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Pho Quoc: From Hostels to Five-Star Resorts

March 27, 2018
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If you have both the means and the inclination to stay in five-star hotels, why would anyone ever go back to hostels? I can think of a few reasons.
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Keeping Your Money Safe When You Travel

March 15, 2018
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How does a traveler like me prepare to enter a country which requires a lot of cash for every transaction? You're about to find out.
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7 Bad Things that will Definitely Happen on your Japan Trip

March 13, 2018
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Even well prepared travelers can't avoid some of the problems with culture and other-ing when they step foot on Japanese soil. Being aware of these situations can lessen the shock.
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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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