Travel for Dummies

7 years ago when I was traveling through Europe, I remember showing up to a random town in Italy, stepping off the train and thinking, “Well, time to go knock on some doors and see if I can find a place to sleep.”

These days, I book my airbnb as soon as I’m done buying a plane ticket to a new country. When I arrived in Bali, my airbnb host arranged a taxi pickup at the Denpasar airport. Now that I’m here, I call an Uber whenever I need a ride. I use the “go-jek” app on my iPhone to order delivery from any restaurant in town. I have three different mobile banking apps that allow me to constantly check on my funds, set travel notices, and transfer money between accounts. I know the currency rate before I go, and thanks to Facebook groups, I already know exactly how and where to exchange cash. The world has never been smaller or better connected.

World Travelers used to have to be super savvy. World Travelers used to wear fanny packs and Crocodile Dundee hats, and they had to keep all of their cash squirreled away in secret money belts.

A smart phone is all you need now. Somebody has already written a blog, posted a video, and documented the exact kind of trip that you want to take.

The way I see it, the internet has taken the initial shock out of travel. Showing up, finding a place to stay, getting local currency – these are the principal pains-in-the-ass that the internet has improved for all of us.

But the magical gems are still out there, buried in the desert. Because once you plop down in a new part of the world, then you start to meet people. And those people plug you into the culture – which is what you still can’t get online – the local markets, the smells, the sun, the smiles. Now the gate opens and the journey jumps off.


Language is Changing: Wednesday, April 15th

Writing isn’t dead. Literature isn’t dead. The up and coming generations aren’t doomed.

The world is changing just like normal. Just like it always has. If you bet on change, you’ll never be wrong.

I personally love that social media and technology are allowing people to write more like they speak.

But the nose-tweakers scoff and say, “Kids these days don’t know how to write! They don’t know proper grammar!”

I say, do you really give a shit if someone mixes up a “they’re”/”their”/”there” every once in a while? What if our kids don’t learn to write cursive letters – are we all doomed?

With the internet and social media, writing is more important than ever. We’re all writing something every single day, whether it’s a text or an email, a few symbols or a few paragraphs. Going forward, the world needs writers. We need salesmen that don’t sound like auctioneers. We need copywriters that don’t sound like robots. We need Bukowski instead of Lord Byron. Why? Because authenticity is the new currency. This new generation can smell bullshit a mile away.