September has been a month of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I traveled about 25,000kms by train in just 30 days from Lisbon to Saigon, along with two other nomadic travel bloggers Jeannie Mark of Nomadic Chick, and Michael Hodson of Go See Write as part of the Ultimate Train Challenge. Stay tuned for more posts with videos, stories of adventure, and a summary of the few dozen trains that delivered me to my final destination of Saigon. I’m currently staying at Thien Thao Hotel; exploring, enjoying foot massages, haggling at markets, eating all the street food I can find, and using the (thankfully) fast internet like I haven’t had it in weeks. (Wait a minute – I haven’t)!
Despite Saigon’s chaotic nature, it is my haven for the next 10 or so days. Then, my next step in my full-time travels: I’m flying to the Caribbean island of Granada, where I’m house-sitting for three months. After the constant movement of the Ultimate Train Challenge, I’m thrilled to counterbalance it with a few months of kicking back, living on a beach, taking long walks, and getting lots of writing done. I’m even excited to get a chance to taste what boredom might be like. This should be an interesting challenge, given my ever-busy nature.
Here are my published articles from September, along with a number of profiles of my recent travel adventures, and even a new music album that has just been released – featuring six songs that I sing on!
Here are 25 practical ways to be a better person today (and reap additional benefits like increased happiness, saving money, and helping the environment).
Last month, we discussed 15 Things to Expect from Your Financial Planner. Now that you know what to expect, it’s time to find one. This article discusses a few things to consider.
I often make mental notes of things I’d like for Christmas. It’s inevitably a host of items with varying price tags and degrees of necessity. It’s perfect for a Christmas Wish List, and alleviates the need for my benefactors to guess (often wrongly) what I’d like or need. Except, when somebody actually asks me what I want, I can’t remember one thing on my “list” – since I don’t actually have one!
This year, I’ve wised up. Starting now, I’m making a Christmas Wish List. Here’s how.
Profiles & Shout-Outs
The Hostel Life asked me to share a little story about my traveling life, and being in the throes of the Ultimate Train Challenge, it only made sense to share the catalyst for my Ultimate Train Challenge involvement. It was my Australian rail adventures, which included 11,000 kms in 11 days. Straight. Here’s the “coles notes” version of how it all went down:
Mike Sowden, who I met in England last year did a nice write-up of our Ultimate Train Challenge adventures, just before we boarded the epic Trans-Siberian journey in Moscow. Check out this fledgling site with great resources while you’re at it!
And Jodi Ettenberg, resident columnist for Hipmunk, also had a few things to say about the Ultimate Train Challenge. Thanks, Jodi!
Last but not least, I’m thrilled to announce that Cybiont has released his latest album, on which I sing on six tracks. You can listen to the album (and if you like it, buy/download it for $12) at the link below.