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From Shanghai to Hong Kong by Train

October 2, 2016
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From Shanghai to Hong Kong by Train

I’ve finally escaped the Great Firewall of China (actually on the train as I begin this, but close enough). If you’ve been monitoring my Facebook and Twitter feeds, you probably know I had a bit of a scare the last few days. My plan to use the 144-hour transit visa to visit Shanghai was...
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Renewing a Passport in 24 Hours

September 23, 2016
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Renewing a Passport in 24 Hours

I was all set for my latest trip: shopping completed, all entry requirements checked and double checked, places to stay arranged for a little while. And then I realized something especially disconcerting…
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New Chinese Visa Regulations Help my RTW Trip

September 10, 2016
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New Chinese Visa Regulations Help my RTW Trip

Maybe I am a bit of an overplanner when it comes to travel. The truth is, though I do like to be meticulous about where I’m going to sleep and how I’m going to get there, everything else is usually left to chance: daytime activities, meeting friends, nightlife, shopping, cultural sights, etc. This trip...
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3 Travel Hacks for Urban Explorers

September 6, 2016
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3 Travel Hacks for Urban Explorers

Just as there are tips unique to airports, passing through a capital or larger city offers opportunities for clever travelers to work the system. Here are a few of the travel hacks I’ve discovered.
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Planning to Visit Lanzarote

August 31, 2016
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Planning to Visit Lanzarote

I’ve got a big round the world trip planned. So far, the plan is to fly into China, take the train down to Hong Kong, fly into Cambodia, jump on a bus to Thailand, and then swoop over to Dubai via Jordan. However, my schedule after the Middle East is open, and rather than...
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Is violence the answer to the current situation in the US?

July 25, 2016
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Is violence the answer to the current situation in the US?

I never thought I would be positing a question like this in such a modern age. I had hoped by 2016 we would be beyond the point where protests, nonviolent and otherwise, would be necessary. However, it seems like no matter what we accomplish, change is slow, even stagnant, for what matters most. I’ve...
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Offers to Stay

July 2, 2016
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I’ve stayed in many places besides my own bed over the years: hostels abroad, fancy hotels in Paris, and couches from coast to coast. It’s very rare I get an offer to stay anywhere long term...
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Ten Years of Travel

June 6, 2016
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Ten Years of Travel

When you ask the average child what he wants when he grows up, you’ll probably get a variety of answers based on careers, outlandish ideas – e.g. “to live in a castle with a pet dragon” – and a combination of wealth and fame. Seldom do we hang on to these ideas into our...
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5 Jobs I Would Definitely Do

April 17, 2016
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I’ve been pretty bummed since I posted an April Fools’ status on Facebook stating I would be accepting a full-time position in retail for years to come and people seemed to feel it was a good fit. Looking back on it now, I suppose they were just being supportive of anything I chose, but...
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How Many People will Move to Canada if Trump is Elected?

March 26, 2016
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How Many People will Move to Canada if Trump is Elected?

First of all, why limit ourselves to Canada? Just because we share a border doesn’t mean it’s going to be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, more Americans live in Mexico. So let’s consider the worst case scenario of a Trump presidency on the US population as of 2016, by assuming that those who...
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