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Robert Schrader is a writer, photographer and creator of Leave Your Daily Hell, a travel resource more than 20,000 travelers per month use to plan trips, get inspired and turn travel dreams into reality. When he isn't out traveling the world, he resides in beautiful Austin, TX.

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30 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Indonesia

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 6:05 PM

I owe a great debt to the people of Indonesia. Their kindness, coupled with the beauty, expanse and diversity of their country, has made the past month one of the best of my life. I was anxious prior to arriving in Indonesia four weeks ago, but my...

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Orangutans and the World's Coolest Treehouse

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 5:38 PM

There's only one thing cooler than hiking three hours into the jungles of Borneo and happening upon the treehouse of your childhood dreams. And that's hiking three more and happening upon a family of wild orangutans.

Of course, I'm exaggerating that last part a little. It took me nearly three...

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A Travel Blogger Takes the Unplugging Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:10 PM

As the editor of a popular travel blog, my livelihood quite literally depends on the being connected. Even when I'm not writing long-form blog entries, I'm Instagramming amazing sunsets, tweeting inspiring travel essays and communicating via email with advertisers, tourism boards and, most enjoyably,...

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7 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Teaching ESL

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 8:41 AM

Four years ago today I was walking, half-dead, through Shanghai's Pudong International airport, searching for a woman named "Apple," who was supposed to be holding a sign with my name on it. My name, and that of a certain private English education conglomerate: I'd arrived in China to

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Sighișoara, Romania

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 9:51 PM

Romania has been gaining buzz as a destination over the past several years, and not just because of the extremely clever ad campaign its tourism ministry recently ran in the UK.

Romania's affordability was the focus of this campaign, but the country's true draw for potential visitors is...

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Sri Lanka's Delightfully Disorganized Ancient Capital

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 5:31 PM

I was beyond exhausted when I arrived in the Sri Lankan city of Anuradhapura, so I'm not sure what possessed me to say "Yes" when my hotel's driver asked me if I wanted to tour the sacred portion of the city, a massive UNESCO world heritage site that...

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Where Your Cup of Tea Was Born

(3) Comments | Posted June 30, 2013 | 8:21 AM

I've made some of my favorite travel memories touring agricultural regions, from South Africa's Cape Winelands to Colombia's coffee triangle. So, when I touched down on the island formerly known as Ceylon last week, I felt almost obliged to include a visit to its namesake tea plantations in my travel...

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Is There a Third Travel Way?

(5) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 12:10 AM

I recently came across an article by writer Vanessa Vaselka, which lamented the lack of female road narratives in pop culture. Her thesis -- that travel tales told by women, but which...

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What Travel Has Taught Me About 'Reality'

(5) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 3:04 PM

"I'm moving to China next week," I explained to bank teller, when she asked me how I was doing. "So I'm feeling a bit nervous at the moment. And you?"

Rather than answering my question, the woman signaled to her colleague to come over her as she processed my deposit....

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Cape Town Is About Context And Contrasts (PHOTOS)

(9) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 7:00 AM

It would be difficult to counter the argument that Cape Town, South Africa is one of the most captivating cities in the world, from a visual standpoint first and foremost.

Strewn over the foothills of mountains that tower up to a kilometer over the Atlantic Ocean, which surrounds the...

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An Unexpected Journey To South Africa's Fantasy Kingdom (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 6:00 AM

The town of Hogsback, perched amid the Amatola mountains in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, has gained fame among locals, travelers and nerds for inspiring J.R.R. Tolkien to write works such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Unfortunately, this region's claim to fame is just as mythical...

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The Mysterious Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

(51) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Lesotho is completely encircled by South Africa, so making a visit to the fabled mountain kingdom was a big priority of mine when I knew I'd be nearby. The only question was how. Many options for visiting Lesotho exist, but several of them are logistically challenging.

I could've traveled...

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Wandering Along South Africa's Wild Coast (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 6:00 AM

South Africa's Wild Coast, which occupies much of the territory between the cities of Port Elizabeth and Durban, is part of the Transkei, a region of the country that was designed as a homeland for indigenous African tribes prior to the end of Apartheid.

Although the dawn of democracy...

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Complete Your Travel Bucket List In Six Months

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 6:30 AM

The concept of the "bucket list" has become ubiquitous in recent years. In no arena is this more true -- or, indeed, more applicable -- than travel. Our vast planet, with its hundreds of countries, billions of people and incredibly varied landscapes, is the ultimate bucket list.

I should know:...

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Letter To A Younger Traveler

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Dear Robert:

You busted your ass, beat the odds and silenced the haters -- you made it to India! You've just made a huge step in your life as a traveler and while there's a lot more work to be done, you deserve to savor and enjoy this moment.

I...

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7 Ways To Stay Pretty When You Travel

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 6:00 AM

I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm a pretty vain person. In fact, looking back on all my travel experiences, the ones I enjoyed least were the ones where I felt the least attractive, where I had (or perceived myself to have) any of the following: bad skin,...

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Is Thailand's Animal Tourism Industry Exploitative?

(10) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 6:00 AM

I love cats of all shapes and sizes, so when I learned that backpacker hub Chiang Mai was home to one of Thailand's infamous "tiger farms," I had basically but no choice to include it in my travel plans this past September.

There was just one thing that bothered...

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Bad Airline Service: When Is Enough Enough?

(9) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Like thousands of other loyal Continental elite flyers, I unwittingly became a United Airlines MileagePlus member at the beginning of this year, when the merger between the two carriers became official, and Continental ceased to exist.

And, as I would imagine has been the case for many other former...

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Travel And The Israel-Palestine Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 6:00 AM

When I came across news late last week that "rockets [had] landed in Tel Aviv," my heart sank. And my jaw dropped: I vividly remembered a conversation I'd had with my friend Lior the last time I visited Israel,...

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Can You Travel Too Much?

(6) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 10:29 AM

The first thing I saw after I cleared immigration in Houston the morning of April 24, 2011 was an advertisement for the now-defunct Continental Airlines. No one says 'I take too many vacations,' it read.

I laughed. Haggard, delirious and sunburned a bright, lobster red from

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