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The Havana Half-Marathon: Adventures on a Small Island

Last weekend, I finally made it to Cuba! It was a significant trip for me, since Cuba was my final country in all of the Americas. I now have only 19 total countries remaining, and this was an especially fun one. During my time on the island, I ran a half-marathon with a friend, spent…

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Homeland

Greetings from my corner of the world in Portland, Oregon. It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a time when the internet shuts down and we all eat pie. Everyone else, feel free to enjoy the internet to yourself and eat pie along with us. Earlier this week I was in Cuba, my 174th country and…

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Weekend Adventure

This weekend I went on an adventure that involved running 13.1 miles in an unusual, remarkable location. I’ll share more on the experience next week, but for now, here’s a preview.

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Second Chances

The first time I was busted as a juvenile delinquent, I wasn’t actually arrested—apparently I was too young. I was eleven years old in a small town in rural Montana, and the way it was explained to me at the time, the laws in my state did not allow for juveniles to be charged with…

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The Latest in Travel Hacking: November 2011 Edition

Last Thursday afternoon, I approached the registration desk at a Radisson hotel near the airport in Portland, Oregon. “Checking in, sir?” the clerk asked. “Yes,” I said. “And checking out.” I was there to take advantage of a new miles-and-points adventure: in this case, staying for one night (or at least checking in) in order…

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173 Down, 20 To Go: The Plan for the Final 20 Countries

I started AONC in 2008 when I had been to only 65 countries. Thanks to consistent effort, dedicated travel hacking, and significant amounts of coffee, I’ve now been to 173. In fact, we’re now down to the final twenty countries. Only twenty! Of course, twenty countries is no small endeavor, especially when there are no…

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How To Put Off Making Decisions About Your Life

Everyone hates making decisions, especially ones that are important and determine the course of their future. Thankfully, there’s often no need to make such decisions. Instead, you can simply put them off, often indefinitely. By shifting your life to autopilot, you’ll be in good company, since many people prefer to let things come their way…

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Strange Places

I went to Ethiopia and was driven around on an afternoon city tour. “The streets are so bad here,” my guide said. “And the traffic in Addis is terrible!” I looked out the window. Sure, it wasn’t Scandinavia, but I’d seen far worse. “You should visit Liberia,” I said. “This looks pretty good to me.”…

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