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Eating Around Mexico City

I didn't get to eat nearly as much food in Mexico City as I had planned, but I found some amazing cuisine that makes me want to return.

Finding Friendship on the Road

Solo travel can be a lonesome experience, but traveling alone doesn't have to be lonely, even for the introverted explorer.
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Thoughts on Traveling Solo

Not everyone wants to travel alone, but solo travel can be freeing and fun. There are some ways to make the experience better and less lonely.
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The Road to Avoiding Foreign Currency Exchange Fees

Dealing with foreign transactions can be a headache for some travelers, but with a little preparation and research, it shouldn't be a problem.
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I Don’t Trust TripAdvisor’s Travel Reviews

I'm not a fan of TripAdvisor for the most part. They have some worthwhile information and deals for travelers, but the crowd-sourced reviews are awful.
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Traveler Reads: The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Review of Graham Greene's The Quiet American, one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite books, which is set in Vietnam during its war with France.
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On Drinking with Locals

Travelers often want to go drinking with locals, but it isn't always easy. You have to understand the local drinking culture and have an idea of where to go.

The Necessity of Subways

There's a reason I tend to travel to cities instead of more rural destinations. While I enjoy nature and all that it offers, I need to use subways. It's a necessity if I want to avoid driving.
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What Did I Eat in Korea?

It's not easy to tell people about what I ate in Korea because I don't speak Korean. But the Korean food I ate was delicious.

Eating on the Street in Yogyakarta

The secondary purpose of my trip to Yogyakarta was to eat as much Indonesian food as possible. But three days in the city just wasn't enough to eat it all.

The Bright Side of Taichung at the Rainbow Village

Before departing Taichung, I took a short bus ride to the vibrant Rainbow Village, which was painted by the community's last remaining resident.
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How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

I hate flying, but I have learned to survive on long-haul flights despite the airlines' best efforts to make the experience as uncomfortable as possible.
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Returning to Saigon

A second journey to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Reflections on returning to Saigon after almost four years and re-experiencing the food, traffic, and people.
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Authenticity and Travel Photography

Travel photography is an art form, and we take more photos than we need. We then over-edit those photos. Can we have authenticity in travel photography?
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Wanderings in Touristy Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos, is an over-hyped, overpriced tourist town, but that doesn't mean it's not worth visiting.