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Why I Might Not Bring My Girlfriend Home

July 20, 2015
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Why I Might Not Bring My Girlfriend Home

Things are becoming all too real all too quickly, and when it concerns love, there’s no better feeling in the world. I know it’s hard to get the complete picture as you readers only hear my side of the story, but meeting someone like my girlfriend gives me a while new perspective on life....
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When You’re the One Left Behind

July 18, 2015
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When You’re the One Left Behind

I’m going to make an effort to write. Even though I doubt I’ll keep up with social media, not being able to express myself in my favorite medium has really taken a creative toll on me these last few months. My love is still a huge part of my life, and that’s the only...
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Why Does My Long-Distance Relationship Work?

May 31, 2015
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Why Does My Long-Distance Relationship Work?

Full disclosure: I was one to denounce the whole long distance thing. You can probably even find evidence on this blog without really trying hard. Before meeting the right person, I was convinced that no relationship could work with an ocean between two people and no fixed return date: that is, a date from...
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4 Travel Rules For Not Getting Robbed

April 12, 2015
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Some veteran travelers probably think I’m paranoid. Full disclosure: I’ve had my camera stolen in New York City. No, no one mugged me or anything. Rather, I was eating a Magnolia cupcake in the lower level of Grand Central Station and had my Canon set on the table to my right. Anyone who knows...
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Restarting the 9-to-5

March 22, 2015
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Time has been moving at a very unusual rate since my return. Like all travelers and runners, I’m sure I have ways of measuring time that would seem weird to most, e.g. a four-hour shinkansen ride may be enough time to get from Hiroshima to Tokyo, but I also could have taken a Southwest...
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My 2015 Travels So Far

March 11, 2015
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My 2015 Travels So Far

My goal is to fill up my passport pages before I have to renew in 2018. So far, I’ve been doing a pretty good job; there are only 2-3 completely empty pages, and I should be heading to Canada in a few weeks. Next on the international agenda, assuming I can find a good...
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6 Things You May Not Know About Dating a Flight Attendant

March 7, 2015
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6 Things You May Not Know About Dating a Flight Attendant

I’m hurtling towards France on the Eurostar train out of London. Although I usually make an effort to look business casual when I travel, this time I’ve gone all out: freshly shaven, perfectly pressed tailored shirt, cologne applied liberally. Even my shoes are neat and polished to a fine onyx black. I barely notice...
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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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