Trying to Get Ahead

September 25, 2015
Trying to Get Ahead

There’s only one thing for it: when the rent in Seattle isn’t going down anytime soon and my paycheck remains steady, I’m going to have to curb my spending if I want to save anything for the future. Most of the time, I’m unconcerned with how I spend money on food, but in this...
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How I Almost Got Stuck in Turkey

September 24, 2015
How I Almost Got Stuck in Turkey

Normally, I encourage everyone planning a trip to research local holidays before booking a flight. I’ve heard more than one story of someone coming into Japan after New Year’s and finding the ATMs locked up (Japan is primarily a cash-only country). Many Couchsurfers going through the states have gotten stuck outside on the 4th...
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First Days in Athens

September 19, 2015
First Days in Athens

Getting the Hilton HHonors Citicard was one of the best decisions I made prior to Greece. Two free weekend nights to spend at any of their hotels around the world, and me with a flexible schedule and no place to stay in Athens. Everything worked out swimmingly: just a simple 8-euro metro ride to...
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Schmoozing with Drunk Bulgarians

September 18, 2015
Schmoozing with Drunk Bulgarians

Before I knew what was happening, my friend shifted to the right, formed his hand into a tight fist, and brought it crashing down on my chest to make a muffled drum sound. Such is the power six Czech beers can have on a particular Bulgarian during happy hour. Writing off his behavior as...
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I’m Not Excited About Turkey

September 9, 2015

This story is going to take a different turn from those you usually read. To most readers, travel is this ephemeral experience where time and space don’t exist, money lasts forever, and everyone has a good time because they post an Instagram picture of a beer in their hand as the sun is setting...
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You don’t read stories about me on the Internet

September 7, 2015
You don’t read stories about me on the Internet

In the summer of 2004, I accepted a position working the graveyard shift at a small fishing resort on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. The job was pretty straightforward: bag ice when customers weren’t around, make sure the shelves were stocked. I even took a few shifts as a server and dishwasher to mix...
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One of my Travel Tricks: Peer-to-Peer Delivery

September 1, 2015
One of my Travel Tricks: Peer-to-Peer Delivery

I thought I had had an original idea. With all the new crowdsourcing services popping up like Uber, it seemed like international deliveries were a natural progression. As a Couchsurfer who hosted in Korea, I would browse the forums and see if there were any people stateside who were posting about advice, as they...
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