Category Archives: How to

April 24, 2012
5 Tips to Avoid Being Robbed– also posted in Ecuador, Travel Guide, Uncategorized

It may be an understatement, but for those of you whom it has not happened to-being robbed is no fun.

April 16, 2010
Machu Picchu on Your Own– also posted in Machu Picchu, Peru, Travel Guide, Uncategorized

Machu Picchu is on many people’s list of places to go while in South America-and it should be. It’s an absolutely stunning site with an immense amount of ancient history. Doing Machu Picchu on your own adds autonomy and excitement to your trip without relying on a tour or guide that may be incompetent.

July 2, 2008
8 Tips for a Comfortable Lightweight Pack– also posted in Gear

Traveling lightly is my preferred way to go. I have found that if you can accept re-wearing some of your clothes and are comfortable hand washing your clothes in a bathroom sink, then a lightweight backpack is perfect. It is great to fly without checking baggage and to get on or off a bus without [...]

May 13, 2008
Marcas (Brands) of Yerba Mate: Canarias– also posted in Food, Reviews

Canarias is a strong brand of Yerba Mate. It only comes sin palo (without stems). This is currently my favorite brand yerba mate. As far as I know Canarias is an Uruguayan brand, but some of my bags have also been stamped “Producto de Brazil”.¬† If some one knows the answer to this dilemma, let [...]

May 8, 2008
Lightweight alcohol pack stove– also posted in Gear

Homemade alcohol pack stoves have become a common place in the light and ultralight weight backpacking scene. They are simple, cheap, light weight, and effective. They also happen to be very easy to improvise if yours gets broken or lost. There are entire pages dedicated to different stove designs. Some are self pressurizing stoves fashioned [...]