Author: Chris Dame

  • Traveling with friends without killing each other

    Traveling with friends without killing each other

    Traveling with friends is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences in life. Finding adventures, creating stories you will tell for years, and deepening bonds with people who are important to you. It’s also one of the most trying experiences you can go through, and quickly shows you the true colors of your friends […]

  • Travel is not a means of escape

    Travel is not a means of escape

    While traveling around the world, it wasn’t uncommon to hear people casually refer to what I was doing as some sort of “life crisis”, running away from a boring life back home to “find myself”, whatever that means. Just as frequently, I would hear people say they wished they could “just go and travel” in […]

  • Write Endlessly In Metal

    Write Endlessly In Metal

    One of the biggest annoyances about constantly being on the go is never having a pen. You go through most of your life not needing one, then suddenly you need one right now, and it’s a deserted wasteland of penlessness for miles around. Sure, you could carry a pen in your pocket, but that only […]

  • Barreling Over Life’s Speed Bumps

    Barreling Over Life’s Speed Bumps

    A few days ago, someone asked me about making new friends while traveling. Specifically: How do I get people to talk to me without going up to say “Hi, my name is…”? The answer, naturally, was that they were asking the wrong question. Every day, people walk around with emotional speed bumps around them. Staring […]

  • Never run out of battery again

    Never run out of battery again

    Finally boarding that 11-hour flight after running around trying to get to the airport in time without forgetting anything is a moment of pure peaceful zen. All the stress and bureaucracy you’ve been fighting through to get to your seat on the airplane, your own personal space to relax, is finished, and you can dive […]

  • How to get free phone calls, text, and data anywhere in the world

    How to get free phone calls, text, and data anywhere in the world

    Trying to set up a phone in a new country can be a huge hassle. Taking the time to figure out what the options are in a new country, which ones work with your phone, and how expensive they are can take a lot of work. In some countries, like Japan, you can’t even get […]

  • The Zen of Hectic Airports

    The Zen of Hectic Airports

    I have become an efficiency master when it comes to airports. I can figure out exactly how long it will take to get to any airport in the world by way of any mass transit and still have just enough time to joke with the TSA agents on the way through security. However, I don’t […]

  • The best bank for travelers

    The best bank for travelers

    The best way to save tons of money on the road is by automating it. If you never have to think about it or make a decision in the middle of the chaos that adventure brings, you spend much less. One of the best ways to do exactly this so you can start saving now […]

  • The secret weapon for comfortable flights

    The secret weapon for comfortable flights

    Of all the secret travel gadgets in my arsenal, this little guy is one of my favorites. It’s tiny, cheap, and constantly useful during international travel. It has a permanent fixture in my travel jacket, and has made more international flights fun that I could even count.   Staying entertained Flights are perfect for catching […]

  • 3 simple ways to never run out of power

    3 simple ways to never run out of power

    We live in the future. Electronic gadgets let us slide right through the slow parts of life, and that goes triple for travel. Cameras, computers, phones, trimmers… they can add up quickly, and they each have their own charger taking up space in your bag, making you seem like a threat to the TSA.   […]