About Topher Lazarz

I'm Topher Lazarz, an expatriate from the United States currently skipping around the world and your guide to surviving outside your home country. I have always wanted to travel but never had the time, money or freedom to do so. My life changed forever in May 2012 when I was pretty much forced to travel and my life has been an exciting journey ever since. I hope my guides can help those considering becoming expatriates or backpackers as the information provided on this website is something I definitely wish I had access to when I first began backpacking.

Renewing Your American Passport Abroad Painlessly

Renewing your passport abroad is much easier and faster than doing it state side. Back home, it can take up to 30 days to process and receive your new passport while doing it abroad, you can have your new passport … Continue reading

The Carrot Trick – Buying Food on the Cheap (Unethical)

The carrot trick is something I learned about while staying at ChiliBlue and was commonly used to get good food on the cheap. The carrot trick is just slightly more ethical than down right stealing the food but not by … Continue reading

Declaring Items at Customs – Australia & New Zealand

Every port of entry has two things, immigrations and customs, both have completely separate functions but utilise the arrival card you frantically fill out while in line to get your passport stamped. In this post, I will cover the customs … Continue reading

Surviving Long Haul Flights – Avoiding Airsickness

When it comes to air travel advice, I’ve figured out how to travel well on air planes. In the past 5 months, I have flown 54,000 kilometres, been in 5 different countries spanning 3 continents and survived 13 take off … Continue reading

Spend Less, Save More. Surviving When You’re Broke

We’ve all been there at one point or another in our life where we are piss broke. It seems to be a common occurrence for me as of lately. If you’re smart about it, you can easily squeak by on … Continue reading