Stories from India: Life at Palolem beach and the Taj


I just arrived in Melbourne, Australia after spending the last month and a half in India, and the last several months in Asia in general – mostly in more “rugged’ environments like Chiang Mai, Bali, and most recently Palolem beach in Goa. I have to say that I’m very glad to be back in civilization […]


Benny Goes to Oz

Outback Kangaroo Sign

Hey language hackers! Today I write to you from… Australia! This is a HUGE first for me, as I’ve been waiting to add this country to my list for years, and you all have been asking me for years why I’ve been neglecting this continent… Well, now I’m finally here! I’m thrilled to be here, […]


Here’s why other countries think you’re weird


One of the main reasons I travel so much is that I find it fascinating to see how different people are across different cultures. For new travellers, some of these differences can make people from other countries seem completely weird or just plain rude. Simple things you take for granted as being done in a […]


A Month Living in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia [Travel Update]


This past month, I have expanded the list of countries I’ve lived in by one (I’ll be doing it again early next year, more on that later!), and today I am happy to tell you all about my experience in Bali, Indonesia. I’d never been to Indonesia before, which looking back on, is hard to […]


8 Lessons Learned from Visiting Every Country in the World


One of the most popular posts on this blog is my 29 life lessons learned in travelling the world (for 8 years straight). I’ve personally been to a couple of dozen countries, but then there are people like my friend Chris Guillebeau. He has been to every single country on earth! I’ve met Chris on […]


The Unglamorous Side of Being a World Traveler


“I wish I could travel all the time – it seems like a dream come true!” I read something along these lines on Quora the other day, and all I could think while reading it is that while travel is one of the most worthwhile things I’ve done in my life, travelling ALL THE TIME is […]


An International guide to food and eating etiquette


As you all know, I like to delve into interesting cultural observations as I travel, as the local culture, and especially time with its people, is what travel is all about for me. Other than speaking with people (the general focus of this blog), there are so many ways to explore other cultures, one of […]


Valencia, Spain: My new home for the next language project!


Quick request: If you have a few seconds to spare for your favourite Irish polyglot, could you go here to sign up for a voting account (only takes a moment), and then click the thumbs up icon to vote for both THIS talk and THIS talk? I’ve applied every year to be a speaker at […]