Ask Expert Zulfiqar Rashid Exactly How Organized Child Beggary Works And What Travelers Can Do To Prevent It

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Culture, Discussion, Money, Security

zulfiqar rashidDuring our travels many of us have been confronted by young children begging for money, knowing on some basic level the cash they receive doesn’t stay in their pockets. Most travelers don’t contribute for this reason, despite wanting to help kids who are clearly living in extreme poverty. Unfortunately this system of child abuse goes deeper than many of us could imagine. My live chat guest today will answer your questions on the economy of forced begging, the process of child binding, and what you should do the next time a small palm asking for change is extended in your direction.

Zulfiqar Rashid was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and spent the first eighteen years of his life in Pakistan and France. He is the author of The Rat-Boys of Karalabad, a book based on the system of organized beggary, which is a deep-rooted part of society in Southeast Asia.

Leave your questions for Zulfiqar in the comments below. He’ll be by later today, Tuesday June 3rd from 10:30pm-1:30am US EST to answer them live.

Zulfiqar will be here for a few hours this evening to answer any questions you have about organized begging. Don’t be shy to ask things you think you should already know as we all benefit from learning where our assumptions meet reality.

Ask Best-Selling Author And Accountant Tom Corley: How To Handle Taxes Back Home When You’re Traveling Long-Term

May 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Discussion, Money

A travel budget becomes more than simply calculating spending versus savings when you take an extended trip, especially if you’re a citizen of a country like the United States that requires you to pay taxes whether or not you happen to be there. My live chat guest today can help you understand what’s required of you, plus what you might be able to deduct if you take a career break or RTW trip.

Tom Corley is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial PLanner (CFP), and holds a Master’s Degree in Taxation. Tom is also the author of the bestselling book Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals and the soon to be released, Rich Kids – How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life.

The chat is open today, Tuesday May 6th from 7:30pm-10:30pm US EST, ask away!

Tom and I will be online this evening to clear up any questions you may have about how to file, the taxes required of you, and yes, how to get a bigger return using parts of your trip as deductions. Someone should also ask if there’s any way to get out of paying taxes at all or at the very least, avoid double taxation when earning income in another country. We’re waiting for any questions you may have in the comments below!

How Would You Improve The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament?

April 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Contests, Discussion

istanbul cat booksThe annual Best City To Visit Travel Tournaments aren’t strangers to controversy despite an open voting format that hasn’t changed much over the past 6 years. Middle East politics, what actually constitutes a city, and of course, recent Romanian dominance have all been debated in various comments sections on this site.

How would you change The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament to make it better?

Format changes to city restrictions these are some of the suggestions you made recently on the foXnoMad Facebook page but I want to ask you directly what you like, dislike, would keep or change – in the comments below. As always, I appreciate the feedback that will help the BCTV Tournament be even better in 2015!

The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2014 Winner Is Craiova, Romania

April 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Contests, Culture, Polls, Site News

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Despite an inspired campaign by Sibiu’s supporters to achieve a Best City To Visit Championship first, Craiova’s solid victory marks another: Romania is the first country to ever win back to back tournament finals. Craiova was the second while Sibiu was the number one seed in the tournament and early on in the voting it seemed the 2013 champ was destined to bring me back for a return visit. Congratulations to Craiova and Dana, who originally nominated the city in Romania’s southwest back in February.


The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2015 Has Already Begun

I’ll be taking your contest opinions in an upcoming post later this week but it seems the controversies from this year’s tournament have already motivated a few cities from different parts of the globe to begin their campaigns for 2015. I have received emails from a few large organizations who are looking forward to challenging cities from Romania and beyond in about 10 months from now.


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I’ll See You In Craiova

In the past due to my personal deficiency yet valuable travel asset of planning most trips last minute, I’ve visited winners of best city tournaments toward the end of the calendar year. This time however I’m aiming to break the pattern and visit Craiova during its warmer months. You can find my current travel plans on my upcoming stops page and I hope if you’re in Craiova that we can meet up while I’m there. I’ll organize something on my Facebook page and look forward to seeing Craiova and having drinks with its local supporters!

Thank you everyone who participated followed, and voted in The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2014. Your participation gives the contest its life and whatever path it takes is always a fun ride to watch. Congratulations again to all of the cities for being nominated and Craiova for being 2014’s Best City to Visit!

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