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My Most Intense Travel Experience of All

February 17, 2018
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This is it - number one in my book. You might think it would happen in a developing country like Peru or Indonesia, but in truth, the harshest day of travel happened as I was heading home to Seattle.
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I Have Become a Lazy Traveler

February 15, 2018
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If I'm no longer able to find any joy as a solo traveler, who will I become? I explore this question and others.
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My Most Intense Travel Experiences #4

February 10, 2018
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Part one of my four-part series on crazy travel experiences I've had. This one involves me hitchhiking from Kagoshima to Nagasaki to run a half marathon, then make it all the way back before work on Monday.
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Japan Lesson: Going Overboard with Idle Comments

September 7, 2017
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Hospitality in Japan is one thing, but what should you do when everyone around you takes everything you say as a call to action?
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Making New Friends in Japan: Next to Impossible

August 24, 2017
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I've been in Japan for about five months, but I've been a traveler for years. Some of my experience may benefit newbies considering leaving friendships in favor of adventure.
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Getting a Cell Phone vs SIM Card in Japan

April 7, 2017
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If you're coming to Japan to teach English or anything that keeps you around for a year or more, what should you do in terms of a cell phone? Bring one from the US and just purchase a SIM card? Here are some options.
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How to Best Use Airbnb for Budget Travel

March 20, 2017
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What are some of the problems facing Airbnb hosts and guests, and how can you, as a budget traveler, be on the lookout? Once A Traveler explains.
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How Travel Bloggers Present Unobtainable Lives

March 7, 2017
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We all know the Internet presents a skewed view of reality, but just how much of that is true for well known travel bloggers? Once A Traveler weighs in.
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Returning to Japan after a Decade

February 17, 2017
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Returning to Japan after a Decade

I didn't have anything else lined up. I was originally planning to fly into Hanoi to try a stint as a digital nomad for 3-6 months, and it’s not as though I'm doomed to renew my contract year after year. I can finally settle if Japan is where I want to be. No one...
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5 Things You Can’t Miss in Belize

January 20, 2017
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5 Things You Can’t Miss in Belize

I’ve been thinking about an escape for the winter months for some time. Rather than pay the cost or points for flights back to the balmy climates of SE Asia, my thoughts turn closer to home, around Central and South America. Costa Rica merits more time, as does Nicaragua and Panama, but if there’s...
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