Motivational Tips

Riding a bicycle in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Last Winter I decided to challenge myself by partaking in a 100 day weight-loss and fitness regimen.  I had promised to follow up with a progress report and well…complete failure in that regard.  In a nutshell, my attempt to melt a few layers of fat off of my ‘blogger bell’y and push myself away from […]


Nomadic Samuel pondering

When I think back to my first long-term backpacking trip I took across South East Asia I can’t help but smile. Travel back then was far simpler than it is now. Armed with my trusty backpack I set off to explore a sizable chunk of SE Asia. With nothing but pleasure on my mind, I […]


Not too long ago when I was healthy and fit

In many ways this is the best time of my life. I’ve been diligent about saving and being frugal and consequently I’ve never been in better shape financially. I’m thrilled that many of my travel related projects including this travel blog, Smiling Faces Travel Photos, Backpacking Travel Blog, my youtube travel channel and my vimeo […]


Nomadic Samuel travel blogging on top of Machu Picchu

When I first started my travel blog just over a year ago I knew that it was going to be successful.  It had to be.  Failure was never an option. A lot of people start travel blogging wondering ‘how’ they will be able to compete with some of the other top travel blogs who are […]


Let’s face it, sex is part of travel. Whether it’s busy parents, trying to forget soiled nappies and trying to rekindle that lost passion, or travelers seeking adventure and new kicks, or even backpackers searching for a thrill they can tell their mates about, it is part and parcel of the experience of being abroad. […]


Japanese Eco Marathoner and Nomadic Samuel

  It´s not at all rare to encounter individuals embarking upon an incredible journey;  however, to truly meet somebody doing something ´exceptional´ isn’t an everyday occurrence.  Recently, I was privileged enough to meet Nishe Hajime from Japan.  If it wasn´t impressive enough that he’s set foot in over 100 countries, it really was perplexing to hear that […]


Nomadic Samuel taking photos of Machu Picchu, Peru.

Korea has been many things to me over the years. It’s the first ‘real’ destination I’ve visited abroad: (I don’t consider my trips to the US as a child and teenager as international travel although it technically is). It’s been the country where I’ve ‘Partied like it’s 1999’: the classic song from Prince. It’s also […]


Traveling Ted smiling faces travel photo

There is a scene in the movie Babel when the Brad Pitt character finally is able to secure a helicopter to airlift his injured wife to safety. His wife in the movie was accidentally shot on a bus by some children playing with a gun on a lonesome stretch of highway in Morocco. Before getting […]


Excuses not to travel - too old, not enough money and/or career ruin.

Imagine yourself standing on the peak of an awe inspiring mist awning mountain with nothing more than nature´s glory sprawling out at you in every direction.  If that doesn´t tickle your fancy, how about visiting that sacred temple that you thought was only accessible through the sticky pages of National Geographic Explorer?  It doesn´t take a lot […]


One of the greatest joys of travel are the people you meet along the way. Often lifetime friendships are forged while experiencing something unique overseas – it’s a special bond. Several months ago when I decided to create my own blog I started researching travel blogs. Upon further examination, I was completely flabbergasted by the […]