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Minimalist Travel & Photography in Latin America & Beyond

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Details and photos from my experience travelling solo for multiple years with only a carry-on bag.

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Learning Spanish? Read about my experiences learning Spanish all over Latin America.

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My thoughts on how to travel as light as possible for an extended period of time and the quality travel products that help me accomplish this.

How ya going? I'm Mike Jae from Canada. I've ventured forth on planes, trains, buses, ferries, boats, and in the back of pickup trucks around the world for 3 years. Over my voyages I've tried the local beer in over 30 countries, learned to say cheers in 13 languages, been robbed 4 times (including having everything I own stolen), spent 3 months in Spanish schools all over Latin America, ate a lot of strange delicious food, climbed a few volcanoes, seriously upped my surfing abilities, met a few thousand people and well, there's more.

I created this blog to share my knowledge and experience to help you discover interesting new destinations. I also want to explain the benefits of minimal travel because less stuff you have with you, the freer you will be. Furthermore, I want to share what it takes to pick up the Spanish language from somebody who started at 28 years old knowing nothing. Learning golf is probably easier.