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10 Reasons to Choose Trains over Planes

January 15, 2016
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This week, I cashed in 15,000 of my Amtrak Guest Rewards points and got myself a roomette from Atlanta to Philadelphia. Though this was simply an attempt to meet up with friends in the northeast, I’m glad I had a chance to experience America’s train system; Japan’s may have the speed and efficiency, and...
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My Obligatory 2015 Summary

January 9, 2016
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My Obligatory 2015 Summary

Concentration on writing grows increasingly difficult as the loudmouths across the aisle continue their inane talks on stock options and paid travel. I’m reminded of a story about a woman who yapped on her cell phone on an Amtrak quiet car: it took hours before anyone spoke up, opting instead for murderous glances and...
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10 Reasons to Keep Your Job, Stay in Your Country, and Not Do Anything Unexpected

January 2, 2016
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10 Reasons to Keep Your Job, Stay in Your Country, and Not Do Anything Unexpected

1. You will have more friends You will meet more people. They may be a bit more boring with their lack of travel experience, but they will be around for years. You can text them and ask if they feel like drinks after work or going for a run on the lake. You can...
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8 Things That Just Plain Annoy me about Air Travel

December 27, 2015
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8 Things That Just Plain Annoy me about Air Travel

I don’t need to tell a story to elicit sympathy for those flying through the air in a metal fart-filled box at 300 mph, but I will. We all have our pet peeves, and for some reason every last one of them boils to the surface when we’re thirsty, deprived of sleep, presented with...
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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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