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How Money Would Change My Travel Life

December 26, 2015
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How Money Would Change My Travel Life

I’ve become a little disenchanted with reading stories from The Points Guy. Although I know he still has plenty of tips to offer, and I don’t see first class award redemptions out of my reach, some of his latest pieces have been focusing on what only the elite of the elite can hope to...
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Conclusions for 2015: I had coasters

December 23, 2015
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Conclusions for 2015: I had coasters

Does anyone else find it strange we arrived in 2015 the long way around, instead of time traveling from the 80s? I still have a hard time wrapping my head around it. This year has been difficult in many ways, but also one of the happiest of my life; 2009 is probably still in...
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Guns in America: A Texan Weighs In

December 6, 2015
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Guns in America: A Texan Weighs In

There’s a gun pointed at you. You have yours out and pointed at your attacker. You’ve never aimed at a human being before, but have had hundreds of hours at the firing range and feel confident in your ability to subdue the one threatening you. Would you rather kill or be killed? The question...
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Why I Might Consider Africa

October 5, 2015
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As many now know, I’ll be quitting my job at the end of the December. This is hardly the first time I’ve been set adrift in the working world, but overall, I think this will be good for me; the only reason I have so much debt now is just by trying to maintain...
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On Not Belonging, or Why I’m Definitely Through with Solo Travel

September 30, 2015
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On Not Belonging, or Why I’m Definitely Through with Solo Travel

Walking around any major city at night is something I’d recommend to newbie travelers. Although you’re sure to encounter traces of home, like a Little Caesar’s Pizza across from a Starbucks advertising pumpkin spice lattes, they might be in the shadow of a thousand-year-old mosque, or inside the Louvre. Little things stand out: the...
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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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