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Ten Comparable Costs of Travel

September 29, 2015
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Ten Comparable Costs of Travel

I’ve talked about my attempts to cut down on expenses, but it’s important to understand why every dollar counts when you travel. It’s easy enough to think that you should just save money whenever possible, but why? What could that money get you when you’re out there? Here are some examples to put things...
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Rewards Nights in Athens, Istanbul, and Sofia

September 27, 2015
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Rewards Nights in Athens, Istanbul, and Sofia

When I planned my most recent trip to Turkey and Greece, I reserved a lot of hotels on the expectation my girlfriend and I would want a comfortable place with some privacy, as opposed to crashing in hostels or with Couchsurfers. As a result, I didn’t really feel like changing any of my reservations...
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Pamukkale: Beauty Matched only by Excessive Tourism

September 26, 2015
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Pamukkale: Beauty Matched only by Excessive Tourism

When my travel plans fell apart and I thought it would be better to make my way to Athens and southwest Turkey before flying to Istanbul, I asked a few friends for recommendations. Cappadocia was out, as I had no intention of going on a romantic hot air balloon ride solo or staying in...
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Trying to Get Ahead

September 25, 2015
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Trying to Get Ahead

There’s only one thing for it: when the rent in Seattle isn’t going down anytime soon and my paycheck remains steady, I’m going to have to curb my spending if I want to save anything for the future. Most of the time, I’m unconcerned with how I spend money on food, but in this...
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How I Almost Got Stuck in Turkey

September 24, 2015
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How I Almost Got Stuck in Turkey

Normally, I encourage everyone planning a trip to research local holidays before booking a flight. I’ve heard more than one story of someone coming into Japan after New Year’s and finding the ATMs locked up (Japan is primarily a cash-only country). Many Couchsurfers going through the states have gotten stuck outside on the 4th...
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First Days in Athens

September 19, 2015
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First Days in Athens

Getting the Hilton HHonors Citicard was one of the best decisions I made prior to Greece. Two free weekend nights to spend at any of their hotels around the world, and me with a flexible schedule and no place to stay in Athens. Everything worked out swimmingly: just a simple 8-euro metro ride to...
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Schmoozing with Drunk Bulgarians

September 18, 2015
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Schmoozing with Drunk Bulgarians

Before I knew what was happening, my friend shifted to the right, formed his hand into a tight fist, and brought it crashing down on my chest to make a muffled drum sound. Such is the power six Czech beers can have on a particular Bulgarian during happy hour. Writing off his behavior as...
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I’m Not Excited About Turkey

September 9, 2015
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This story is going to take a different turn from those you usually read. To most readers, travel is this ephemeral experience where time and space don’t exist, money lasts forever, and everyone has a good time because they post an Instagram picture of a beer in their hand as the sun is setting...
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You don’t read stories about me on the Internet

September 7, 2015
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You don’t read stories about me on the Internet

In the summer of 2004, I accepted a position working the graveyard shift at a small fishing resort on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. The job was pretty straightforward: bag ice when customers weren’t around, make sure the shelves were stocked. I even took a few shifts as a server and dishwasher to mix...
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One of my Travel Tricks: Peer-to-Peer Delivery

September 1, 2015
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One of my Travel Tricks: Peer-to-Peer Delivery

I thought I had had an original idea. With all the new crowdsourcing services popping up like Uber, it seemed like international deliveries were a natural progression. As a Couchsurfer who hosted in Korea, I would browse the forums and see if there were any people stateside who were posting about advice, as they...
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