Becoming a Shaman

I've been teasing you with tales of transition for months now. So finally, here it is: my next big step in life - I'm becoming a shaman.

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Financially Sustainable Travel: My 2014 Income

Every year, I publish my annual cost of full-time travel as well as my income. Here's my 2014 income, where it came from, and what's on tap for 2015.

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Financially Sustainable Travel: My Cost of Full-Time Travel in 2014

What does it cost to travel full-time? That answer varies, as it has for me over the years. Here's my cost of full-time travel in 2014.

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Kristyn Bacon is the editor and founder of Trainless Magazine, an online travel magazine. She is currently travelling overland from Berlin to Taiwan with her dog, Anja. (Editor’s note: this reminds me of my own overland trip from Lisbon to Saigon)! Her stories have been published by literary journals, travel websites, and athletic magazines. An architect read her work and compared it to George Saunders. Please enjoy this week-in-the-life of Kristyn and Anja on the Adriatic Coast, in the midst of their epic overland journey!


Day 1 – Soline-Gruda

Anja was way too tired to come with me on the walk today. I was a bit disappointed because I had planned to run on small, calm roads the whole day, and I knew she would love the peaceful, car-less walk. However, her legs were cramping and she had very low energy, so I made the quick decision to leave her with Fabian and walk the route carrying my full backpack.

Fabian and I have a great system. We both have to work, so while Anja and I run, Fabian takes the short trip by bus or train with both of the backpacks. We almost always stay for two nights so we can both work for a full day. This also gives Anja time to rest, but after two weeks of running, she must have needed a longer break. I was going to miss her, but I was a bit jealous that she was taking the bus and I turned into a camel with my huge bag!

11:00 – I started the walk super late because we had to repack the bags. I didn’t mind, though. I can walk very quickly when I am alone. I started out on a busy road, and I didn’t have to worry much about the cars because the shoulder was big enough for just me. I made it to the next town and walked down to the center. I had seen a trail going from this town to the next, which would save me about five kilometers of highway. However, once I got to the end of town, I saw a huge rolling gate and an office next to it. The guard came out and told me I couldn’t walk through there, because it was an electricity office, or settlement, or community. Whatever it was, it was super private and no one was allowed through. I wanted to hike down the ocean and cross on the rocks, but I thought if they had an office here, they’d have an office on the other side. I walked back up out of town, mad about the wasted time and energy, but I was also glad that Anja was on the bus, because there was no sidewalk on the highway for the next seven kilometers.

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A few years ago, I published a Financial Travel Tip with tips for carrying cash that I’d learned along the way.

Since then I’ve discovered a bunch of new and ingenious techniques for carrying cash, such as the following:


Stash It

I’m not a huge fan of money belts, but I must say I’ve enjoyed using the Stash Belt since it also incorporates a neat little pocket for a USB stick. (See also: My USB Stick Trick)


Hidden Pouches

I’ve spoken with many travelers who have different systems with pouches that can be worn in various places around the body.



Not only should you diversify where you carry your cash on your person, but if you’re traveling with a partner, share the load and diversify your cash between you.


Dirty Laundry

Most opportunistic thieves won’t delve so far down as to sift through your dirty laundry to see if you have some cash stashed in there. Thus, it’s a pretty good hiding place.

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A Week-In-The-Life of Tiva in South Africa

by Nora Dunn on June 15, 2015

TivaTiva is traveling to celebrate mid-life. She’s American, but ever since she found out that many Europeans and Australians take a gap year, she wanted to have one. About 20 years later, she sold her house and took one. Tiva tends to seek out travel experiences that focus on traditional cultures and/or really good food. Here’s a week-in-the-life of Tiva in South Africa!


Day 1: Tuesday

6:30am – Wake up with the sun at a B&B in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I could use some alone time, so I sneak out to the living room with a book, thinking of a comfy armchair that I saw there. My hosts are awake and promptly deluge me with friendliness and hospitality, “Would you like coffee? Hot or cold milk with that? Fruit? Toast? Eggs now or when your friend wakes up?”

8:00am – I’m traveling with a friend. She emerges and gets the same routine. A wonderful and very filling breakfast, but we’re both slightly overwhelmed.

10:00am – Our guide arrives to take us on a tour of the townships near Port Elizabeth. These are the areas that Black Africans had to move to under the Apartheid system. Nowadays, the Townships are vibrant and complex. There’s still extreme poverty there, but there’s also a growing middle class who choose to stay. Our guide is part of this Township middle class, so it’s a very informative tour, but we’re just scratching the surface in three hours, really.

1:30pm – We ask the guide to drop us off at an African art store in downtown Port Elizabeth, instead of back at our B&B. We’ve been traveling in Southern Africa about three weeks now and have some idea what sorts of things we like and what we’re willing to pay for them. We both get some great stuff.

4:30pm – It’s culture day! The same guide picks us up again to go meet with some storytellers in the Townships. We talk to a woman who was a maid during the Apartheid era about what that was like. Then we go to have dinner with a woman who was in the African National Congress (ANC) during the Apartheid era. She was jailed three times during the ‘70s and ‘80s because the South African police thought she might have information about what others in the resistance struggle were up to. “Poverty tourism” like this is kind of controversial – but we both end up feeling really glad we did it. We’re giving money to a Xhosa-owned business and we’re getting a more well-rounded view of both the past & present of this country than we’d have otherwise.

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Street Food in Peru, and Around the World

06 | 08 links

Peruvian cuisine is the new black, and for good reason. Here’s a collection of street food in Peru that’s cheap and delicious.

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A Week-In-The-Life of Matt, Teaching English in Taiwan

06 | 01 Taiwan

Here’s a taste of the “daily grind” of teaching English in Taiwan, as written by full-time traveler Matt from A Boundless Environment.

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Becoming a Shaman

05 | 21 Featured

I’ve been teasing you with tales of transition for months now. So finally, here it is: my next big step in life – I’m becoming a shaman.

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A Week-In-The-Life of Ben and Marissa in Italy

05 | 18 Italy

Here’s a week-in-the-life of Ben and Marissa, world travelers from Canada, exploring Italy!

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I Did It! 6 Little Victories of Travel

05 | 11 Life as a full-time traveler

Here are 6 little victories of travel that make you feel good about your journey, yourself, and life in general.

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A Week-In-The-Life of Chris Reynolds – The One Effect, in Peru

05 | 04 Peru

Here’s a week-in-the-life of Chris Reynolds and a group of volunteers as part of The One Effect, expanding sustainable farming in the Sacred Valley of Peru.

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