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The Power of Platinum

by phil July 26, 2014 Tips

The American Express Platinum Card is a great card for frequent travelers who are budget conscious. It provides cardholders with tremendous travel perks and benefits every year. You will earn one point per every dollar spent on the American Express Platinum Credit Card and two points for every dollar spent on travel through American Express […]

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Your guide to travelling from Heathrow Airport

by phil July 20, 2014 Tips

Let’s be real. Heathrow is a nightmare. We can take a moment to be charitable. It is, after all, one of the top 5 busiest airport in the world. They have a lot of planes to get in and out, and it could be much worse. Also, the floor to ceiling doors on the bathroom […]

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Is French West Africa Expensive as a Traveler?

by phil May 26, 2011 Tips
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Many of the countries in West Africa are former French colonies. The currency used in these countries is the FCFA (Franc Communauté Financière Africaine), more commonly known as the CFA (pronounced seefa). Tied to the Euro at a rate of roughly 640 CFA to 1 Euro, the CFA currency is often cited as the main […]

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How to Enjoy Possibly Unreasonable Trips on Public Transportation

by phil April 22, 2011 Tips
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Riding in a tro-tro is kind of like wearing a straight-jacket in a sweat lodge. As a twenty-five year-old, I regularly feel arthritic after a trip in one. Overflowing with perspiring bodies and sometimes animals – both live and dead – tro-tros are also home to otherworldly aromas. You may find that the person to […]

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A Few Ways to Make Money Freelance Writing and an Update on Cote d’Ivoire

by phil April 11, 2011 Tips
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Over on How to Draw Camels, 100% of profits are now going towards social enterprises in West Africa. Originally, it was 50%. I planned on using half the money to assist with travel expenses. But it wasn’t like I was raking in cash selling camel drawing ebooks, and now I am making enough money elsewhere. […]

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I Haven’t had a “Job” in 8 Months and That’s OK

by phil March 9, 2011 Tips
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The last day I worked a conventional job was sometime in late June 2010. It is now March 2011. I don’t have a lot of money. I traveled for six months last year and I recently bought a one way plane ticket back to West Africa. How is this possible? 1. I saved money for […]

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