A Side of Crazy Couchsurfers

March 2, 2016

For the most part, I’m a staunch defender of Couchsurfing. Most of my non-travel friends don’t completely understand the concept of staying in a stranger’s house for a few nights – to be honest, I might have been skeptical before I eased into it – but it’s become my preferred mode of socializing in...
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More of a West Coaster

February 23, 2016

Back in the land of open spaces, sandy beaches, sunny skies, and inconvenient public transportation! I love everything about it, with the exception of the last. I suppose you can technically get anywhere you want in the Greater Los Angeles Area by bus and train, as long as you’re willing to accept it will...
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Travel over work, work over travel… over friends?

February 9, 2016
Travel over work, work over travel… over friends?

I have no regrets about my time on this life-avoidance trip. I left Dallas without much of a plan: just visit a friend in Chattanooga, work in Atlanta, and see what may come in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington DC. There were some times I felt a little out of place – meeting...
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The Lie that Sustains my Travel Lifestyle

January 22, 2016
The Lie that Sustains my Travel Lifestyle

Despite everything I’ve told everyone about escaping the 9-to-5, living for today, and keeping on the road to look beyond the traps society has laid out for us, there’s one aspect of my travel lifestyle that wouldn’t be possible without a little stability. Any guesses? It’s my Texas driver’s license, and the address –...
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10 Reasons to Choose Trains over Planes

January 15, 2016

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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My Obligatory 2015 Summary

January 9, 2016
My Obligatory 2015 Summary

Concentration on writing grows increasingly difficult as the loudmouths across the aisle continue their inane talks on stock options and paid travel. I’m reminded of a story about a woman who yapped on her cell phone on an Amtrak quiet car: it took hours before anyone spoke up, opting instead for murderous glances and...
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10 Reasons to Keep Your Job, Stay in Your Country, and Not Do Anything Unexpected

January 2, 2016
10 Reasons to Keep Your Job, Stay in Your Country, and Not Do Anything Unexpected

1. You will have more friends You will meet more people. They may be a bit more boring with their lack of travel experience, but they will be around for years. You can text them and ask if they feel like drinks after work or going for a run on the lake. You can...
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