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Francis Tapon

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I recommend visiting http://FrancisTapon.com for a complete background, but here is a quick summary....

I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I've been to over 111 countries, but I keep coming back to this magical city because I love earthquakes.

My mom is from Chile and my dad is from France. I spoke Spanish at home, French at school, and English everywhere else. I can get by in Portuguese and Italian, barely survive in Russian, and speak a few other languages like a 2 year old.

I have a degree in Religion from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. So I am well prepared to start a church and make lots of money off of it.

I am donating nearly half of my "Hike Your Own Hike" book royalty to the three major trails
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Without a doubt, the most common question I get once people know about my long-term travel is, "How can you afford to travel the world?" 

Five years ago I wrote a long article to answer how you can afford to travel the world (which is worth re-reading).

I won't repeat myself. Instead, I'll get more personal and reveal 9 ways that I make money nowadays. You can use these same ways. I'll end wit...

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The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us (Travel)
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Description: What can we learn from Eastern Europe? For many Westerners Eastern Europe is about as appealing as a deodorant-free French armpit. That didn’t scare Francis Tapon because not only did he learn how to rough it on the Appalachian Trail, but he is also half French, so he kind of smells too. He yearned for adventure and Western Europe seems so tame and passé. It’s hard to feel like a pioneer when it’s about as easy to find a McDonalds as it is to find an anti-American demonstration. Therefore, he traveled nonstop for five months and visited every country in Eastern Europe—all 20 of them. The other Europe delivered some fantastic adventures and insights. You’ll learn: How to deepen your cultural knowledge without being a snob. What is worth seeing in Eastern Europe. Why the Balkans is so screwed up. How to creatively stretch your money. How to learn multiple languages with minimal effort. How to triple the length of your vacations without spending more. How to broaden your perspective in unusual ways. Why communism really sucked.
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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. . . . Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. — Mark Twain To”
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“Kas nerizikuoja, tas negeria šampano. — Lithuanian proverb”
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“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
Groucho Marx

“From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.”
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“Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well I have others.”
Groucho Marx

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.”
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“Religion thrives on woolly allegory, emotional commitments to texts that no one reads, and other forms of benign hypocrisy.”
Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

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