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How to Travel for Free with Home Exchange

TV show guest: “Back in my day, we didn’t have video games. The only toys we had were chalk that we used to draw on a sidewalk” Eric (*incredulous*): “You had chalk?” Me (*even more incredulous*): “You had a SIDEWALK?” I never expected to find my country bumpkin doppelganger in Miami, but that’s exactly what happened when I met my Airbnb host several years ago. A flight attendant who grew up in southern Kentucky, Eric had a surprisingly similar childhood to mine, despite being born on the opposite side of the world. We spent many nights, laughing, drinking, and chatting […]

How To Avoid Investment Scams

Back in 2015, while travelling, we went to the Canadian Consulate in Chiang Mai, Thailand to request some tax documents for our first book. There, we met another Canadian, who was trying to convince the Canadian consulate to fly him home for free because he’d run out of money. Let’s call him “Nick”. Nick, as it turns out, was in a dire situation because after selling a multi-million dollar company, he’d bet hard on a second start-up, which was hemorrhaging money and was in Thailand with his Thai wife, hiding from his creditors. He started chatting us up, saying how […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Please Don’t Go to the Azores Part 2

Continuing where we left off last time, here are the other things about the Azores I desperately don’t want to tell you about but my stupid conscience forces me to. Hikes Miradouro in Portuguese means “view point” and boy are there a ton of picturesque Miradouros in Sao Miguel. Miradouro da Boca do Inferno Of all the hikes we did in Sao Miguel, this one is my favourite. It also has the quintessential Azores view. If you’re driving or taking the taxi, there’s a parking lot right across the street from the “Miradouro da Lagoa do Canario.” Park and simply […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Please Don’t Go to the Azores

After 2 years of having our wings clipped, we’re finally freeeeeeeee! Before the pandemic, our passports were our most prized possessions. We never went anywhere without them, constantly worried about losing them, and every now and then took them out of their protective travel cases and flipped through their pages lovingly, admiring all the visa stamps. In the past 2 years, they’ve been sadly gathering dust in a drawer, neglected, and forgotten. I didn’t think they’d ever see the light of day again. In fact, after we bought our plane tickets recently, I nearly tore apart my Toronto rental apartment […]

Making Work From Home Permanent

Before the pandemic, hustling was seen as a badge of honour. People went to cubical farms, put in long hours, swore, and got stuck in traffic during their commutes, rushed through family dinners, woke groggily to a 6am alarm, only to repeat the entire cycle again. But then the pandemic happened, putting the pause button on everybody’s crazy hectic lives. Working from home was suddenly mainstream, not just for weirdo digital nomad types. Employees finally had more autonomy and time to themselves without their dreaded commute. Priorities shifted, and employees started picking their family, health, or free time over a […]

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