Welcome to Once A Traveler

September 9, 2009

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, but will be in New Zealand until the end of 2009 catching up on the Kiwi lifestyle.

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Most recently, I’ve been restricting my travel blogs to my Matador Travel rants and raves and my Japan blog, Keeping Pace in Japan. However, from this point forward, I will be making an attempt to concentrate all my efforts here, at Once A Traveler. And what will I be talking about?

Japan? Of course – I’m a big fan of Japanese food, hot springs, and teaching English abroad.

New Zealand? On the agenda; in fact, by the time you read this post, I should already be living and working at Vimutti Buddhist Monastery, just south of Auckland.

Running? Naturally. I’ve finished two marathons (Austin and Boston), but my goal is to run one on all seven continents. Would have gone out for the Tokyo Marathon with a goal time of 2:55 if I hadn’t broken my wrist in Kagoshima.

Taiwan may be in my future beginning in 2010, but I’m open to all sorts of possibilities; the time I have spent back in the states has taught me I don’t think I can live over there for an extended period: life is too fast, things are too loud, people are too shallow (well, for the most part), and the food… is delicious… and incredibly fattening.

So begins a new chapter with Once A Traveler. All my experiences abroad or at home and thinking of the open road are at your fingertips. Just as John L Parker, Jr. said: Once a runner, always a runner. Well, once a traveler…

One Response to Welcome to Once A Traveler

  1. Lola on September 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Currently in the states now for 4 months and it’s crazy – “fast, loud, shallow, ignorant, fattening food.” Yup.

    Anyways, have fun in New Zee

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