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Lessons Learned from Staying in Touristy Bali

August 23, 2018
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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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When can you blame Japan for your problems?

June 6, 2018
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Have you ever felt compelled to blame your host country or the people there for the problems you've faced working abroad? This blog entry is for you.
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Why I Say Konnichwa

May 14, 2018
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Do you prefer to greet people in English or the local language when you're abroad? Even if you're a native English speaker, here are a few reasons you might want to hide that fact.
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Pho Quoc: From Hostels to Five-Star Resorts

March 27, 2018
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If you have both the means and the inclination to stay in five-star hotels, why would anyone ever go back to hostels? I can think of a few reasons.
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Keeping Your Money Safe When You Travel

March 15, 2018
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How does a traveler like me prepare to enter a country which requires a lot of cash for every transaction? You're about to find out.
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7 Bad Things that will Definitely Happen on your Japan Trip

March 13, 2018
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Even well prepared travelers can't avoid some of the problems with culture and other-ing when they step foot on Japanese soil. Being aware of these situations can lessen the shock.
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My Most Intense Travel Experience of All

February 17, 2018
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This is it - number one in my book. You might think it would happen in a developing country like Peru or Indonesia, but in truth, the harshest day of travel happened as I was heading home to Seattle.
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I Have Become a Lazy Traveler

February 15, 2018
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If I'm no longer able to find any joy as a solo traveler, who will I become? I explore this question and others.
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My Most Intense Travel Experiences #2

February 14, 2018
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Needing to get back to the US for a wedding, I left work in Kagoshima Thursday afternoon. This is the story of the chaos that resulted from needing to party, delayed flights, and lax security.
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My Most Intense Travel Experiences #3

February 12, 2018
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My health has almost always kept me going from country to country. This is the only time it's outright stopped me.
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