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Time for a Biorambler makeover! I’ve downgraded my site, and am going to try to find a way for it to be super-snazzy without paying $229 a year. Stay tuned, but in the meantime accept my sincere apologies for the absolute formatting mess.  Here’s a pretty view instead: At the moment I’m holed up in…

Budget breakdown for one month in the Philippines

“And when is your departure flight from the Philippines?” the check-in agent sweetly asked me as I dropped my bag for the trip from Kuala Lumpur to Cebu City. I smiled back and confidently bluffed “I fly to Bangkok in three weeks.” “Great – if I could just see your flight confirmation?” She called my bluff,…

Budget breakdown for one month in Northern Thailand

Another month has passed, another 30-day tourist visa has expired and another (small) dent has been made in my bank account. This month it was Thailand, which is notoriously more expensive than some of its neighbouring south-east Asian countries. However, the north is cheaper than the south, so I didn’t head below the Bangkok belt…

Budget breakdown for one month in Cambodia

“But how do you afford to travel?” is one of the most frequent questions not only from people at home, but also from others on the road. Most people I meet are on some sort of an extended holiday – usually 3-6 months, but sometimes stretching out as far as a year. Occasionally I’ll meet…

Sweden vs. The World: Travel Insurance

If you have every paid for travel insurance and you are not from Sweden, you might want to stop reading now. Or start packing your bags for a residence-earning stay in Scandinavia. Wyatt Cenac’s segment ‘Stockholm Syndrom‘ for the Daily Show hardly grazed the skin of the reality of living in this socialist nightmare: “She smells…

Budget Cuts: Part 1

How in the world do I expect to go from a reasonable ‘grown-up’ salary to no salary at all in the span of six months?  Well, savings will of course make up a pretty major part of it. I have kicked into high-gear saving mode, and here is the breakdown of what I have cut…