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Preview of World Domination Summit

When I heard the news that the rapture would take place two Saturdays ago, my first thought was… wait… how is that possible, since World Domination still has two weeks to go? We need more time before the planet implodes! *** Yesterday and today, the first attendees have been arriving in town for the inaugural…

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Race to the Airport

You thought you had plenty of time, but something went wrong. Having spent too much time thinking about what to pack, you spent even more time reevaluating at the last minute. You overslept, or you forgot about the time zone change. The bus came late, or the traffic jammed up. Whatever it was, as you…

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Free Trip to Anywhere

Next week we’re finally going to launch the preboarding phase of my first major business project in nearly a year, the Travel Hacking Cartel. On Monday I’ll tell you more about it, and on Tuesday we’ll offer a $1, 14-day trial to the first 1,000 people who manage to sign up. (After the preboarding phase,…

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The $24,213 Thank-You Letter

Dear Friends, I got up at 5am in Anchorage last Monday to publish this post, all about a business offer I was partnering with to donate my proceeds to our Ethiopia project. At the moment I pressed the publish button, I knew it was a good promotion and I trusted Karol and Adam—but I wasn’t…

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Visit to Tiger Kingdom

Thanks to some fun travel hacking that led to a better-than-free side trip to Thailand, I took a couple days off at the end of my Belarus-to-Algeria adventure. I’ve been to Thailand a dozen times, but never to Chiang Mai, the mountainous city in the north, far away from the hustle of Bangkok. The highlight…

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Why Focus on the Numbers?

I’ve heard the question in various forms over the past couple of years: Why not just travel around the world without trying to go everywhere—in other words, why focus on the numbers? My answer is that the numbers give you a goal—something to keep in mind as you go through a challenging process. The numbers…

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Transitions

Do you ever have the feeling that you’re leaving somewhere to which you’ll never return? You’ve been coasting along in the present, then all of a sudden—the future! Is here! There’s no going back, no matter how much you want to. You walk out of the apartment and shut the door for the last time.…

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EBK Day 4, Part II: Live from Amtrak’s “Bloggers’ Lounge”

A few notes on our very busy day here: 1. If you’re traveling on Amtrak at some point, I recommend the blueberry pancakes for breakfast. 2. Thanks for all the birthday congratulations. You guys are great. 2. A reader told me about the Bottomless Cup coffee shop in Havre, Montana. We have 25 minutes in…

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The Writer’s Guide to Money and Passion

I wrote a feature article for Writer’s Digest this month, and it looks like it just hit the newsstands. I also received permission to include the full PDF here if you’re interested: Changing the Rules for Unconventional Success You can also read a brief online supplement on their site here. *** I’ve thought about producing…

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World Domination Postcard Project!

About 10% of our overall site traffic continues to arrive from links to a document I published in the summer of 2008. The document was called A Brief Guide to World Domination, and it seems that a few people liked it. We now have Spanish, French, and Chinese translations, all made by volunteer readers. Someone…

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Before and After

In 2004 I went to Liberia for the first of five visits. It was a pretty crazy place at the time, having just ended an 14-year series of civil wars a few months before I arrived with a small assessment team. The streets were patrolled by U.N. tanks, the only electricity was provided by private…

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Follow-Up on FOIA Request for Travel History

A while back I completed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for any governmental records related to my travel history. You can read the original post, including all the info you need to make your own request if you carry a U.S. passport, over here. As mentioned at the time, I’m not a conspiracy…

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