Living in America

Traveling for Love

August 16, 2014
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Traveling for Love

Now, this I understood. You meet someone, they end up on the other side of the planet, you go follow them. It’s called stalking, and sometimes it works. Headhunters on my Doorstep, J. Maarten Troost Watch the video below and tell me what you think, for the reaction can vary from traveler to traveler....
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Nomadic and Working: Part I

August 9, 2014
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Nomadic and Working: Part I

This week marks the first of my attempts to stay nomadic while working a full-time job. Now, I should clarify that my situation is unique: I have a job that requires traveling all over the Bay and covers hotels once or twice a month for longer stints. Nevertheless, the fact that I have to...
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Why I’m Privileged

August 5, 2014
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Why I’m Privileged

I’m white. I have societal advantages, most of which I’m probably unaware and are too numerous to mention. This even creates privilege in my social life when it comes to dating and making new friends. I’m male. I don’t have to worry about being harassed on the street by virtue of my sex. I...
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Even Travelers Have Doubts

July 31, 2014
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Even Travelers Have Doubts

I’ve been getting unusually high feedback from readers who tell me how jealous they are of my travels, and how they wish they too could be out there living their dreams. Ignoring the fact that long-term travel is accessible to almost everyone, there’s something my readers, particularly my younger readers, have a difficult time...
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The Costs of Just Doing OK

July 9, 2014
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The Costs of Just Doing OK

I alluded to this when I discussed making it in America, but I think a breakdown in the numbers would be beneficial. As a single man living in the US, what exactly am I expected to do and have to even be considered an independent adult? Well, to be living the official American Dream,...
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Dating a Traveler

July 1, 2014
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Dating a Traveler

Whether you think going abroad as a couple, finding someone to date locally, or being single is the best way to experience the world, there are certain realities one must face when it’s time to come home. I must emphasize that this is my experience as a straight man, as I’m sure that of...
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The Danger of Consistency

July 1, 2014
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The Danger of Consistency

I’ve been trying to supplement my life outside of work with personal endeavors. In Austin, before I knew of a world outside the US, this was fairly straightforward: acting in community theater, hitting up 6th Street (I was in my 20s, after all), and running on Town Lake. For the most part, these activities...
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What Most People Don’t Want to Admit

June 29, 2014
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I will admit I came into this world as a pretty cynical human being. Ask anyone who knew me as a child, and I’m sure for every story they recall about me being carefree and playing Nintendo games, there were just as many times I was drawn in on myself and spouting off sentiments...
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Living State to State

June 23, 2014
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Living State to State

Many tourists often tell me how much they enjoyed their great American road trip, and just how simple it was to cross state lines without showing papers or being stopped. While I’m sure I have grown up taking this particular freedom for granted, there are some downsides to our US states most foreigners wouldn’t...
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The Fourth Jump

June 11, 2014
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The Fourth Jump

As I scooted my butt closer and closer to the open jump door and finally got the full view of nothing standing between me and 18,000 feet worth of air, I did start to question my sanity. Who wouldn’t? I question myself before crossing the starting line in a marathon, hopping on a jet...
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