Living in America

Travel over work, work over travel… over friends?

February 9, 2016
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Travel over work, work over travel… over friends?

I have no regrets about my time on this life-avoidance trip. I left Dallas without much of a plan: just visit a friend in Chattanooga, work in Atlanta, and see what may come in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington DC. There were some times I felt a little out of place – meeting...
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The Lie that Sustains my Travel Lifestyle

January 22, 2016
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The Lie that Sustains my Travel Lifestyle

Despite everything I’ve told everyone about escaping the 9-to-5, living for today, and keeping on the road to look beyond the traps society has laid out for us, there’s one aspect of my travel lifestyle that wouldn’t be possible without a little stability. Any guesses? It’s my Texas driver’s license, and the address –...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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