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Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 2

Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 2

Three nights of sleeping in a hammock strung up alongside about 100 strangers. Six consecutive carb-heavy meals of rice, noodles, and beans. Ninja mosquitos with a freakish immunity to Deet. Showers in smelly brown river water. This isn’t exactly a Carnival Cruise, people. Perhaps this post should be titled something along the…
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Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 1

Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 1

Part of the reason I chose to do an extended trip through South America was because I couldn't choose where to visit first on a short vacation: Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, Patagonia, or the Amazon. So naturally, I decided to do them all, plus a bunch of other awesome…
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Galápagos Islands Travel Guide & Money Saving Tips

Galápagos Islands Travel Guide & Money Saving Tips

The Galápagos. A cluster of volcanic islands, teeming with rare, exotic wildlife, rising out of the Pacific Ocean some six-hundred miles off of mainland Ecuador. Sounds like an expensive trip, doesn't it? Sure, it can be. But it doesn't have to be. Don't get me wrong, the Galápagos aren't exactly a backpacker…
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Biking Through NYC On The Five Boro Bike Tour

Biking Through NYC On The Five Boro Bike Tour

This afternoon I completed the Five Boro Bike Tour in NYC. This evening my Jell-o-like limbs are confined to the couch. The Five Boro Bike Tour is an annual cycling tour of NYC, and it's the largest recreational cycling event in the US. This year there were 32,000 riders, as they closed off a bike-only route…
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Scuba Diving Round 2: Swimming with Hammerheads

Scuba Diving Round 2: Swimming with Hammerheads

I was really looking forward to doing a redemption dive in the Galapagos Islands—just one kickass dive to erase all the bad memories from Florida. But after reading online that the dive sites are best for advanced divers and known for their strong currents, not their water clarity, I wasn't sure how great…
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EVACUATING PUERTO AYORA FOR A TSUNAMI ALERT

EVACUATING PUERTO AYORA FOR A TSUNAMI ALERT

Mother Nature played a very cruel April Fool's joke on us down here in Puerto Ayora yesterday. The day started off great. I woke up early, went on a relaxing yacht ride to Bartolome (my new favorite place in the world by the way), took some fantastic photos, and met…
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I GOT SCUBA CERTIFIED AND PUKED ON MY INSTRUCTOR

I GOT SCUBA CERTIFIED AND PUKED ON MY INSTRUCTOR

By some fucking miracle, I finished my PADI open water certification down in Marathon, Florida. And no, the open water dives weren't any easier than the confined dives at the YMCA. The morning started off just fine. The sun was shining, the previous day's wind had turned into a light…
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THAT TIME I THOUGHT SCUBA DIVING WOULD BE EASY

THAT TIME I THOUGHT SCUBA DIVING WOULD BE EASY

It hardly feels like the middle of December to me. Probably because I haven't bought a single gift, I haven't been to any holiday parties, and I'm not packing up for the usual snowy week in Ohio, eating my mom's Christmas cookies for every meal. Instead I'm gearing up for a…
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