Why I Can’t Continue Living in San Francisco

September 16, 2014
Why I Can’t Continue Living in San Francisco

I’ve been plotting my escape for months now, almost since I arrived. It’s ironic, really, since I had espoused San Francisco and bigger cities as decent places to get out of debt. Not so much for their expensive options, but for the fact there are cheaper opportunities available, if you’re willing to overlook societal...
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Of Late I Think of Thailand

September 12, 2014
Of Late I Think of Thailand

I turned down the first offer in Japan. There were simply too many unknowns and too short a time to give an answer. I’m still in communication with the company for additional postings, but my mind is drifting elsewhere… There’s a lot I left unresolved in Asia. I’m one of those travelers who intentionally...
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Dare I go back to Japan?

September 9, 2014
Dare I go back to Japan?

I’ve been offered a teaching position in Gunma Prefecture northwest of Tokyo and am considering taking it. Japan has loomed so large on my mind for years, and it seems like a good opportunity. Gone are the days when you can be sure of getting a job abroad simply for being foreign or racking...
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Why do I work?

September 3, 2014
Why do I work?

I’ve been having a lot of latent thoughts since my return from Canada, the only bit of international travel I’ve had since the Philippines… ok, even that makes me sound a little spoiled. My worldview and my definition of happiness and success are changing all the time for the better. If you had asked...
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Traveling for Love

August 16, 2014
Traveling for Love

Now, this I understood. You meet someone, they end up on the other side of the planet, you go follow them. It’s called stalking, and sometimes it works. Headhunters on my Doorstep, J. Maarten Troost Watch the video below and tell me what you think, for the reaction can vary from traveler to traveler....
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Nomadic and Working: Part I

August 9, 2014
Nomadic and Working: Part I

This week marks the first of my attempts to stay nomadic while working a full-time job. Now, I should clarify that my situation is unique: I have a job that requires traveling all over the Bay and covers hotels once or twice a month for longer stints. Nevertheless, the fact that I have to...
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Why I’m Privileged

August 5, 2014
Why I’m Privileged

I’m white. I have societal advantages, most of which I’m probably unaware and are too numerous to mention. This even creates privilege in my social life when it comes to dating and making new friends. I’m male. I don’t have to worry about being harassed on the street by virtue of my sex. I...
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