I have divided the articles into three sections
Planning and Disaster Prevention – I have faced some big problems on the road such as being shut out of my bank account on a 5100km road trip in Australia. Some of these problems were easily preventable, these guides will give you a plan B. Do not let a 5 minute problem turn into a 5 day problem because of carelessness.
SE Asia – These are similar to my destination guides but these particular ones discuss SE Asia as a whole rather than specific cities and national parks. I am particularly passionate about the SE Asia War History guide. Multiple times in SE Asia have I left war museums feeling sick, angry and numb.
Travel Thoughts – Travel gives you a new perspective on your life, home and the world. Here is a section of thoughts I have had over the last 21 months.
Planning and Disaster Prevention
I have 31gb of photos backed up in the cloud, if anything happened to my laptop or phone, my photos would still be fine.
Stopping Bank Issues When Travelling
First rule of travel, do not lose your passport. Second rule of travel, do not lose access to your money. I broke the second rule.
I simply could not travel without my iPhone. I use it to book accomodation, flights, taxis and so much more.
In some parts of SE Asia you can get ‘super cheap street food’, but do not be mislead into thinking you can get $1 meals everywhere.
Learning about the conflicts in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos has broken me emotionally and left me furious.
Sometimes night buses are cheap, comfortable and get to your next destination at 8am. Othertimes they are uncomfortable and arrive at 4am.
One has pristine beaches and lots of empty space. The other is crowded and home to countless foods, languages and famous buildings.
Americans are often derided for not travelling outside of America, although is it necessarily a bad thing to want to see your own country.
Every country has its problems. The problems in this list are ones that will be familiar with backpackers in Oceania and SE Asia.