Living in America

I May Never Find My Place

September 17, 2014
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I May Never Find My Place

I can’t explain why autumn has this affect on me. For as long as I can remember – and we’re talking as far back as 5-6 years old – I’ve always associated sunny weather, chilly winds, and brown leaves with being at peace. I can remember walking to my father’s office from school on...
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Why I Can’t Continue Living in San Francisco

September 16, 2014
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Why I Can’t Continue Living in San Francisco

I’ve been plotting my escape for months now, almost since I arrived. It’s ironic, really, since I had espoused San Francisco and bigger cities as decent places to get out of debt. Not so much for their expensive options, but for the fact there are cheaper opportunities available, if you’re willing to overlook societal...
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Dare I go back to Japan?

September 9, 2014
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Dare I go back to Japan?

I’ve been offered a teaching position in Gunma Prefecture northwest of Tokyo and am considering taking it. Japan has loomed so large on my mind for years, and it seems like a good opportunity. Gone are the days when you can be sure of getting a job abroad simply for being foreign or racking...
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Why do I work?

September 3, 2014
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Why do I work?

I’ve been having a lot of latent thoughts since my return from Canada, the only bit of international travel I’ve had since the Philippines… ok, even that makes me sound a little spoiled. My worldview and my definition of happiness and success are changing all the time for the better. If you had asked...
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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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