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Self-Portrait in Lisbon, Portugal // ©TakWind

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If you’d like to learn about, or escape into, some magical place somewhere in the world, then perhaps you have found something to hold your attention for a minute or two. If you don’t like dreaming about distant lands, or reading about such places, you best punch a ticket outbound and save your time, because time is the most valuable thing going.

Refrigerators are a space where people collect magnets. TripHash is a space where Tak collects information. This information is usually not purchased in gift shops, but arises while researching places to visit or in random conversations with creative models from Siberia or hard-working chefs from Morocco or by wandering around on foot during a time of year when everyone told Tak not to go.

He used to keep all this information crumpled up in random slips of paper, luggage pockets, magazine piles, old wooden drawers, scattered files across various computers and so forth. Thus, most of it would disappear when cleaning up or when the fickle memory cells were reprogrammed with something more pressing. However, this has changed a bit because now when he reads or learns something random, he logs it here. Thus, TripHash is Tak’s personal notebook in the public domain. It is designed to help him while traveling and perhaps it might assist (or entertain) you.

It is a two headed monster comprised of travel tips and notes and the travel stories, which most might call a blog.

TripHash travel guides are high-level curated banks of travel information on places to help me select where to focus/travel. Due to the sheer amounts of data, the primary focus right now is figuring out when the best time to travel to each country is. The blog is a sloppy bank robbery gone right—a story based on truth told from your point of view. What that has to do with a sloppy bank robbery we have no idea…

I am constantly researching places to go – and many of those places I don’t go because there just isn’t enough time to do everything on earth. In any case, while I come across information, I will do my best to populate TripHash. Furthermore, I have enabled comments on these posts. If you have a question or suggestion or comment—shoot it along.

Do note, the site can’t be all things to all people. In utopia, TripHash would be, but, in reality, figuring out things for every circumstance (e.g. what visa a Saudi Arabian needs to visit Mozambique, et. al.) would clutter the site (although, for something like this, if you ask in the comments I do my best to find it). That said, I do my best to point to resources that you can use to research your case but understand that the site’s point of view isn’t born out of ignorance but rather, time constraints and thoughtful design choices. Afterall, it is just my public travel notepad (which therefore means if I become a Saudi Arabian citizen someday and need entry to Mozambique then you might be in luck).

About the Resident Dictator

I like to use ampersands & em-dashes (—), although I wonder why keyboards don’t have them (if you use a Mac, you are more in luck. If you use Windows, you need to apply a simple hack for the best efficiency). And while on the topic of the ampersand, you can check out a wonderfully reviewed and very underground music album by the Mendocrats entitled Ampersand.

The least likely places to find me: large tour groups, posing for photos in front of monuments, casting shadows on a guidebook or eating in restaurants located at the intersections of the two most-popular highest-rent tourist streets in any given place.

This is not a “backpacker’s” blog. You don’t come here to learn about some trip centered around $9 Ryanair tickets, 12-person dorm rooms and getting loaded in the town square. This is not a corporate shill blog. You won’t get hammered with a bunch of secret-ninja-ads being peddled by a friendly face or nefarious “travel credit cards” that pay off the schleppers at your expense. If I find something that I think is cool or interesting or a good value and find it worthwhile to post, I will. If I find something that is terrible, boring or not a good value and find it worthwhile to post, I will. Hostels have their purpose, and I have slept in them (and will continue if the need arises). Hotels have their purpose, and I have slept in them (and will continue if the need arises). Apartments, couches, airplane seats and park benches have their purpose, and I have slept in them (and will continue if the need arises). If an airplane sucks, I will tell you. If a hotel is great, I will tell you. If I am receiving something for free in a review, I will tell you. I am not for sale. If I were, I’d be busy climbing corporate ladders with fluff talk and not taking less lucrative, less comfortable roads. Anyways…

The best part of traveling is finding the amazing differences around the world. I want to be able to buy or eat or experience something in a foreign place and not be able to get it in New York. I want to be able to learn something different, experience something new and expand my world view. But at the end of it all, what makes life great is the unique interactions with people and their passions, and that, is motivation enough.

And with all that said, if you can use this site to travel smarter; or can’t travel, but can use this site to feel like you are; or can just share something that helps someone else—then every second of work is worthwhile. I am glad you can be along for the trip.

Lastly, TripHash is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to If I find a product that I like, I may link to Amazon. If you buy through my link, you are helping contribute to keeping this informational trove moving forward—and for that I thank you greatly! If you don’t want to buy from Amazon, that is cool too. It is always good to keep the small, local businesses running! I actually prefer this method as Amazon seems a bit on a giant, albeit efficient & effective, ogre. But if you are going to purchase from them anyways, might as well strip them of some of their profit. Right?

Anyways, thanks for reading & visiting!

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  • Anders says:

    Finally! A travel blog with content, not just another travel blog. I find the stuff you post to be simple, high value, and yet, so hard to find elsewhere. To add to that – your posts are smart, well written and fun to read. I cannot thank you enough for the tips you have shared, which has saved me much time (and also some money). I look forward to read about your upcoming travels and trip experiences. Thanks for sharing!

  • Don Barese says:

    Hi TAK,
    Thinking of Costa Rica

    Could you share your thoughts and ideas?

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