Living in America

New Sieve List for 2017

November 29, 2016
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I call it a sieve list because things keep leaking out, despite my best intentions (I mean, I made a list, after all). First, let’s look at my list for 2016: 1. Take a yoga class 2. Try performing some standup comedy 3. Write at least a few chapters of my book 4. Focus...
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Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

November 15, 2016
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While I enjoyed my stay at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap and would certainly recommend it to anyone who isn’t concerned about breaking the bank, it just seems disproportionately expensive when compared with local hotels of the same quality.
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What’s Next for the Average American?

November 12, 2016
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I need to make a decision concerning my future as an American. It's exciting, in a way; though I've always had the option of rejecting American citizenship by officially renouncing it or unofficially by staying abroad, never have I seriously considered it until Wednesday morning when we all heard the unthinkable.
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Observing the US Presidential Election from Bali

November 10, 2016
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To those who advocate waking up and seeing the next sunrise, "things won't be that bad," and just tolerating four years of this: No. Trump and his supporters don't deserve your empathy or understanding. Life matters, but there is no value in a life that values evil over good, hate over love, oppression over...
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How I Maxed Out my US Passport

October 29, 2016
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How I Maxed Out my US Passport

What kind of travel is involved to completely fill a US Passport with entry stamps, exit stamps, and visas? Once A Traveler explains his eight-year journey.
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Renewing a Passport in 24 Hours

September 23, 2016
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Renewing a Passport in 24 Hours

I was all set for my latest trip: shopping completed, all entry requirements checked and double checked, places to stay arranged for a little while. And then I realized something especially disconcerting…
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3 Travel Hacks for Urban Explorers

September 6, 2016
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3 Travel Hacks for Urban Explorers

Just as there are tips unique to airports, passing through a capital or larger city offers opportunities for clever travelers to work the system. Here are a few of the travel hacks I’ve discovered.
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Is violence the answer to the current situation in the US?

July 25, 2016
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Is violence the answer to the current situation in the US?

I never thought I would be positing a question like this in such a modern age. I had hoped by 2016 we would be beyond the point where protests, nonviolent and otherwise, would be necessary. However, it seems like no matter what we accomplish, change is slow, even stagnant, for what matters most. I’ve...
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Offers to Stay

July 2, 2016
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I’ve stayed in many places besides my own bed over the years: hostels abroad, fancy hotels in Paris, and couches from coast to coast. It’s very rare I get an offer to stay anywhere long term...
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Ten Years of Travel

June 6, 2016
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When you ask the average child what he wants when he grows up, you’ll probably get a variety of answers based on careers, outlandish ideas – e.g. “to live in a castle with a pet dragon” – and a combination of wealth and fame. Seldom do we hang on to these ideas into our...
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