Travel Writing

Considerate Travel: Children on Planes and Snoring in Hostels

July 19, 2014
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Considerate Travel: Children on Planes and Snoring in Hostels

I was spending a few days with friends in Vancouver last year when Iron Man 3 came out. Although I’m not the biggest fan of the films, I considered it entertaining enough for an evening out, as long as we sandwiched it between dinner and drinks. Unfortunately, it was opening night downtown, meaning everyone...
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My Writing Inspiration

February 18, 2013
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My Writing Inspiration

It only took one nearly forgotten taste of life outside the US to make me wonder if I was making a mistake. The world is full of wonder, especially in a city like San Francisco, but it’s hard to inspire oneself with the familiar. Many tourists travel to beach resorts with mai tais to...
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Too Cynical to Travel?

September 24, 2012
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I remember a conversation I had in San Francisco as I volunteered to be in the background of a Food Network commercial in exchange for some free gourmet samples. Between takes, I offered up that I had traveled a lot in southeast Asia and the world, and such experiences tended to make me more...
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Back to Being Inspired

September 22, 2012
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Back to Being Inspired

Despite my recent tales of woe and my dwindling bank account, I can’t deny that this trip has rekindled something I thought might have been lost to time: my inspiration. I had it in Japan when I stepped off the plane and started writing and taking pictures of everything in sight. I had it...
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Have I Lost That Traveler’s Ambition?

October 31, 2010
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Something that often keeps me from sitting down and writing is opportunity. Living abroad, there’s always something new I can experience, even the little things: trying out a new restaurant, soaking in the local bathhouse, practicing my Korean on a stranger. Even when I’m trapped in my apartment due to rain or circumstance, the...
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7 Stupid Things To Do While Traveling

August 4, 2010
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7 Stupid Things To Do While Traveling

1. Express Your Anger This isn’t limited to anyone in particular. Don’t give the check-in lady a hard time because your flight just happens to be oversold. Don’t look ticked off in front of the security guard as you enter the metal detector. And, above all, do not yell at the immigration agent; you...
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Hooking up with Couchsurfers

September 27, 2009
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Hooking up with Couchsurfers

My apologies for the delay in posting, noble readers; I have recently relocated to Vimutti Buddhist Monastery and have limited Internet access. Some Couchsurfers may have already had the fortune of reading Sleeping Around by Brian Thacker, the story of a man surfing his way across the globe; incidentally, if you are in New...
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Welcome to Once A Traveler

September 9, 2009
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Welcome to Once A Traveler

My name is Turner Wright, and I’ll be your host for this new travel-themed website. For those of you who have not seen me online, I work as a freelance writer for The Matador Network and as a regular contributor for Vagabondish. I’ve spend the majority of my time on the road in Japan,...
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