Survival Tips for India


Indian crowd near Red Fort, Delhi.

India is a perfect country for backpackers: it is exotic, beautiful and diverse. At the same time, India can be a very challenging destination that may quickly wear you down. Here are a few survival tips to make your stay more enjoyable.

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8 Useful Android Apps for Long Term Travel (and What to Do With Them)


Keeping track of my purchases during a train ride from Moldova to Romania.

Ah, smart phones. They’ve permanently changed the way we travel, but they don’t help much if you don’t know what to do with them. Here are some free Android apps that I’ve found very helpful during my months on the road.

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How to Waste Time During Long Train Journeys


If you want to waste time on a train trip, stick your head out of the window and try to take an exciting selfie. At least that’s what I do!

Trains offer a relatively comfortable, cheap and environmentally friendly way of transport all around the world. Still, long train journeys can get tedious. Here are a few ways to fight the dullness.

Something about train traveling fascinates me. Maybe it’s the idea how you lock yourself out of the outside world for multiple hours. You sit, loll and walk around in this weird chain of wheeled rooms. Without a Wi-Fi, the only means of wasting time are those that you’ve packed with you. And although you cannot go outside, you still get great, slowly changing views from the windows.

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6 ways how preparing for long-term traveling differs from shorter trips


A view of the Kathmandu valley in August 2013.

I am currently making my final arrangements for a trip around the world. As I have already done many shorter trips in Europe and Asia, the planning phase is not completely new to me. Still, there are a few key differences between the preparations for long-term traveling and a trip of 1-2 months.

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