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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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Using Money Abroad: Cash or Credit?

October 5, 2016
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Using Money Abroad: Cash or Credit?

Finding the best way to use your money abroad is always a bit of a hassle. Fortunately, there are only a few options to choose from. 1. Convert all currency in cash with your local bank before you depart. Carry this with you abroad. 2. Get just enough cash to survive (either by changing...
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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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New Chinese Visa Regulations Help my RTW Trip

September 10, 2016
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New Chinese Visa Regulations Help my RTW Trip

Maybe I am a bit of an overplanner when it comes to travel. The truth is, though I do like to be meticulous about where I’m going to sleep and how I’m going to get there, everything else is usually left to chance: daytime activities, meeting friends, nightlife, shopping, cultural sights, etc. This trip...
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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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5 Unique Unethical Ways to Travel

March 22, 2016
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5 Unique Unethical Ways to Travel

We’ve all done some unscrupulous acts during our travels. From complaining to the flight attendant about ridiculous things on our first airplane trip to ranting about our initial impressions (and stereotypes) on the ground in a foreign culture, travel has the ability to bring out the worst in some people as easily as it...
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10 Reasons to Choose Trains over Planes

January 15, 2016
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This week, I cashed in 15,000 of my Amtrak Guest Rewards points and got myself a roomette from Atlanta to Philadelphia. Though this was simply an attempt to meet up with friends in the northeast, I’m glad I had a chance to experience America’s train system; Japan’s may have the speed and efficiency, and...
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How Money Would Change My Travel Life

December 26, 2015
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How Money Would Change My Travel Life

I’ve become a little disenchanted with reading stories from The Points Guy. Although I know he still has plenty of tips to offer, and I don’t see first class award redemptions out of my reach, some of his latest pieces have been focusing on what only the elite of the elite can hope to...
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Rewards Nights in Athens, Istanbul, and Sofia

September 27, 2015
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Rewards Nights in Athens, Istanbul, and Sofia

When I planned my most recent trip to Turkey and Greece, I reserved a lot of hotels on the expectation my girlfriend and I would want a comfortable place with some privacy, as opposed to crashing in hostels or with Couchsurfers. As a result, I didn’t really feel like changing any of my reservations...
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