Travel Tips: Some People Just Want to Share their Misery

November 22, 2014

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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Back to Japan Long-Term?

November 21, 2014

I’ve been offered a position teaching in Chiba Prefecture from January 2015 for a year. Although I don’t relish the thought of traveling anywhere in winter, the possibility intrigues me. Enough so that I need to consider the pros and cons of returning to Japan for the long haul. Pros As my first experience...
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Reflecting on Distractions

November 20, 2014

After two weeks at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in the redwoods of California, I find myself disconnected from the world. Not the real world, mind you – not the one filled with green fields, snow-capped mountains, and blue rivers – but the one in which everyone is obsessed with getting the fastest wifi and burying...
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Switching Back to American’s Mileage Program

October 22, 2014
Switching Back to American’s Mileage Program

A lot of people ask me how I afford so much travel. Just yesterday when someone asked me what I did and I told her I traveled full-time, she incorrectly assumed I was a trust fund baby. My behavior after a few drinks certainly helped reinforce this perception, or maybe I’m just paying more...
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Working Against My Beliefs

September 24, 2014
Working Against My Beliefs

One of my struggles in deciding where I should go next lies in the work itself. If I were simply independently wealthy and able to travel 365 days out of the year, I wouldn’t have to worry about what occupies the majority of my time. Since I’m not, most of my career – and...
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A Return to Southeast Asia?

September 23, 2014
A Return to Southeast Asia?

As I make travel plans for November and December, I’m struck with a strong desire to return to Southeast Asia for a few weeks. It seems Thailand always has a place for me. Not only can I idle away the time with cheap, delicious food and accommodation, but the opportunities to meet people in...
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Sometimes, I Hate Being Famous

September 20, 2014
Sometimes, I Hate Being Famous

Working in the customer service industry and being a white face abroad (in most countries, anyway) have a lot in common. I’ve already done my share of ranting over my superficial treatment in Asia: for as many benefits as there are in being a foreigner – e.g. not expected to know or necessarily conform...
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