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Ten Years of Travel

June 6, 2016
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Ten Years of Travel

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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I’m Not Excited About Turkey

September 9, 2015
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This story is going to take a different turn from those you usually read. To most readers, travel is this ephemeral experience where time and space don’t exist, money lasts forever, and everyone has a good time because they post an Instagram picture of a beer in their hand as the sun is setting...
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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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When Travel Goes Wrong

February 4, 2015
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When Travel Goes Wrong

Security at Paris Orly can rest easy tonight knowing they’ve confiscated a dangerous quantity of moisturizer from me, a truly radical traveler hell bent on world domination. I normally don’t let things like this get to me, but I’ve never had that appropriately sized bottle questioned at any major airport, which reinforces my fear...
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Travel Tips: Some People Just Want to Share their Misery

November 22, 2014
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I recently took the Golden Gate Transit bus from San Francisco to Petaluma. Although I’ve had issues from time to time with punctuality and drivers who let the slightest bit of authority go to their heads by not allowing me to carry a duffel bag on board, for the most part, the rides are...
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Understanding My Hate

May 27, 2014
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Understanding My Hate

Is this what bloggers and columnists are reduced to? Voicing our thoughts only in the wake of major news (unlike media outlets, which keep regurgitating facts)? I’m not here to discuss Elliot Rodger. He had his own issues. What I want to talk about is hate. Now, for the most controversial statements I will...
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Too old to stay in hostels?

March 31, 2014
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Too old to stay in hostels?

Although I remain blissfully free of practically all the physical limitations some people in their 30s experience – lack of energy, back or neck pain, to name a few – I’m not completely immune to feeling the effects of growing older. I’m sure I’m in better health than many people in their 20s (and...
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The Most Racist Things I’ve Done

March 1, 2014
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The Most Racist Things I’ve Done

In keeping up with the media feeding frenzy on racially charged stories, and if nothing else, to get a few things off my chest, I want to share some stories with the Internet. Whether this reaches a larger audience than my usual readers and ignites a storm of hate-filled comments and alienation from acquaintances,...
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How do I afford this much travel?

February 16, 2014
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I’ve talked a little about some of the credit cards I use to receive travel benefits. In this video, I go over exactly how I used these cards to travel, and the points programs out there. It’s also handy to live in a country like Korea where there are cheap accommodations: jimjilbang, love hotels,...
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My Travel Quirks

January 31, 2014
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My Travel Quirks

I freely admit I’m a bit of a nerd. When it comes to travel, there are certain things outside of typical travelers’ behavior I do that I ordinarily wouldn’t admit. Not that they’re illegal or particularly embarrassing; I just fell into a habit of doing them whenever I go abroad and don’t really think...
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