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Ready to Leave the Beach Behind

March 7, 2015
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Ready to Leave the Beach Behind

So, nine days on Boracay. I can walk the length of this island easily, but that’s not to say I’ve taken advantage of every tourist trap and restaurant. Cliff diving at Ariel’s Point is less appealing to me after hearing stories of burst blood vessels and broken limbs… probably the product of unlimited drinks...
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First Impressions of Boracay

March 4, 2015
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First Impressions of Boracay

Vacationing in Southeast Asia is always a gamble for me, because my baseline behavior abroad was largely shaped by my two years in Japan. Although I still maintain my American demeanor of smiling on the street and talking up strangers in a bar, I tend to shy away from street vendors, package tours, and...
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The Long Road to Boracay

March 3, 2015
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The Long Road to Boracay

I chose to spend the first few days of my time in the Philippines in Puerto Galera for a few reasons. One, its proximity to Manila makes it an easy journey by daylight. In addition, that little ferry ride from Batangas can make all the difference in the world when looking for an escape...
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Overlooking the Defenestration of Prague

March 1, 2015
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Overlooking the Defenestration of Prague

If you’re like me – American, with a minimum of a high school education – then your knowledge of Prague in history class may have been limited to three facts: 1. The Velvet Revolution. As communism was slowly dying out across eastern and central Europe, Czechoslovakia ended Soviet control in their country with a...
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Finding Texas Kolaches in Prague

February 21, 2015
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Finding Texas Kolaches in Prague

The challenge in the Czech Republic, to those than even have a few hours in the airport, is not consuming beer. For a mere 23-25 CZK (~$1), you can easily get 300 mL of some fine Pilsner at any pub in Prague. In all honesty, I’m not much of a beer person, but with...
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How does an Asia-minded traveler feel in Europe?

February 13, 2015
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How does an Asia-minded traveler feel in Europe?

I can’t remember when exactly Europe started to “wow” me with its very presence. As an American, I don’t often appreciate the aesthetics in our big cities. Certainly, San Francisco is a superb mix of nature and urban, water and land, old and new, but the old only goes back 100 years, if that....
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6 Questions Travelers are Sick of Hearing When they Return Home

February 8, 2015
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6 Questions Travelers are Sick of Hearing When they Return Home

Stop me if you’ve heard these: 1. “How are you?” This may just be true for the US, but I’ve noticed foreign visitors have picked up on how often Americans just casually throw this question into the ether. At supermarkets. Passing someone on the street. Beginning a meeting. In and of itself, this isn’t...
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When Travel Goes Wrong

February 4, 2015
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When Travel Goes Wrong

Security at Paris Orly can rest easy tonight knowing they’ve confiscated a dangerous quantity of moisturizer from me, a truly radical traveler hell bent on world domination. I normally don’t let things like this get to me, but I’ve never had that appropriately sized bottle questioned at any major airport, which reinforces my fear...
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What does 1400 euros/night get you?

February 2, 2015
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What does 1400 euros/night get you?

As many of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter know, I used this Paris trip to cash in my Hyatt free nights’ awards at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. I was going back and forth as to whether I wanted to use them both in one location; there are plenty of Couchsurfers in...
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It doesn’t matter what you do in Paris

February 1, 2015
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It doesn’t matter what you do in Paris

The quality of my room doesn’t matter. The fact that I used my free nights’ rewards from spending with my Chase Hyatt Visa for two days in the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome is irrelevant. The fact I was given a free upgrade to a suite which costs upwards of 1000€/night means nothing. As do...
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