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June 26, 2017

Nepal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Nepal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — A Realistic Look at Traveling in Nepal   This post continues in the series I started with […]
December 25, 2015
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Travel Highlights of 2015

2015 has been an amazing year. From our drive across the Australian Outback to trekking to Machu Picchu to eating sushi in Tokyo to seeing the […]
December 17, 2014
Qixingtan Beach and the Qingshui Cliffs

Photos from the Road: Qixingtan Beach and the Qingshui Cliffs

  The Qingshui Cliffs are some of the most spectacular coastal scenery anywhere. Add to that the excitement of riding a scooter along the narrow, winding […]
September 24, 2014
What is a Digital Nomad

What is a Digital Nomad or a Location Independent Person?

  What is a Digital Nomad or a Location Independent Person? I’ve been throwing this term around for the last couple years. I even have a […]
April 23, 2013

The Philippines: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good The Places The Philippines has some incredible destinations. I’ll start with the phenomenal rice terraces of Banaue and Batad, high in the Cordillara Mountains […]
September 14, 2012

Get to Wroclaw Poland now

We were recommended to stop in Wroclaw Poland by several people. These recommendations were based on the notion that we’d enjoy a pleasant city with nice […]
August 1, 2012

2012 US Road Trip in Numbers

2012 US Road Trip in Numbers   39 Days on the Road 6,141 Miles  (9,883 kilometers) 13 States Our Route   We left from Virginia, taking […]
May 4, 2012

First Day in a New Country: Here’s What I do

  I just arrived in Vietnam last night on a bus from southern China. So what do I do during my first day in a country? […]
November 27, 2011

Walking—the Best Way to Experience Place

Trains are too romantic. Buses don’t stop enough. Motorcycles too fast. And forget about planes.   But not walking.   “Walking reminds us of who we […]
October 5, 2011

Road Trip in Numbers

After 56 days on the road, I’m back home again. I set off with fellow travel blogger Juno Kim of at the end of July. […]
August 6, 2011

Three months in Southeast Asia in Review

Overall my Southeast Asia trip was a great success. I witnessed incredible experiences, met extraordinarily friendly people, and saw how people live life in places that […]
July 22, 2011

Why I don’t like Laos

The Lack of Culture What I mean by lack of culture is the outside, in-your-face culture. If you’re a traveler it’s hard to find. Lao food, […]
July 13, 2011

Your Guide to Slow Boats in Laos

By Stephen Bugno Before visiting Laos I had images of gliding down rivers at an impossibly  slow speed all the while enjoying both the view and […]
July 8, 2011

What does the view from my $4/day room look like?

This was the view out the front door of my guesthouse room along the Mekong River in southern Laos. The area is known as Si Phan […]
April 6, 2011

What I packed: 3 Months in Southeast Asia

By Stephen Bugno Packing light is a refined art—I’ve been trying to perfect it for years. I’m almost there. The good news is the longer my […]
March 17, 2011

It’s not about the free couch

If you’re a member of, you may already know how awesome it is. For those of you who are not, I just want to stress […]
December 31, 2010

2010 in Review: How I traveled for half the year

Work and travel as a lifestyle A former coworker of mine and up-and-coming musician recently asked me how I do it. How did I work the […]
December 18, 2010
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Salento, Colombia: The Quintessential Backpacker Village

Salento is not the type of place where you’re going to be the only Gringo in town. Don’t try and fool yourself, it is a touristy […]
November 7, 2010

Seeing Dinosaurs in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

By Stephen Bugno Tayrona National Park, Colombia. The guidebooks hype this place as what we should expect from a tropical paradise: “Thick jungle teeming with wildlife […]
August 12, 2010

Remember that Time We Camped in Death Valley in the Middle of the Summer

By Stephen Bugno I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea to visit Death Valley in the middle of the summer. It’s […]
August 6, 2010

Across Slickrock and through Narrow Canyons

By Stephen Bugno We camped the night before on BLM land up on the Devil’s Backbone Road, the original road from Boulder to Escalante, close to […]
August 3, 2010

The Best National Park You’ve Never Heard of

The Best National Park You’ve Never Heard of   Leaving Winter Park on our way south we would cross the Continental Divide three times before day’s […]
July 23, 2010

Boulder, CO: City of Beer

By Stephen Bugno After a big final night out in Boulder, we rolled out of town in the am twenty miles south to Golden where we […]
April 15, 2010

Why does the U.K. Hate me?

Discrimination in Great Britain By Stephen Bugno Arrival at Heathrow Airport “You were borderline: fifty-fifty. I could have had you on the next plane back to […]