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Michael Hodson
Michael Hodson is an attorney that decided to close his practice at the end of 2008 and get serious about travel, one of the true passions of his life. He embarked on a circumnavigation of the globe on his birthday in December of 2008 with a slight twist -- no air travel whatsoever. Sixteen months, forty-four countries, and six continents later, he succeeded and made his way back home. He is now temporarily living in Colombia, working on his extremely poor Spanish skills and writing a book about his trip. He blogs at and you can find him on Twitter as @mobilelawyer.

Entries by Michael Hodson

Natural Beauty in East Africa

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 1:09 PM

East Africa is a land of amazement, and the combination of stunning scenery and several of the most majestic and fascinating animals on earth makes this area a mecca for nature lovers. Many of the visitors coming to the region do so for the opportunity to enjoy a safari and...

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Best Luxury Hotels in Peru

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 5:31 PM

As a tourist destination, Peru is a country that can offer visitors a wide variety of different attractions, ranging from its amazing cultural and historic heritage through to the natural wonders of the Amazon and its stunning beaches. It truly is a destination that has about anything you'd like to...

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Travel Blogs To Watch In 2013

(23) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 6:00 AM

At the end of the year, there is a tendency to look backwards -- the crushing beat of the "Best of 2012" articles, posts, television shows and more is upon us. And it frankly annoys the heck out of me every year.

With that in mind, I decided to...

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Bouncing Around The World

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 7:00 AM

As 2012 draws to a close, I am looking to make my plans for 2013 and the year is already looking very exciting. As those of you know that follow me along, I try to avoid winter as much as possible. One bonus to being on the road basically year-round...

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Offbeat Adventures Around The World

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Summer is about to come to a close (at least in North America), so for those that are just getting back from their big family vacations of the year and are ready to think about their next big adventure, I'm here to help. Sometimes making plans in your head is...

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The Train Adventure Of A Lifetime

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Last September, I, along with two of my travel blogging friends, Jeannie Mark of Nomadic Chick and Nora Dunn of The Professional Hobo, set out on a bit of a travel challenge.

Lisbon to Saigon in 30 days. All on trains, of course.

It was...

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Three Adventures For The (Relatively) Unadventurous

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2011 | 1:03 PM

Recently, I have had my mind turn to travel spots that can handle my desire for a bit of adventure. Don't get the impression that I'm always hankering for danger: There are plenty of times that I just want to go to a mellow spot and drink some good wine...

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Three (Roman) Reasons to Head to the Middle East

(3) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 9:25 AM

The last six or so months of news out of the Middle East has unfortunately scared tourists away from this amazing part of the world, where they would have learned the other side of the grim story you see in the media.

From March to June, I traveled through Lebanon,...

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The Ultimate Train Challenge: Ready, Set, Train!

(10) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 10:30 AM

Perhaps the single travel plan in all of 2011 that I am most excited about is the Ultimate Train Challenge that I will be participating in this September. It is going to be a chance to combine a lot of my personal highlights: lots of train travel, meeting...

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Mongolian Hip-Hop In Ulan Bator (VIDEO)

(12) Comments | Posted March 13, 2011 | 10:45 AM

As I was making my way around-the-world trip in 2009-10 without getting on a single airplane, I chewed up thousands of miles on the Trans-Mongolian train from Moscow to Beijing. Luckily, I stopped for a couple days in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia.

It was September and...

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Top Travel Blogs to Discover

(27) Comments | Posted February 6, 2011 | 9:52 PM

I was reading Johnny Jet's post last week on 10 great travel resources to follow on Twitter and thought that some readers might also want to check out some of the really good travel bloggers out there.

Not too long ago, I started an interview series on...

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It's Time for Colombia

(46) Comments | Posted December 29, 2010 | 6:12 PM

In February of 2009, I made my first visit to Colombia, near the beginning of my overland RTW adventure. This September, I went back for a couple months to see some parts of the country I didn't see last time through.

The difference in tourism could not have...

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What to do About Begging (and Your Conscience)

(12) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 9:55 AM

Any sort of third world travel means that you are going to have to decide what you want to do about begging -- and the related issue of children attempting to sell you little trinkets and such. From the heart wrenching to the highly annoying, begging is unavoidable when you...

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13 Reasons Everyone Should Travel (PHOTOS)

(51) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 12:02 PM

On my forty-first birthday in late 2008, I left Fayetteville, Arkansas on a quest to make it around the world in a year without making any reservations or taking a single airplane. Sixteen months, forty-four countries, and six continents later I succeeded, and though I was forced to violate the...

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