- $7,035.57 = How much it costs to travel around the world through nine countries over five and a half months
- Revisited: How to pack for an independent traveler with no set return date
- A glimpse in the thoughts of Bolod Namkhai Mukhadi
- Beijing to Ulaanbataar Mongolia: The nitty gritty of independent travel
- How to get Chinese and Russian visas as a United States citizen: My experience
- Writing assignment: "Inside The Candelaria Festival of Puno, Peru"
- Marathon hitchhiking: Southern Mexico to Michigan in 7 days over 3,400 mi
- Mango Surprise: Being the victim of a random, delicious act of kindness
- Legendary Vagabonder Rolf Potts with priceless advice on travel
- Fire juggler in San Pedro de la Laguna, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
- Romania: WWOOFing in Transylvania and back to the US
- Bulgaria: Nice cities, tipped off about an isolated beach, and getting perspective from a prostitute's cigarette burns
- Istanbul, and a few tips on curing impotency from the Hittites
- Giant carved heads, incredible valleys, camping on the Mediterranean, and a heavy dose of Roman ruins
- Lessons from a Kurdish-Swede rapper about Kurdistan, and finally getting my hands on an AK-47
Who's site is this, anyways?
Written by Tyler Cole | 28 December 2009
Why do I have a site about traveling? Well, I wanted to share useful tips and knowledge that I have gathered while traveling as well as my experiences. Why do I like traveling? I think Pico Iyer says it best:
The person susceptible to 'wanderlust' is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.
After finishing undergrad at the University of Michigan, I hit the road for a long term trip on my own terms. Although I'd dipped my feet in independent travel, that months-long trip without set obligations had evaded me.
With a one-way ticket Jan 2010 to Peru—a country I previously visited and to which I became a bit enamored—I stayed in the southern altiplano (plateau) region for a while before heading north. Over the next four and a half months, I made my way north by bus, boat, hitchhiking and whatever means of transport was possible and was within my budget. I eventually returned to Michigan after going through Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Central America, and hitchhiking from Southern Mexico back home. You can find the details of the hitching trip through Mexico and the US here.
Starting in the Winter of 2011, I'm undertook a new trip that began in Shanghai and took me through China, Mongolia, Siberian Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania. As of mid 2011, I'm locked down in medical school at Stanford, but being out in the Bay Area is just as good as traveling. I'm trying to take advantage of what Stanford's known for and dabble around in informatics and how it applies in medicine.
If personal details tickle your fancy, I was born in Atlanta and raised outside the metro Detroit area. I graduated with a degree in microbiology and worked a few jobs in college for extra money to fund my trips, including temp hospital employment, teaching, and doing research. When people ask about research I've done, I typically respond that it will lull them into sleep, but digitally I can point you here and then you can actually fall asleep.
Oh right, and my name is Tyler Cole. That's about all I am going to share now, so if you really want to know more I'm sure you can cuddle up with Google and find my blood type, GPA, sperm count, and social security number in a few minutes.
If you're curious about how I pack, you can check out my post How to pack for a trip with no set return date.