When I planned my move to Sweden a few years ago, I tried to figure out how to get past the 90-day limit placed on tourist visas in the Schengen Area. This is a problem encountered by thousands of travelers every year and a question that regularly (especially this time of year) pops up in…… Continue reading Carlos Erik Malpica Flores: How to (Legally) Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days
What Caribbean island sits just 80 km off the coast of Venezuela, is part of the Netherlands, is world-renowned for diving, and consistently wins awards for sustainable tourism? Spoiler alert: it’s Bonaire! Bonaire is home to beautiful white sand beaches, famously friendly locals, and some of the most gorgeous nature reserves in the Caribbean. With…… Continue reading Carlos Erik Malpica Flores: Bonaire Travel Guide + Packing Tips
I met Matt and Kat in Ninh Binh in northern Vietnam. They were a British couple cycling across Southeast Asia for six months. Being the only people in our guesthouse, we spent a couple evenings eating, drinking beer, and talking. We became friends out of necessity, less for them because they had each other and…… Continue reading Carlos Erik Malpica Flores: Biking the Mekong Delta in Vietnam
Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in the world. I love its brick buildings, open skyline, rich history, and relaxed, easy going attitude towards life. Over the years, I’ve visited Amsterdam more times than I can count (I’m bad at math) and have spent countless hours walking the city, making friends with locals, and…… Continue reading Carlos Erik Malpica Flores: How to Spend 4 Days in Amsterdam
Fear. It’s what often keeps us from living our lives and achieving our dreams. And it is one of the most common reasons why people don’t travel. Whenever I talk to people about long-term travel, so many tell me they wish they could do what I do. They tell me all their travel dreams and…… Continue reading Carlos Erik Malpica Flores: How to Overcome Your Travel Fears
It’s hard to think of a better way to experience nature in Northern California than by camping. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, many of California’s campgrounds are designated free, and some even “dispersed”; meaning that you can camp anywhere on these parcels of land without a permit. We…… Continue reading Carlos Erik Malpica Flores: 10 Best Free Campgrounds in Northern California
Europe is not a monolithic place, and prices vary greatly depending on how far north, east, south or west your travel. Europe covers a huge area of the world with multiple visa zones and multiple currencies. For 20 euros, you can get a private room in Greece. For that same price in Paris, you may…… Continue reading Carlos Erik Malpica Flores: How Much Does it Cost to Travel Western Europe?