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Vagabond Journey

Planning

  • Demystifying Colombian Exit Taxes and Fees on International Flights

    Quito, Ecuador- As much as I don’t want this trip to end my bank account has begun to tell me that my desires and reality are not in agreement with another so it was time to buy my ticket back to the US. A one-way ticket through Delta Airlines from Bogota, Colombia to New York [...]

  • The Argentina Conundrum

    Bocas del Toro, PanamaI don’t like winter. I don’t like snow. Or ice. Or anything involving multiple layers of clothing. When I realized that my current travel plans of continuing in a southern direction until Argentina had me traveling through the southern part of South America during winter my plans had to change. Instead I [...]

  • The Gear I’ll Be Hauling

    I’ve spent countless numbers of hours thinking about which items I should take with me.  I’ll admit that I probably spent too many hours thinking about this as I’ll probably get rid of or change the items in my pack within the first month of using them. Some I’ll find useless. Others inadequate. With a [...]

  • Invincible!

    Well, I’m not really invincible, although, I should be with the number of needles stuck into me and pills I’ve taken in the past six months. Before I leave in August I thought I should have a pre-departure doctor’s visit. Everything checks out and I’m good to. I figured it would be but I might [...]

  • One Way Ticket Outta Here

    Reality sets in. I’m actually going to do this. I will be leaving on this trip. I purchased a one-way ticket to Mexico city. Return date: Not a clue. While I’ve been preparing for this trip for many months now the reality of it is now just beginning to hit me. In the past this [...]

  • Bureaucratic Red Tape & My Car

    One thing I’m not getting rid of before I leave is my car. My dad convinced me otherwise and I think it’s the right decision. He agreed to take care of my car when I’m gone so it makes it a no-brainer to keep it. This seemed fine but I have run into a few [...]

  • Hidden Pockets

    In the countless hours I’ve spent preparing for my upcoming travels the one main lesson I’ve learned is to keep whatever you bring with you on your travels make sure it is secure at all times. Pickpockets in developing countries are really, really good at what they do and a 6’1” gringo is going to [...]

  • Waiting…

    It’s only January! With each passing day, week, and month my desire to leave Cleveland and start traveling grows stronger. I need to wait until July to have my desired travel funds and to also give myself time to prepare but I want to go now. It doesn’t help that its 15 degrees outside and [...]

  • Cheap Travel…How easy is it?

    With an extended trip one of the first things I’ve been thinking about is money. More specifically, how much will it cost me to live per day? Reading books, blogs, and articles some people are living off of $10.00/day. As a future greenhorn traveler that seems unrealistic. $25.00 – $30.00 seems more possible to get [...]