Flight of the Butterflies | Experiencing the Longest Known Insect Migration on Earth

Flight of the Butterflies | Experiencing the Longest Known Insect Migration on Earth

(Note: Visiting the Monarch butterfly sanctuaries of Mexico was one of my 100 things to do before the age of 31 list. Ever since I learned about it, I wanted to make it happen. I've since been twice and have also completed all 100 things from "the list". Want to see the list? click here.) Deep in the forests of central Mexico's mountains, a natural phenomenon takes place each and every winter. The forests become absolutely smothered in colourful monarch butterflies that have migrated all the way from Canada. … [Read more...]

Speaking in Front of 100+ People

Speaking in Front of 100+ People

Two weeks ago, I got a message from my friend Steve asking if I wanted to give a talk at an event called Pechakucha. He sent me some links about the event and told me that the theme was about less. He knew I travelled for less and therefore would be a good candidate to speak. I always wanted to give a talk in front of a crowd so I said yes. Later I found out that I would be in front of over 400 people. My biggest talk prior to this was in front of maybe 35 people. Needless to say, I was both excited and nervous. Perfect. Pechakecha events consist of a slideshow presentation with 20 … [Read more...]

Eating a Tarantula in Cambodia

Eating a Tarantula in Cambodia

It's not like I grew up wanting to eat a big hairy spider but when I was looking through The Travel Book getting inspired for my trip to Asia, eating a tarantula in Cambodia popped out as something really unique and cool to do. I have a fear of spiders so eating one seemed like a stretch, which is what I love to do. Cambodia was our first stop on our 10-month Southeast Asia trip we did back in 2012. From day one in Phnom Penh to the next week in Siem Reap and Battambang, I asked everyone if they knew where I could find fried tarantulas. No one had them. There were other fried bugs all over … [Read more...]

Taking a Shower at 40,000 Feet | How I Travelled First Class on Emirates for $89

Taking a Shower at 40,000 Feet | How I Travelled First Class on Emirates for $89

Although travel has been a passion of mine for many years now, luxury was never really part of the equation. Sure, I like a little bit of bling bling now and then but I’m the kind of guy who’d rather be sleeping in a tent in the mountains than living it up in a 5-star hotel (most of the time, anyway). So it was somewhat odd to recently find myself sitting first class on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Houston. Not just any Emirates flight either – the A380. The Cream of the crop. The golden goose of travel hacking. After having breakfast in the Emirates first class lounge (included … [Read more...]

My 2015 Annual Review and Roadmap for 2016

My 2015 Annual Review and Roadmap for 2016

I'm not usually one for making new year resolutions. I find it silly to wait until the end of the year to promise positive change when it can be started at any moment. However, after reading about Chris Guillebeau and his annual review, I began to look at it differently. An annual review is not the same as new year resolutions. For me, it's a chance to reflect over the last year and be grateful for all the beautiful things that happened. It's a chance to remember all the amazing experiences but also a chance to reflect on what didn't go as planned. After the reflection, you can do a brief … [Read more...]