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The US needs people who can forgive and work with those they find repugnant. I’m not one of them.

July 17, 2019

In my opinion, the power of elected officials should not lie in their ability to represent their constituents well (though that’s certainly important), but rather in their willingness to work with someone who disgusts them on every level.
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Can World Travelers Become Homeless?

June 17, 2019

World travelers develop skills to avoid ending up in dangerous and uncomfortable situations, but even we may soon face a time when it all comes crashing down.
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The Ugliest Travel Behavior, Part II

December 8, 2018

After Part I of such uplifting stories abroad, don't you want to see how travelers can get even worse? Here are some of the worst behaviors I've witnesses in my travels.
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How I’ve Lost Friends as an Adult

December 7, 2018

After you leave college, life will literally never be the same again; never in your life – yes, even if you go back to grad school – will you be surrounded by a group of people from different backgrounds who are not only open...
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4 Reasons NOT to Learn Japanese while Living in Japan

December 5, 2018

Believe it or not, I've found there are actually situations in Japan improved upon by not having a strong grasp of the language. What do you think?
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The Ugliest Travel Behavior, Part I

December 3, 2018

What's some of the worst travel behavior you've witnessed? Over the next two blog entries, I'll be breaking down ten examples of despicable behavior abroad.
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Lessons Learned from Staying in Touristy Bali

August 23, 2018

Lombok Island has been hit by a series of earthquakes over the last few weeks. How should that affect travel to Bali? Even if you go, here are some of the reasons to only stick to certain areas.
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