Florida Keys Stories Through Photos

Here are a bunch of photos (and a thousand or so words) to describe the feeling and stories behind the Florida Keys.

Florida Keys Stories Through Photos Florida Keys Stories Through Photos

Muskoka, Ontario: A Lifetime of Memories in Cottage Country

Some pictures and stories of my visit to Muskoka Ontario and the lifetime of memories it holds for me. Included: a shot of me 12 years ago on a sportbike!

Muskoka, Ontario: A Lifetime of Memories in Cottage Country Muskoka, Ontario: A Lifetime of Memories in Cottage Country

Why People Visit the Florida Keys, and Never Leave

I met many people in the Florida Keys who were born elsewhere, but now call them home. Here's why, and the magnetic appeal of the Florida Keys & Key West.

Why People Visit the Florida Keys, and Never Leave Why People Visit the Florida Keys, and Never Leave

How Tourists Cripple Local Economies

by Nora Dunn on July 31, 2014

I recently had a conversation with a fellow traveler who brought up a controversial, disturbing, and sticky theory: that tourists cripple local economies – generally unwittingly, and usually with generous motivations – when they travel. I introduced this idea in an article below in the recommended reading section, but I’ll expand on it here.

 

“Oh Well, I’m on Vacation”

Regardless of where you travel, if you’re on vacation, you’ll probably say this phrase at some point. It’s usually in reference to spending money on something you wouldn’t normally buy or do, or spending more money than you’re comfortable with on anything from a souvenir to a meal, hotel, or tourist activity.

“Oh well, I’m on vacation – I deserve it.” And indeed, you do deserve it.

But this isn’t about you.

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Emily and EwanEmily and Ewan are a Canadian couple who share a love for food, music and cats. Their passion for travel led them to take a break from the rat race. They quit their jobs and sold their stuff to fulfil their wanderlust desires by traveling for a year. Here’s a week-in-the-life of Emily and Ewan in a place near to my heart where I’ve recently been; The Inca Trail.

 

Day 1: Sunday

8:00 AM – We wake up and realize there is no turning back now…tomorrow we are embarking on the four day commitment to the Inca Trail. We take advantage of the breakfast included at our hostel and plot out all the last minute stuff we need to do.

11:00 AM – We’re at the grocery store buying both our dinner for tonight and snacks to bring along on the trek. For 10 Canadian dollars we get 2 rolls of toilet paper, 2.5 litres of water, a box of granola bars, a bag of trail mix, 3 buns, deli meat, 2 pepperoni sticks and some cheese.

11:30 AM – We head to a Mediterranean place and split kebabs, falafel and curried rice for lunch.

2:00 PM – Back at the hostel, we stall over our bags contemplating what to bring on the trek and what to leave behind.

6:00 PM – We eat our deli meat and cheese sandwiches in bed while trying to Skype Ewan’s family. With no luck, we watch some episodes of Bored to Death and The Marvellous Misadventures of Flapjack on the laptop before we hand it and our large packs to the hostel for storage and head to bed.

 

Day 2: Monday

4:45 AM – We wake up and madly get ready with what few belongings we will take with us.

5:30 AM – The bus comes and picks us up and we’re on our way out of Cusco, driving the two hours to Ollantaytambo.

7:30 AM – We have a quick breakfast before negotiating with the locals on the price of walking poles. They win the battle but we know it’s a worthy investment that we won’t regret later on.

9:30 AM – We are at kilometre 82 – the start of the Inca Trail. We get our passports stamped at the checkpoint, take the obligatory photos and then commence the life changing trek. We see our first ruins of the Trail: Llactapata and pinch ourselves…we can’t believe we are doing this!

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If you travel for more than a year, and especially if you earn an income while abroad, you may have to file taxes from abroad. Here are some tips for how to do this.

 

What Kind of Income Are you Earning, and Where?

If you have a working holiday visa or working rights in the country you are visiting, you’re generally required to file taxes in both the country where you’re working, and your home country. Although this can be a bit of a hassle, don’t worry about paying taxes twice; in most cases there will be a tax treaty between countries that protects you from overpaying.

If instead you have a location independent career where you earn money online, you don’t have to file taxes in the country you’re visiting (especially if you’re visiting on a tourist visa and remain an official resident in your home country), but you are required to report worldwide income on your home country’s taxes. In many cases your income won’t come from reportable sources (or sources that will be sending your tax department income slips); regardless, it’s your responsibility to report this income.

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Florida Keys Stories Through Photos

07 | 21 Featured

Here are a bunch of photos (and a thousand or so words) to describe the feeling and stories behind the Florida Keys.

Read the full article →

Muskoka, Ontario: A Lifetime of Memories in Cottage Country

07 | 17 Canada

Some pictures and stories of my visit to Muskoka Ontario and the lifetime of memories it holds for me. Included: a shot of me 12 years ago on a sportbike!

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A Week-In-The-Life of Sarah: Coffee With a Slice of Life

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Here’s a week-in-the-life of Sarah from Coffee With a Slice of Life, going from traveling with a partner to traveling solo – in Colombia.

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Financial Travel Tip #117: Save Baggage Fees With This Carry-On Trick

07 | 10 Financial Travel Tips

Here’s a carry-on trick that allows you to travel with extra stuff without paying extra baggage fees or having to check a bag.

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Why People Visit the Florida Keys, and Never Leave

07 | 07 Featured

I met many people in the Florida Keys who were born elsewhere, but now call them home. Here’s why, and the magnetic appeal of the Florida Keys & Key West.

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Dear Florida: What is it About You?

07 | 02 Featured

Find out why Florida is the most consistent place I’ve visited in all of my full-time travels, and why I’m going back just now.

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