“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd


Explorer (Road Scholar) | Travel Log: 120 countries (6 continents) + All 50 U.S. States…

Countries I Have Visited:

Seen so far… 120 Countries (out of 199;):
Afghanistan, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Congo (Republic of), Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Finland, France (French Guiana), Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco (Western Sahara), Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea (DMZ), Oman, Pakistan, Palestine (West Bank), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Bahamas, The Netherlands, Togo, Turkey (Northern Cyprus), Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom (Gibraltar, North Ireland, Scotland, Wales), United Arab Emirates, United States (All 50 states, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Washington D.C.), Uruguay, Vatican City, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

U.S. States I Have Visited:

Seen all 50 States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, TEXAS, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Countries and the U.S. States I Have Lived In:

Afghanistan, Belgium, United Kingdom, United States (Hawaii, Florida, Nevada, Puerto Rico, TEXAS, Virginia)

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin


  • Travel: Africa RouteNOV2018 – NOV2019: UK to CAIRO (52 weeks) Trans Africa Overland Expedition (26+ Countries).


  • SEP2022 – MAR2023: Berlin DE, Southern Spain, London UK, Athens GR, 2 months in Arabia, 2 months in SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam,& Philippines).
  • RIO DE JANEIRO TO MANAUS VIA THE GUIANAS OVERLAND GROUP TOURFEB2024-APR2024 – Brazil Carnival 2024 – Rio – Salvador – Amazon – French Guiana – Suriname – Guyana – Brazil – Costa Rica

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


  • JAN-MAY – Holland America Line 124-DAY GRAND WORLD VOYAGE (Around the World)
    • Adventure Sailing… “The World ARC” – Full Round the World (15 months) with Rubicon 3 Rubicon 3 – Sailing holidays that combine genuine adventure, top-quality sail training, and time to head ashore and explore some of the most beautiful places in the world. DUCKDUCKGO Search.
  • JAN – Holland America Line – 22-DAY SOUTH AMERICA & ANTARCTICA
  • Easter Island, Chile (1st suitcase backpack & 2nd suitcase is food) 5-7 days; no Tuesday flights ( had tent lodging) (1 Idea)
  • April-September 2023 – Possible join a Festival Crew (Source)
  • MAY or OCT – Beijing (10-14 days) + Intrepid 19 days China Experience + Hong Kong & Macao (7 days) – Best Time to Go
  • June-September – Dragoman: Nur-Sultan To Lahore Overland Expedition
  • SEP Norway + SEP Sailing Croatia – Dubrovnik to Split + Slovenia + SEP Italy (1 month) then OCT Istanbul-Ankara-Cappadocia-Antalya-along coast-Troy-Istanbul circle Turkey (1 month)
  • SEP – Houston – London – ??? – Saint Petersburg-byland (Trans-Siberian Railroad (JUN-AUG))- Beijing – Bangkok – Houston
  • December – JanuaryAntarctic Tour – Best Time to Go
  • Timing???: Beijing-byland (Trans-Siberian Railroad) (JUN-AUG)-Saint Petersburg – ??? – London – Houston
  • North Africa with Saiga Tours
  • My next vehicle: RV Roadtripping in a Winnebago Trivato 59G

— Or —

1. Europe (Summer)
– Start in Norway, then move to the Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia)
– Visit small European states (Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino)
– End with Moldova and Slovakia

2. Central Asia and the Caucasus (Summer)
– Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
– Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

3. Middle East (Winter)
– Iraq, Iran, Syria (safety permitting), Yemen (safety permitting)

4. South and Southeast Asia (Winter)
– Bangladesh, Bhutan
– Myanmar, Brunei
– Sri Lanka, Maldives

5. East Asia and Pacific (Summer)
– Mongolia
– Pacific Island nations (Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu)

6. Caribbean (Winter)
– Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

7. Africa (multiple sub-regions)
– North Africa: Algeria, Libya, Tunisia
– West Africa: Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria
– Central Africa: Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe
– East Africa: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan

8. South America (Winter)
– Venezuela (safety permitting)

“We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.” – Gloria Gaither

KNOW THYSELF: What Traveler Type Are You?

Three different quizzes to choose from:

What best describes you? Remote Worker, Digital Nomad, Expat, Backpacker, Van Lifer, Vacationer, Transitioning to this lifestyle…

Travel Attitude: The four most important WORDS in traveling is… “How Can I Help?”

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

LOCATION / PLACES: Where do you want to go?

Things to consider:

Cost / Expense

  • Cost Tip:
    • Move from Expensive to Cheaper Destination:
      • When traveling to an expensive destination, it’s easier to budget by initially spending less there. This allows for more savings to be allocated for enjoying activities in a cheaper destination later on.
    • Travel in a circle (Clockwise or Counterclockwise) from the same Entry and Departure airport to save money.
    • Expense Index Data: DoD Defense Travel Management Office Per Diem Rates Query
  • Google Search: Travel Cost
  • If driving in the United States, use GasBuddy’s Fuel Trip Cost Calculator
  • Hopper (app) (no ads) – A mobile application that uses big data (Three & a half years of data) to predict (one year in advance) and analyze airfare (within $5). Consequently, it provides travelers with the information they need to get the best deals on flights and notifies them when prices for their flights are at their predicted lowest points.
  • Wikivoyage – Public domain and user-contributed travel information.
  • Hoodmaps – A crowdsourced map to divide cities up into hipsters, tourists, rich, normies, suits, and uni areas.

Time of Year / Season / Weather

  • Country Holidays – These might impact your schedule
  • Weather Tip:
    • Cold/Cool to Warm destinations (More stuff to carry to fewer things)
  • The Best Time To Visit [Site favors warmer temperatures] – When To go – Best Weather & Climate
  • Weatherspark – View the ‘Best Time of Year to Visit’ section
  • US Weather Road Trip Planner – Get weather conditions for your road trip
  • Google Earth (Standalone Program) – Weather (Quick way to see current conditions over a large area)
  • Weather (app) – Download a weather app (Forecast Advisor grades U.S. weather apps)

Travel Log Tracker

  • PolarSteps – The Personal Travel Log in Your Pocket. Track and share your journeys quickly and beautifully, turning your travel moments into lifetime memories.

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Barbara Hoffman

TRANSPORTATION: How are you getting around?


  • Airfare Tips:
    • Always browse in Incognito Mode or just use DuckDuckGo when booking flights to reduce flight price increases when researching. (Kb’s Note: I use the Tor Browser which is a free and open-source software that guarantees anonymity online and enhances your security and safety while using the internet.)
    • The least costly days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday [Source].
    • The best time to Buy airline tickets is 6-7 weeks or 50 days in advance.
    • Scott Keyes’ Goldilocks Windows: For domestic flights, the window falls between one to three months. On international flights, it ranges from two to eight months. For peak season domestic goes to three to seven months and international increases to four to 10 months [Source].
    • DON’T use unknown third-party airline sites – Book via a third party if the savings are substantial. If the price difference between a third-party site and booking direct is less than $50, book direct.
    • If you have a flexible schedule, ask the gate attendant to put you on the overbooked shortlist.
    • You can save money on food if you bring your brown bag food (Subway foot long) and an empty water bottle.
    • SeatGuru – Airline Seating Charts – Best Airplane Seats – The ultimate source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities, and airline information.
    • – An overview of all flight routes worldwide.
    • If needed, OnwardFly – A Flight Ticket Rental Service that provides you with international flight tickets (travel itineraries) with your name on them to use as proof of onward travel plans when you travel abroad. Because, in many countries, you will not be allowed to enter as a tourist without proof of onward travel. The service gives you proof of onward travel, without the hassle of paying for expensive airfares upfront. You simply “rent” the ticket for a small fee.
  • 1st Search StepGoogle Flights – Choose your flight from a simple list of results, explore destinations on a map, and find travel dates with the lowest fare with Flight Search.
    • Positive Strengths: Finding Availability and Searching Quickly
    • Negative Weaknesses: Cheapest Price and Mistake Fares
    • Outcome: Exact location and Exact dates

Now for the travel platform transition from Google Flights to Momondo for a possible cheaper airline price. Now do a Momondo search with that exact location and exact dates from the Google Flights search.

  • 2nd Search StepMomondo – Find and compare cheap fares from 700+ travel sites, giving you access to the best rates for airline tickets online.
    • Positive Strengths: Searching for Online Travel Agency (OTAs) and the Cheapest Price
    • Negative Weaknesses: Range of Dates and Searches Quickly
    • Outcome: Possible cheaper airline flight
  • Skyscanner – A flight search tool with no fees will help you find cheap flights, plane tickets, and travel deals with hundreds of airlines to your favorite destinations.
    • If stranded at an airport and you do not care about the location:
      • Select ‘One Way’
      • From ‘The Airport you are in’
      • To ‘Leave Blank’
      • Depart ‘Today Date’
      • Select ‘Search flights,’ and the results will be the cheapest fare out of that location
  • Rome2Rio Wikipedia – An online multimodal transport search engine that displays all the methods for getting between two (or more) places. For example, type in London to Athens and it will tell you how to get there via air, train, bus, car, or a combination of multiple methods.
  • Wikivoyage – Round the world flights
  • AirTreks: Around the World Tickets and Multi-Stop Flights – Explore routes for multi-stop international flights with TripPlanner, our tool for finding the most effortless way to fly around the world.
  • Some examples of Budget Airlines – List of low-cost airlines


  • Wikivoyage – Round the world overland
  • – An international car rental website that searches over 500 websites to provide the best rental car deals.
  • AutoSlash (Car Rental) – A site that automatically lowers/switches your rate when prices drop
  • Uber Wikipedia (app) – A peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab, food delivery, bicycle-sharing, and transportation network company with operations in 785 metropolitan areas worldwide.
  • Or stick to Uber or the local equivalent (if you can). Most countries have their version of Uber these days. (Note: Check WikiVoyage [city] in the “Get Around” section).
  • Lyft Wikipedia (app) – An on-demand transportation company that operates in approximately 300 U.S. cities and Canada.
  • RV Rental –
    • Outdoorsy – Low On Cost, High On Adventure — The Largest & Most Trusted RV Rental Marketplace on the Planet.
    • – Largest RV Rental Marketplace.
  • Turo Wikipedia – A car-sharing service. It’s like renting a car, but you rent it from locals instead of a car rental company. (Source: Nomadic Matt)
  • International Driver’s Permit – An International Driving Permit (IDP), often incorrectly referred to as an international driving license, is a translation of a domestic driving license that allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle in any country or jurisdiction that recognizes the document. American Automobile Association (AAA)

Bus / Train

  • Wanderu Wikipedia – Search Cheap Bus & Train Tickets: Search hundreds of carriers across North America & Europe and never charge any extra booking by comparing bus and train options, prices and scanning for last-minute getaways
  • Trainline Wikipedia (app)- Europe’s leading independent train ticket retailer. Book domestic & cross-border train tickets in 35 European countries. No hidden fees. It sells tickets through its website, by telephone, and through its mobile app. The main offices are in London, Paris, and Edinburgh.
  • Rail Europe Wikipedia – A distributor of European train tickets and rail passes, representing over 50 railroads throughout Europe.
  • The Man in Seat 61 Wikipedia – The guide to train travel in the UK, Europe & worldwide, with occasional ferry recommendations.

Cruise Ship + Airlines

  • Cruisesheet – Get cruise deals such as Last Minute Cruise Deals and repositioning cruises via email.
  • Cruiseplum – An online travel agency specializing in cruise bookings, offering a wide range of options including Solo Supplement packages for individual travelers.
  • CruiseMapper – A comprehensive online platform that provides detailed information, tracking, and reviews for cruise ships, itineraries, and ports worldwide.
  • For cruises, wait until the last minute. Companies have to fill boats and tours, so they offer amazing last-minute deals to fill unused space — no one wants to set off with a boat half full. (Source: Nomadic Matt)

Maps (In order of preference)

  • Google Maps (app) – A web mapping service that offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle, or public transportation. Offline maps are available too.
  • MAPS.ME (app) – Offline maps of the whole world.
  • Simple Overlanding App: OnX GPS Maps
  • Complex Overlanding App: Gaia GPS Map
  • CityMaps2Go (app) – An iPhone and Android app for travel and navigation.
  • Citymapper (app) – A mobile urban travel app and route calculator.

“To those who stay put, the world is but an imaginary place. But to the movers, the makers, and the shakers, the world is all around, an endless invitation.” – Unknown

LODGING (In order of preference): Where are you staying?

  • (app) – Online confirmed bookings for backpacker hostels around the world. City guides, sightseeing, entertainment, and backpacking information for hostels.
  • CouchSurfing (CS) (app) – A volunteer-based worldwide network connecting travelers with members of local communities, who offer free accommodation and/or advice. Or BeWelcome is an online hospitality service that offers and receives free accommodation and travel assistance and organizes activities in their cities.
  • Airbnb (app) – Rent unique accommodations from local hosts in 191+ countries
  • iOverlander (app) – A nonprofit mapping website of places for overlanders and travelers. It includes camping, hotels, restaurants, mechanics, water, propane filling, and many other things.
  • Park4night (Europe Lodging) – Parking for caravans, motorhomes, and campers.
  • Free Campsites – A simple, map-based search engine to find free and cheap camping areas.
  • Hipcamp – An online travel service designed to help people discover and book camping experiences: From public parks to private land, it is a comprehensive guide to camping across the US. camp on ranches, farms, vineyards, and land preserves.
  • Trusted Housesitters – A site that connects house/pet sitters with people who need them. Get free accommodation in exchange for looking after someone’s pet while they travel. (Source: Nomadic Matt)
  • DayUse – a booking platform for hotel rooms during part of the day to shower & nap…
  • Roomer – A travel marketplace in which users can list their non-refundable hotel reservations for sale and offer them to buyers at a discounted price.

“A traveling fool is better than a sitting wise person.” – Mongolian Proverb

ACTIVITIES / EXPERIENCES (See, Do, Eat, & Drink)(In order of preference):

  • Wikivoyage – Review the ‘See’ | ‘Do’ | ‘Eat’ | ‘Drink’ | sections of the location.
  • CouchSurfing (CS) (app) – A worldwide volunteer-based network connecting travelers with members of local communities using:
    • The ‘Hangout Now’ function
    • The ‘Events’ in the area function
  • Meetup (app) – an online social networking portal that allows members to find and join offline group meetings in various localities around the world unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers, or hobbies.
  • Wikipedia – An online travel agency and online marketplace for tour guides and excursions. It offers more than 60,000 products worldwide in 150 countries.
  • AAA TripTik Travel Planner – AAA maps provide accurate routing for trips you’re planning.
  • Roadside America – A travel tool and guide to unusual attractions, tourist traps, weird vacations, and road trips in the United States.
  • Airbnb Experiences (Crowd-sourcing) – Book experiences designed and led by some of the most interesting people out there (aka Custom/Private Experience).

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain


  • TourRadar Wikipedia – [WORLDWIDE] is An online travel agency and reviews website specializing in multi-day tours. It claims to have more than 40,000 tours available from more than 1,500 different tour operators worldwide and acts as an online marketplace for third-party tour operators to list their trips so travelers can find and book them.
  • My favorite way of traveling is…
  • SafariBookings – [AFRICA] An online marketplace that compares African safari offers from 1,271 specialized tour operators.
  • Grand Tour Wikipedia – The principally 17th- to early 19th-century custom of a traditional trip through Europe, with Italy as a key destination, undertaken by upper-class young European men of sufficient means and rank when they had come of about 21 years old.

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley


    • Passport Tip:
      • A better way to organize your Passport Book stamps is by using ‘Post-it Notes,’ which say, “Reserved for VISA” on every empty page. [Source: Andrej – Czech World Traveller]
  • If needed, OnwardFly – A Flight Ticket Rental Service that provides you with international flight tickets (travel itineraries) with your name on them to use as proof of onward travel plans when you travel abroad. Because, in many countries around the world, you will not be allowed to enter as a tourist without proof of onward travel. The service gives you proof of onward travel, without the hassle of paying for expensive airfares upfront. You simply “rent” the ticket for a small fee.
  • US Travel Country Advisory – Entry, Exit, and Visa Requirements
  • How to Take a Passport Photo: Tips & Recommendations
  • CVS Passport Photo for $0.33 Same Day

“I wish travel therapy was covered by my health insurance”


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller


“If you ever find coins on the ground, you’re in a RICH country. Conversely, if you never see coins on the ground, you’re in a POOR country.” – Kelly Beamsley

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller


  • Financial tips: You will need two credit cards: Visa & Mastercard; and two Debit cards.
  • Money Orders – When to Use, Where to Get, and How to Cash Them (Kb Tip: I believe Walmart is the least expensive)
  • Travel Hacking – (Kb: I use the Chase Sapphire Preferred)
  • Charles Schwab Travel Debit Card can be used in over 200 countries and territories across the globe. They work with millions of ATMs and merchant outlets without charging fees.
    • Tip: If you are ever asked if you want to pay for an item in U.S. Dollars or the local currency, always choose the local currency. You will lose in the currency conversion if you pay in U.S. Dollars.
  • Leather Money Belt – Google Image Search
  • Travel Exchange Rates:
  • Cost Tip:
    • Move from Expensive to Cheaper Destination:
      • When traveling to an expensive destination, it’s easier to budget by initially spending less there. This allows for more savings to be allocated for enjoying activities in a cheaper destination later on.
    • Travel in a circle (Clockwise or Counterclockwise) from the same Entry and Departure airport to save money.
    • Expense Index Data: DoD Defense Travel Management Office Per Diem Rates Query
  • Google Search: Travel Cost
  • If driving in the United States, use GasBuddy’s Fuel Trip Cost Calculator
  • County Currency: [Country] Currency Wikipedia

“The Greatest Travel Stories are LIVED… Not Told…” – Kb


    • Smartphone – Complete communication center with WiFi access to your email box, FB, and Instagram
      • Note: Turn off two-factor authentication (2FA) if your phone gets broken or lost.
    • Computer / Tablet –
    • Google Fi – Google Fi is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) telecommunications service by Google that provides telephone calls, SMS, and mobile broadband using cellular networks and WiFi. Roam for the same price as the home in 200+ countries and territories for a plan that starts at $20/month for unlimited calls and texts.
    • In case of emergencies, scan & back up with email and/or memory cards essential documents: Passports, Passport photos, Visas, Credit cards (both sides), Vaccination Records, and Driver’s license
    • Google Sheets – Spreadsheet: I like to plan things out day by day.
    • Skype (app) – Free calls and cheap calls to phones – Make internet calls for free with Skype. Call friends and family on any phone with Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly subscriptions.
    • FaceTime – With FaceTime for Mac, you can make video calls over WiFi to someone else’s FaceTime-enabled iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
    • Snapchat (app) – An image messaging and multimedia mobile application that lets you easily talk with friends, view Live Stories from around the world and explore news in Discover.
    • WhatsApp Wikipedia (app) – A freeware, cross-platform, and end-to-end encrypted instant messaging application for smartphones using standard cellular mobile numbers. It incorporates a feature called Status, which allows users to upload to a 24-hour-lifetime feed. It uses the Internet to make/send: voice calls, one-to-one video calls, text messages, images, GIFs, videos, documents, user location, audio files, phone contacts, and voice notes, to other users.
    • Viber Wikipedia – A cross-platform voice-over IP and instant messaging software application.

“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” – St Augustine



  • Lonely Planet Travel Guides and Travel Information – Travel guides and guidebooks. Travel advice tips and destination information to inspire you.
  • Eyewitness Travel Guides Wikipedia – Filled with expert advice, beautiful photographs, and detailed illustrations, our highly visual guides show you what others only tell you. We publish guides to more than 200 destinations, from handy pocket-sized city guides to comprehensive country guides.
  • Let’s Go Travel Guides – The Leader in Budget Travel – Young and budget-savvy travelers turn to Let’s Go for the freshest coverage, insider tips, and an authentic perspective.
  • Wikivoyage – Public domain and user-contributed travel information.

Languages Learning

  • Italki – Learn a language online: A platform that connects language teachers and students.
  • Google Translate (app) – A free multilingual machine translation service that translates text, speech, images, sites, or real-time video from one language into another. It supports over 100 languages at various levels.
  • Duolingo or app – A free language-learning platform that offers 81 different language courses across 37 languages including a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam.

Mail Forwarding

  • Anytime Mailbox – A Virtual Digital Mailbox that gets your postal mail online at 1210+ locations. View and manage your snail mail from your computer or any mobile device.
    • The United States Postal Service (USPS) requires you to complete and notarize a USPS Form 1583, giving our partner mail center permission to receive your mail because this form is required for all applicants regardless of their residence or citizenship. After you have completed your application, you will be able to download a pre-populated USPS Form 1583 easily. Now with that form completed, you can do an online notarization ASAP.
  • Notarize – Online Notary Service that provides online video notarization services.


  • Google Packing List – Travel Packing List
  • Pack den Sack – Packing List Generator
  • BackPack – My favorite design is a Transporter 90L/31.5″ backpack/wheel design from Osprey (+ Lifetime Guarantee)
  • Laptop computer
  • Two Primary Cameras should be your Smartphone (My camera pictures are on Instagram) – As of 01JANAPR2022, I am using the Samsung S20 Ulta with an extra power battery case from Newdery 10000mAh and a long zoom point and shoot camera – Canon PowerShot SX740 HS (40x Optical Zoom).
  • The secondary camera should be a GoPro or a Waterproof Camera with the highest Optical Zoom… As of April 29, 2018, I would choose this: Nikon COOLPIX AW130 (Google Search) Waterproof & Shockproof Digital Camera, 16MP, 5x Optical Zoom, 3″ Display, Full HD 1080p Video, 100′ Dive Rating, WiFi/NFC, GPS
  • External Battery Pack: Power Bank 50000mAh
  • Travel Adaptors
  • Quick Drying Travel Towel
  • USB headlamp (or for my medieval friends… a Torch;)
  • My Favorite Worldwide Sports Store is Decathlon Wikipedia – A sporting goods retailer. With over 1,697 stores in 60 countries and regions (2021), it is the largest sporting goods retailer in the world.

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac


  • Au pair – A helper from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare and receive a monetary allowance for personal use. Au pair arrangements are often subject to government restrictions which specify an age range usually from 18 – 26 years of age, both male (BroPair) and female AuPairs are available. The au pair program is considered a form of cultural exchange that gives the family and the au pairs a chance to experience and learn about new cultures. Aupairworld or BroPair.
  • Wikipedia – Connects volunteers, or Helpers, who are seeking accommodations rather than a salary with hosts seeking help.
  • Hostel Jobs – The site for awesome travelers & locals, who want to work in hostels. Whether you are an experienced Hostel Manager or a globetrotter looking for ways to extend your vagabond budget – this is the place where Hostel Professionals look for people like you and post jobs.
  • Workaway Wikipedia – An international hospitality service that allows members to contact one another to organize homestays and cultural exchange.
  • WWOOF Wikipedia – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), or Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is a hospitality service operated by a loose network of national organizations that facilitate homestays on organic farms.
  • TIPS: HelpX and Workaway, you can peruse all work-exchange offerings before registering; Workaway even lets you read other volunteer reviews before registering. Start with keyword searches to find appealing options based on your interests, such as construction, cooking, and children, or you might base it on hobbies like yoga, sailing, or woodworking.
  • 35 BEST Travel Jobs to Make Money While Travelling
  • Expert Vagabond – 40 Best Travel Jobs To Make Money Traveling The World
  • WeWorkRemotely – The largest remote work community in the world. With over 4.5M visitors, WWR is the number one destination to find and list incredible remote jobs.

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar


“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin


  • Peak–End Rule – A psychological heuristic in which people judge an experience largely based on how they felt at its peak (i.e., its most intense point) and at its end, rather than based on the total sum or average of every moment of the experience. (Kb’s Bottomline: End on a great note no matter what.)


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