Adventures Around the World

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Upgrade To iPhone 6 [Plus] And Keep Unlimited Data Plan With Verizon

Yes. It is still possible: How is that for a teaser? But kidding aside, for the last three years I have been able to upgrade my iPhone line to the latest and greatest version taking advantage of the other dumbphone lines on our family plan. Including this year. In 2012 and 2013, the trick was pretty straightforward: Upgrade a dumbphone line to a new iPhone Reactivate the dumbphone back on that line Activate the new iPhone on the old iPhone line Celebrate I wrote a detailed post on how to do that last year, and judging by the number of […]

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Inside My Backpack: Canon SX280 HS Digital Camera

Inside My Backpack: Canon SX280 HS Digital Camera

Not surprisingly, I’ve taken great many pictures as I’ve travelled around the world for the last couple of years. Often people ask me which camera I use, usually expecting me to pull out some fancy DSLR out of my backpack, and then don’t believe me when I tell them it’s just a point-and-shoot. Well, it’s a special point-and-shoot – Canon’s SX2xx family: Canon SX210 IS, SX 260 HS, and SX 280 HS series In 2011, a new breed of cameras hit the market to fill the niche between the cheap point-and-shoots and much more expensive professional DSLR cameras. Canon SX210 […]

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Thinking in Points and Miles

Thinking in Points and Miles

I love flying using award tickets. Not only because they save me a ton of money, but also because they allow me to put together some freaky routings while technically redeeming for a “round-trip” ticket. While the easiest way to get the miles is applying for credit cards with sign-up bonuses, every mile I can squeeze out of my normal day-to-day spend counts as well. Just for fun, I figured I would share the latest example of how I saved some $ while maximizing my mileage earnings from an American Eagle order. How a normal person shops It all started […]

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Inside My Backpack: McNett Microfiber Towel

Inside My Backpack: McNett Microfiber Towel

When I was gearing up for my backpacking trip around the world, I knew that I didn’t want to bring a regular towel with me – it was just way too bulky, taking up too much precious space inside my backpack. I realized that getting a microfiber travel towel would be my only choice to keep the bulk down as well as have a towel that dries up fast. I was hesitant at first – I have used the rug-sized microfiber towels before at the gym as well as at a car wash and they felt anything but pleasant. Reading […]

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Time To Get More Credit Cards

Time To Get More Credit Cards

With my trip to Scandinavia, taking my parents around Europe and the recent beer run to the “Old” World, I have been on the major  mile/point “burning” spell this year. It is time to get some more credit cards to help build up my point balances and I figured I will share these with you since folks constantly ask me  which credit card(s) they should get. There are quite a few pretty good offers available right now, some ending soon, so I plan on taking advantage of most of them. Disclosure right away: All information and links below are current […]

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Upgrade To iPhone 5s / 5c And Keep Unlimited Data Plan With Verizon

Upgrade To iPhone 5s / 5c And Keep Unlimited Data Plan With Verizon

UPDATE: Check out my step-by-step iPhone 6 upgrade guide For better or worse, I made up my mind to upgrade from iPhone 5 to iPhone 5s but I also wanted to keep my unlimited data plan with Verizon and do so without paying full retail price for the 5s. I was able to do this once earlier this year when upgrading from iPhone 4 to iPhone 5 so I figured the same process should still work. Indeed, it did work like a charm so I figured a few folks out there considering upgrading from an older iPhone or smartphone to […]

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Inside My Backpack: iPhone 5s

Inside My Backpack: iPhone 5s

Well, technically, I normally don’t care my iPhone inside my backpack, but it is probably the most crucial device out of everything I travel with. Taking and sharing pictures, keeping all my travel plans and contact information, helping me navigate unfamiliar cities, transportation webs and jungle trails, staying in touch with friends and family, and so much more! Smartphones have had a huge impact on how people are traveling these days. I got my first one (iPhone 4) just a few months before I set out on my epic round-the-world trip and I absolutely loved it for all the reasons […]

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Getting the Most out of Instagram for Travelers

Getting the Most out of Instagram for Travelers

If you have been following along the last few weeks, you probably noticed that I have been obsessed with Instagram lately. From finding some locals to hang out with while my car was being fixed after breaking down in Death Valley, to winning a cool prize pack from Montana Tourism for the picture I posted of the Rock Creek valley on the way to Yellowstone. I took my sweet time jumping on Instagram bandwagon, mostly because I did not really understand the value of the service. I finally downloaded the app before heading out to Scandinavia earlier this year but […]

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Minaal ProTravel Carry-on

Minaal ProTravel Carry-on

“So are you guys really brothers? And what do you actually do?” were the two questions I posed to Minaal brothers when I ran into them at the top of Toronto’s CN Tower back in June. We had a few friends in common so I kept running into them all through the weekend during TBEX travel blogger conference in Toronto. We briefly chatted about this and that, but after a quick and vague introduction, I still wasn’t exactly sure what they did besides helping Jodi eat soup in Vietnam. They sure seemed to be seasoned travelers but they didn’t have a […]

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Inside My Backpack: Kensington Noise Canceling Headphones

Inside My Backpack: Kensington Noise Canceling Headphones

You could hardly consider me a huge music fan. I can’t name the 90% of the artists singing the songs I like nor can I tell the difference between 128kbps and lossless audio recordings of the same songs. Heck, I barely even listen to music anymore these days – most of the time it is a podcast that I am trying to get though whether I am on the road or at a gym. And for that reason, I resisted for a long time getting a noise canceling headset. Then last year I really flew a lot and got frustrated […]

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