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Often humorous, sometimes serious, and occasionally scathing, these Ramblings are neither date nor country-specific. In some cases, the Ramblings cover aspects of our trip preparation, such as in "Chinese Needle Torture." In other cases, they represent ideas and observations that link our travel experiences in various countries, such as "The Sunset Scheme." We hope you enjoy them - any feedback much appreciated.

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september 6 -> Tip-Top and Rock-Bottom Experiences

"What was your favorite country?" is the most common question we are asked, and also the most difficult question to answer. We liked many countries, but for different reasons. Rather than compile a list of the "Top Ten" countries, we sat down in Honduras and put together several lists: the best and worst experiences, adventures, food and accommodations on our trip. We hope this gets your travel juices flowing!... MORE

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may 30 -> the free enterprise theme

- Sung to the tune of “The Gilligan's Island Theme”
- Click here to listen to Scott sing the theme song. MORE

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april 1 -> what really counts in travel?

Robert Major was obsessed with the number of countries that he had visited.  On the bus ride from Bonito to Iguazu Falls, we had gotten into a spirited, but light-hearted discussion about what countries “counted” and which countries didn't.  (Initially impressed by our total, he later expressed skepticism at some of our inclusions... MORE

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November 30 -> sunrise scam

I am going to let you in on one of the biggest scams in the travel industry.  Not hidden commissions, or overbooked flights, or rigged taxi meters.  I am talking about The Sunrise Scam... MORE

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November 11 -> Bucha-no-rest

Some people think that our 2-year trip is like one really long vacation.  Take a week in Hawaii or the Caribbean, multiply that by 104, and you've got the general idea.  Sure, we are not working, and that counts for a lot, but I can guarantee you that long-term travel is nothing like the holidays we used to take when we were working.  For one thing, we rarely get a good night's sleep... MORE __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

july 10 -> dumb things backpackers say part 1

In the past year, Nori and I have had the displeasure to meet many silly backpackers. Below, we list the ten most annoying things that they say:... MORE __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

july 10 -> dumb things backpackers say part 2

5. "I hate globalization."

Travelers tend to be a very liberal lot, which is ironic considering their elitist tendencies. The first thing you discover is that most people can't explain what it is that they abhor. Is it that Chinese laborers are being paid very little... MORE

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july 10 -> dumb things backpackers say part 3

9. “I always eat local food.”

This is another budget-related issue. The traveler always eats local food, in large part, because it is cheap. Another nice thing about always eating local food is that it gives the traveler an opportunity to brag about... MORE

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November 8 -> The Best and Worst of the First Six Months

After six months on the road, we decided it was time to make some lists. What follows documents the best and the worst of the trip so far, as well as the funniest/most bizarre moments and the most valuable equipment by country... MORE

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October 25 ->
The turkish driver's guide

I drove over 5000 kilometers in three weeks in Turkey, and can authoritatively say that Turkish drivers are some of the worst in the world. They are so bad that it got me thinking that they must be operating from a different driver's manual. Sure enough, they are. I had a friend translate the most important rules from the official Turkish Driver's Guide...more

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september 4 ->
The Travel Diet

Traveling on a budget is a great way to lose weight,
for three simple reasons:

1. Eating less,
2. Exercising more, and
3. Diarrhea

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MAY 24 ->
"The Kokoda Song"

"Kokoda"
- Written by Scott Brixen while on location
- Sung to the tune of "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys

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April 15 -> A Guide to Kiwi Pronunciation

Planning a trip to New Zealand? In that case, please consult this primer on Kiwi pronunciation. Soon you will be ordering 'fush and chups' with ease! MORE


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Feb 24 -> Chinese Needle Torture

Travel can be very tough on the body, and we wanted to do everything we could to look after our health. This led us to the Travel Doctor, a Sydney clinic whose sole business is the protection of travelers from all manners of afflictions - from diarrhea to Japanese encephalitis. The large number of Australian backpackers and backpackers visiting Australia ensures a steady stream of business... More

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