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Avoiding Guards at the Stairway to Heaven

January 12, 2015
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Avoiding Guards at the Stairway to Heaven

As my cousin drove me from Honolulu International Airport to Kailua via the H3, the first thing I noticed was a long trail of steps leading up a particularly steep mountain face. Even with the jet lag and hunger from a six-hour flight, this caught my attention. Oahu is filled with amazing mountains and...
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Failure to Reach Pearl Harbor

January 8, 2015
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Failure to Reach Pearl Harbor

Oahu has been amazing so far. Having left Texas when the temperature dropped below zero, I had forgotten just how good the sun can feel. Couple that with a great setup in Kailua, and things are shaping up nicely. It’s only been two days. I emerged from the airport inappropriately dressed in a business...
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Once A Traveler in 2015

January 2, 2015
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Once A Traveler in 2015

Where’s my hoverboard? Back to the Future did prophesize Google Glass, but I’m still waiting for my flying shoes that allow me to go on long runs in the air (think of the reduction in impact on everyone’s knees!) Another year come and gone. I admit I didn’t blog as often in 2014 as...
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The Canadian Side

December 23, 2014
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The Canadian Side

I visited Niagara Falls (the attraction, not the city) back in 2010 when I was touring the country working as a marketing rep for one of the most despicable people to ever walk the planet. Fortunately, escaping the stress of this job was simple, as I had a lot of travel under my belt...
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Travel Tips: Some People Just Want to Share their Misery

November 22, 2014
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I recently took the Golden Gate Transit bus from San Francisco to Petaluma. Although I’ve had issues from time to time with punctuality and drivers who let the slightest bit of authority go to their heads by not allowing me to carry a duffel bag on board, for the most part, the rides are...
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Back to Japan Long-Term?

November 21, 2014
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I’ve been offered a position teaching in Chiba Prefecture from January 2015 for a year. Although I don’t relish the thought of traveling anywhere in winter, the possibility intrigues me. Enough so that I need to consider the pros and cons of returning to Japan for the long haul. Pros As my first experience...
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Reflecting on Distractions

November 20, 2014
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After two weeks at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in the redwoods of California, I find myself disconnected from the world. Not the real world, mind you – not the one filled with green fields, snow-capped mountains, and blue rivers – but the one in which everyone is obsessed with getting the fastest wifi and burying...
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Switching Back to American’s Mileage Program

October 22, 2014
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Switching Back to American’s Mileage Program

A lot of people ask me how I afford so much travel. Just yesterday when someone asked me what I did and I told her I traveled full-time, she incorrectly assumed I was a trust fund baby. My behavior after a few drinks certainly helped reinforce this perception, or maybe I’m just paying more...
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Working Against My Beliefs

September 24, 2014
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Working Against My Beliefs

One of my struggles in deciding where I should go next lies in the work itself. If I were simply independently wealthy and able to travel 365 days out of the year, I wouldn’t have to worry about what occupies the majority of my time. Since I’m not, most of my career – and...
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A Return to Southeast Asia?

September 23, 2014
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A Return to Southeast Asia?

As I make travel plans for November and December, I’m struck with a strong desire to return to Southeast Asia for a few weeks. It seems Thailand always has a place for me. Not only can I idle away the time with cheap, delicious food and accommodation, but the opportunities to meet people in...
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