HoliDaze Archive

things you do not know

You Know You Are In Bolivia When…

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Bolivia is a thought-provoking and unique country, with friendly locals who will not hesitate to share a smile with you despite the daily hardships they endure in the poorest country in South America. Hardships that we cannot even begin to imagine without visiting. You know you are in Bolivia when traveling the country is not … Read More

Strange Customs Regulations Around The World

Strange customs regulations at airports around the world

As anyone who has traveled internationally will tell you, it is a learning experience like no other. Our planet is the world’s greatest classroom, home to an endless variety of cultures, each with their own unique food, languages, customs and beliefs. However occasionally it is not the local sights that make you stop and wonder, … Read More

What Noise Do Dogs Make Around The World?

Dogs around the world make different noises

“What the hell is that? Is that a dog?!” I asked incredulously. Turns out it was. Apparently the dogs in this country make different noises than the traditional “bark bark” I grew up hearing. The more countries I traveled, the more I realized that dogs around the world make different noises in different countries. It … Read More

10 Things You Don’t Know About Sri Lanka

10 things you don't know about Sri Lanka

One of the best things about visiting a new country is learning new things. No matter how much research you do or how many people you ask, there are always things about the country that surprise or even bewilder you.   Here’s a quick gift for all you Pinners 😉 Last November I had the … Read More

Why Most Tourists Never Return To Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Many people love Vietnam. Many others, particularly long-term travelers, don’t care for it and feel that one trip was more than enough. After all no matter how much or how little you travel, there is always that one place you like the least. Some countries just rub you the wrong way, for whatever arcane reason. … Read More

Nusa Penida: Bali’s Hidden Paradise (Shhhh!)

The HoliDaze Guide to Nusa Penida: Bali's Hidden Paradise

This island has long been overlooked by tourists, much to the pleasure of the locals. In fact originally I was not even going to write about it. However my blog is not near as popular as some of the others out there and I highly doubt that this post will result in a flood of … Read More

The Great Shakespeare Museum Confusion: Knowing Less After Visiting

Shakespeare Museum

Just as Shakespeare has confounded high school students for generations, it seems the playwright has been doing the same to historians for even longer. Recently, new research found that as well as hoarding grain during food shortages, the Bard was also threatened with jail for tax evasion. Given my thirst for knowledge, this meant a … Read More

How Long-Term Travel Changes People Forever

Yunnan Ethnic Village in China

Last week I celebrated my ten year nomadiversary of quitting my job to travel the world. Ten years of long-term travel have taught me more than I learned in the 24 years prior to that. The knowledge gained, unforgettable experiences, and amazing people I’ve encountered over the years have changed my life forever, in ways … Read More

Indonesia Travel Advice: What To Know Before You Go

Cloudy morning sunrise over Borobudur Temple in Indonesia, a world famous UNESCO site

Indonesia is a vast and diverse archipelago that continues to impress and surprise longtime expats and even locals. To think that because you’ve seen Jakarta and done Bali then you “know” Indonesia is to be sorely mistaken. There are 17,508 islands here! How can I even summarize that much information and Indonesia travel advice in … Read More

*NEW* Version Of My Siak Tourism Film + Amazing Race Video

My Siak Tourism Film

I grew up acting then gave it all up for a career in a cubicle. Fun stuff, right? NOT! After five years of the Office Space-lifestyle I had a midlife crisis at 24. That is why I started traveling and what has led me to where I am today. Those of you that follow my … Read More