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Currently in: New York | Miles traveled: 450,000 miles | Countries Visited: 27

Monthly Archives / December 2012

why the world won’t end in 2012

Clearly this is the most popular topic of the month so far. Let me put a nail in the coffin of all believers who think that the world will end on December 21, 2012. Don’t get me wrong; the world WILL end someday but not Dec 21, 2012. My friend Petee was so worried about […]


Fears of the ignorant American: Toronto edition

By Pete Dombrosky I consider myself a pretty patriotic person, like many Americans do. So naturally, I consider the 4th of July one of my favorite holidays. Grilled meats, cold beer, explosions, warm weather, watermelon and did I mention the grilled meats? Throw in a parade, potato salad and some flag waving (with some Springsteen […]


7 reasons why you should visit home

I visit my parents at least once every two years and I always have a blast every single time I go back. For a lot of people who live pretty close to their families, this is not a big deal but if you live 12,000 miles away from home, it is. Let me give you […]


15 places to see before you die

Everyone wants to travel the world. So many places to see but so little time or money. I have scoured the internet/used my travel wisdom to find 15 breathtaking places in the world to see before you die. Beautiful mountains, blue water lakes, magnificent oceans with fabulous islands – our planet has many breathtaking places […]