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Adam Pervez gave up his six-figure, comfortable corporate life in renewable energy to take the path less traveled. After discovering his passions, designing a new life, and assuring himself that he isn't crazy. he took the plunge into what he calls "The Happy Nomad Tour."

He is volunteering his way around the world with the goal of leaving each place better than he found it. He discovers locations via their people instead of their monuments. He is as happy as can be, and hasn't looked back once since "retiring" at 29. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Entries by Adam Pervez

Marcos: The Father of the Mountain

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:01 PM

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Photo Courtesy of Mark Kaseman

I met Marcos in January 2012 in Medellin, Colombia. A friend told me there was an old American guy doing amazing work in the mountains around Medellin. Always on the hunt for great places to volunteer...

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7 Ways to Give Back While You Travel

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Traveling is one of life's biggest privileges. Adventures and experiences of a lifetime are ripe for the picking on all seven continents. Having just completed my own 2.5 year adventure across five of those continents, people often ask me how they can give back while they travel...

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A Transformational Tanzanian Safari (Photos)

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 12:49 PM

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There are many reasons why safaris are such an amazing experience. I just completed a safari in Northern Tanzania and met couples on their honeymoon, families exploring scenes only accessible previously on the Discovery Channel and friends on a mission to create...

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5 Nairobi Gems Overlooked by Tourists

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 8:38 AM

Nairobi is a well-trafficked tourist destination, but few tourists stick around before or after their safaris. While the bush offers incredible experiences, seeing wildlife in their natural habitat, and visits with the Masai give an insight into what tribal life once was, these unique experiences are waiting for you in...

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10 Reasons Why Jordan Is So Much More Than Petra

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 8:55 PM

Jordan -- it's a country we've all heard of. Maybe you've seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as he travels on horse to reveal Petra's Treasury carved out of its rock surroundings. In some ways this was Petra's unveiling to the world, and perhaps Jordan's unveiling as a tourist...

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Living the Cappadocia Experience up Close and From Afar

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Imagine a place that is so naturally beautiful and full of history you will feel awestruck from sunup to sundown. Add to that some hot air balloons and the ability to live inside the cave formations that make this place so special and you have Cappadocia.

Locals say that Cappadocia...

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Kosice, Slovakia

(5) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Kosice is a fascinating crossroads of modern and historical Europe. It was recognized in 2013 as the European Capital of Culture. Below are 10 things you probably didn't now about this beautiful city.


  1. The Kosice Peace Marathon is Europe's oldest marathon, and the second oldest...

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Protecting Your Goods While Traveling

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 2:51 PM

We've all heard the horror stories from friends and fellow travelers you meet on the road. Some involve falling asleep and the waking up with missing gear. Others involve being held up at gunpoint. Sometimes it's just a good, old-fashioned pickpocket.

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How I Overcame Depression and Became the Happy Nomad

(5) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 10:48 AM

I have a confession to make. I get depressed sometimes.

It's not a huge admission. I think everyone gets a bit depressed sometimes. Though I have dealt with depression in the past, it largely plays no role in my life now. Part of taking the plunge was really getting to...

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To Be Happy or Beautiful, That Is the Question

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 6:47 PM

This post first appeared on HappinessPlunge.

As I travel I get to see far off places that stick to local customs that may be thousands of years old. Other places are more "modern" and globalized, adopting more Western customs in their lives. Either way, the concept of beauty...

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Meditating With Snakes and Corpses: A Week At A Rural Thai Buddhist Temple

(5) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 10:38 AM

It was a feeling just below my navel I've never experienced before, a feeling so intense I felt like I'd lost control. I just lay on the ground writhing around not in pain, but in consciousness. In my first day of meditation I had awakened a part of me I...

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You Can Be Constipated on LinkedIn but Not Happy

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 9:46 AM

LinkedIn is one of the most visited websites in the world. It is the social network of choice for business professionals.

A Skills & Expertise section was recently added and I was prompted to add some to my profile. I searched for skills from my previous life as an...

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Calling for Reform in the Financial Times' MBA Program Rankings

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Late last year the Financial Times contacted me to complete their annual MBA survey, which just came out at the end of January. The self-reported alumni data constitute a large percentage of a school's overall score. I couldn't submit my salary data though. I feared my answers would harm my...

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Amritsar's Golden Temple Welcomes Tourists

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Going off the beaten track can be intimidating and frustrating. But what if I told you there was a magical place in India with a one-of-a-kind attraction that not only houses you for free, but feeds you for free as well?

Welcome to The Golden Temple.

The Golden Temple, or...

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30 Things Traveling Has Taught Me About Life as I Turn 30

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 2:21 AM

Having had the opportunity to visit 65 countries in the past eight years, I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel so much. The people in each place have taught me so much about love, happiness, generosity and life.

As I turned 30 this...

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Building Rural Libraries Close to Heaven

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 9:28 AM

How do you bring the world to a remote Andean village? More than the world, how do you give kids in your birth village access to knowledge beyond the school curriculum and local folklore?

For Consuelo Pasco it's a question that plagued her all her life. She grew up...

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Denmark's Rules Go Too Far

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 5:30 AM

Living in Denmark was like living in an alternate reality. I moved there in early 2010 with hopes of working in renewable energy and the dream of living in such a progressive country. Denmark may be small, but it's a heavyweight in the wind-power industry.

Many would say living in...

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Voluntourism In Laos And Saying Thank You With Flowers

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 6:00 AM

I started the day by heading to Didi's home in Vientiane, the Laotian capital. Didi means big sister in Hindi and this Didi was a sister of Ananda Marga, a global spiritual and social service organization.

She and her colleagues were in Laos to operate the Sunshine School, a K-12...

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Meet Anh, Superheroine Stitching Together a Better Society

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 4:27 PM

Da Nang is not very touristy. It has China Beach, setting for the early 1990s TV show by the same name, and it's a great place to venture into the Marble Mountains. Otherwise, tourists usually opt for nearby Hoi An and Hue, both recognized by UNESCO for cultural heritage.

I...

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How to Help Kids With Cancer From Your Couch

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 1:56 PM

Who doesn't want to make the life of a child with cancer a bit better? And even then, by doing something that requires almost no effort and saves you money.

It took a family tragedy to figure this out. While traveling in Venezuela as part of The Happy...

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