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About Me (8)

Why did you leave America? It’s the greatest country in the world!

Let me stop you right there, America is not the greatest country in the world, not by a long shot. Once upon a time it may have been but today, it couldn’t be further from the truth. I could go into a very long soapbox post about this one but that’s beyond the scope of the Faqs. That’s also my answer to why I left, it isn’t the greatest country in the world but as Americans, we are tricked by our politicians and media that it’s true.

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What’s your favourite country and why?

I haven’t traveled much so I am sure my answer will change with time but as of now, Australia. The climate is perfect, their economy is booming, they have some of the most unique animals on the planet and the best places to sight see. Pretty much I live and breath Australia at the moment even though I am not there.

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Where do you currently reside?

I jump around the world a lot so I don’t really consider myself “residing” anywhere at the moment. One day I’m in one country and a new one the next. I really never know what the next day will bring!

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Littleton, Colorado but also lived in Denver, Colorado for about a year. Most recently, I had moved to Fort Collins, Colorado and lived there for two years before undertaking this grand adventure of mine.

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Why do you switch between American English and Commonwealth English?

I honestly don’t know, some days I just write one way and then another. Depending on the computer I am using, certain words also get auto corrected to one version rather than another. I prefer Commonwealth English however as I used to write like that for quite a while anyways (used to drive my professors crazy).

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Where do you get the money for these adventures?

I live as cheaply as possible, work odd end jobs and just save as much as possible. Honestly, I get by on about $25 a day which is pretty good considering that includes food, lodging, communications and what not. I live like a poor person sometimes but have been fortunate enough not to encounter urban camping just yet. At the moment, I am on a working holiday visa which makes working much easier but have worked “illegally” (against my visa conditions) in the past.

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Do you still consider yourself a United States citizen?

On paper, yes; I travel on a US Passport and do declare myself as an American national when required to do so. That being said, I do not recognise any country having sovereignty over me and therefore, consider myself a citizen of the world instead. As far as I am concerned, I just happened to be born in America and no country has rule over me which is what citizenship quite frankly is all about, who gets to rule and tax you.

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Air Travel (3)

What’s the cheapest day to fly?

Traditionally, it depends on many factors and not on one single day. You need to take into account where you are traveling to, where you are traveling from, the season of both locations and if there are any holidays around the corner. No one day is better than another in terms of price with one exception, Christmas Day. Christmas Day is the cheapest time to fly that time of the year throughout most of the world. You can find trends among countries but you will need to experiment to find out as it consistently changes. The best advice, if you find a cheap fare, purchase it.

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What’s the best way to stay entertained in flight?

Honestly, fly an airline that has your own personal screen built into the screen in front of you. They usually have a great selection of movies, TV shows and even games. Unfortunately, if you’re flying on the cheap, it’s unlikely you will get on an airline or aeroplane that has this amenity. Instead, load movies, books and music onto phones, laptops and tablets. Eventually you’re batteries will die so be sure to bring extras or simply load content across all platforms. Most aeroplanes that don’t have personal entertainment screens don’t have in seat power either, at least in coach. Otherwise sleep is always good.

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What in seat power adapter do airplanes use?

Airplanes use one that is similar to car adapters but with slightly different specifications. I recommend you buy the Kensington Auto/Air Power Inverter with Two USB Ports for Mac or PC (K38037US). It’s a worth while investment. Keep in mind, airplane bathrooms have a standard 110 volt plug in there for charging shavers and ahem, your electronics, but that isn’t the most convenient places to sit and wait.

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Australia (1)

Where can I find visas for Australia?

Visas for Australia can be obtained from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) website, www.immi.gov.au. Here you will find information on tourist visas, working holiday visas and permanent migration.

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New Zealand (1)

Where can I find visas for New Zealand?

Visas for New Zealand can be obtained from the Immigration New Zealand website, www.immigration.govt.nz. Here you will find information on tourist visas, working holiday visas and permanent migration.

Note that for American tourists, a visa application is not required before arriving if you plan on staying less than 90 days. A return ticket must be shown to immigration officers upon arrival however. See their website for more details.

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Recommendations (4)

What type of travel power adapter should I buy?

I recommend one that not only will plug into any outlet but will accept any plug type as well. You tend to pickup electronics when you travel and you never know when you may need a converter to convert a power plug to a power outlet. The Samsonite Luggage Universal Power Adapter, Black, One Size is perfect for this and is pretty cheap. Depending on how many electronics you are traveling with, I recommend buying two.

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What in seat power adapter do airplanes use?

Airplanes use one that is similar to car adapters but with slightly different specifications. I recommend you buy the Kensington Auto/Air Power Inverter with Two USB Ports for Mac or PC (K38037US). It’s a worth while investment. Keep in mind, airplane bathrooms have a standard 110 volt plug in there for charging shavers and ahem, your electronics, but that isn’t the most convenient places to sit and wait.

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What kind of backpack do you recommend?

They no longer make the backpacking backpack I currently have unfortunately. However, should I ever require a new one, I would probably purchase the High Sierra Classic Series 59501 Appalachian 75 Internal Frame Pack. Either way, you want a backpack that will last a long time, holds everything you need, is easily accessible and of course, waterproof.

I would not recommend using rolling luggage simply because if a wheel breaks, you’re screwed carrying it by hand. Backpacking backpacks are also easier to grab and go, are spacious as luggage and tend to handle easier as well.

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What mobile phone do you recommend?

You need to invest in a phone that is unlocked, utilises multiple GSM frequencies, utilises a SIM card and is durable. My first choice would be an Andorid, followed by a Windows Phone and then if a gun was pointed to my head, an iPhone. Honestly, it boils down to personal taste. Just keep in mind that your current phone may not work due to frequency restrictions or being locked to your current carrier. If you are a Sprint of Verizon customer, it’s unlikely you have a SIM card capable phone and it will not be able to be used abroad.

If you’re an Andorid fan, I recommend the Samsung Galaxy S III as it has all the latest and greatest features. Samsung is the one mobile phone manufacturer I rely on time and time again.

For Windows fans, check out the HTC Titan II 4G or the Samsung Focus 2 I667

And finally, for you Apple lovers, check out the Apple iPhone 4S 16GB or the Apple iPhone 5 64GB.

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General (1)

Why do you talk about illegal activities?

I believe expatriates and backpackers should be completely informed about what they are getting themselves into. Once you begin travelling, you will soon learn about these activities anyway so I figure it’s best to get you prepared. In no way do I condone or recommend doing anything illegal, they are posted on this website for informative/entertainment purposes only.

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Communicating (1)

What mobile phone do you recommend?

You need to invest in a phone that is unlocked, utilises multiple GSM frequencies, utilises a SIM card and is durable. My first choice would be an Andorid, followed by a Windows Phone and then if a gun was pointed to my head, an iPhone. Honestly, it boils down to personal taste. Just keep in mind that your current phone may not work due to frequency restrictions or being locked to your current carrier. If you are a Sprint of Verizon customer, it’s unlikely you have a SIM card capable phone and it will not be able to be used abroad.

If you’re an Andorid fan, I recommend the Samsung Galaxy S III as it has all the latest and greatest features. Samsung is the one mobile phone manufacturer I rely on time and time again.

For Windows fans, check out the HTC Titan II 4G or the Samsung Focus 2 I667

And finally, for you Apple lovers, check out the Apple iPhone 4S 16GB or the Apple iPhone 5 64GB.

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