Kid in Ecuador

Here's a child I met in Ecuador. Meeting different types of people is one of my favorite reasons to travel.

Hi, my name is David. I’m a 22-year-old male and I have the travel bug. I don’t know what it is about traveling, but I can’t stop. Within the past year, I’ve been to 5 of the 6 continents, about 30 different countries, and a fair number more cities. What started as a semester abroad has quickly spiraled into an obsession: Ecuador, Turkey, Austria, Spain, Costa Rica, France; I’ve been to more places than I could have dreamed of. However, all of this traveling is recent; two years ago the only times I left the lower 48 was for a family vacation to Aruba and a quick weekend getaway to Puerto Rico. So, if I can start traveling–a sheltered, poor college student–so can you. Here’s some advice on traveling cheaply yet enjoyably from someone who’s recently been to where you want to go.

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Mailing boxes and envelopes

Some of the free mailing materials I've received over the past few months.

This is a trick I learned a few years ago when selling products on eBay and mailing things to friends through the United States Postal Service. Using a hidden, but completely legal and safe trick, you can have up to 500 Flat rate USPS Priority Mail boxes (in about 15 different sizes), Priority Mail envelopes, and Express Mail envelopes and boxes mailed to you completely free of charge in 2-3 business days. As a result, you can walk into the Post Office, pay postage, and leave much quicker than you ever did before.

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Although many people don't use them, extensions are a great way to amp up your WordPress blog.

If you’re like most people, you don’t like tinkering with things. You buy a router, plug it in, and start using it. No configuration, no third party firmware: you just want it to work. However, because you’re reading a blog on life hacking/productivity, you’re not like most people! You’re willing to put the work and effort in to become a better person. Therefore, when you install WordPress, you’re going to want to optimize the crap out of it. With thousands upon thousands of extensions, WordPress allows you to do that. There are picture gallery extensions, spam protection extensions, and database backup extensions. In essence, there’s an extension for everything. In fact, running a WordPress blog without extensions is like buying a TV, just plugging it in, and watching, completely negating the opportunity to look through the menus for little things that could improve the picture. Here, then, are a few extensions to make WordPress run better, faster, and stronger.

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