. After all, I’m thinking about Europe next year.

Asia 2017 – Days per Country

This is my first attempt  at actually allocating days. Eventually, I have to develop some sort of schedule, otherwise I can’t book airfare in advance. Without advanced airfare bookings there is no telling how much airfare from one point to another will cost, assuming I can even get it. I must develop some rough form so that I can fill in the airfare.

New Zealand: 6 days.
Australia: 14 days.
Bali:  7 days to do Sulawesi, Moluka and Papua (Irian Jaya).
Yogyakarta: 3 days.
Kuala Lumpur: 3 days.
Maldives: 3 days.
Sri Lanka: 3 days.
India: 5 days.
Bangladesh: 2 days.
Bangkok 3 days.
Myanmar: 6 days.
Bangkok: 2 days.
Taiwan: 4 days.
Okinawa: 3 days.
South Korea: 7 days:
Japan: 7 days.
Currently there are 78 days allocated.

Thinking Fast and Slow

Thinking Fast and Slow

Thinking Fast and Slow

It’s my current read. What’s it about? Let me give you an example. Suppose on Monday I went to the store. On Tuesday I went to work. The next day I thought … WTF? If you think WTF is an acronym for a very popular, but a little off-color, exclamation of surprise, then you may have been thinking a little too quickly (fast). Sometimes you think so fast that you hardly think at all. If you wondered what WTF meant then you were thinking a bit slower. If you came up with more than one meaning or an alternative for WTF, like Wednesday, Thursday, Friday for example, you were thinking a bit more slowly. Kahneman spends about 400 pages talking about stuff like that. He gets me thinking very slowly. Maybe a little too slowly, but the book is worth a read if learning, as opposed to pure enjoyment, is your bag.