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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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Literary Travel Inspiration

"What is true peace, I cannot know. A hundred wars have come and gone as I’ve grown old. I bear their burdens in my bones. Mine’s the...

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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Finding Different Products in Taiwan

I enjoy finding products that are different when I travel. Sometimes I find unusual/amusing products. Here are some different products from Taiwan.
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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.

The Art of Packing for Travel

It's not always easy packing for a trip, especially if it's a long one. Here are some of the essentials I pack to ensure I have what I need.
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Things I Won’t Miss About Taipei

I've already made my list of things that I'll miss about Taipei after I depart, so it was only fair to create another list of things I won't miss.
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What I’ll Miss About Taipei

As I prepare to move away from the city I've called temporary home for almost three years, I think of the things that I'll miss about Taipei.
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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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The Attraction of Vietnam: Not Quite a Love Story

There's something about Vietnam's major cities, Hanoi and Saigon, that attract me. I had a love-hate relationship during my time in both.

On Travel and Earthquakes

No one likes to think about natural disasters when traveling. Recent earthquakes in Italy & Myanmar got me thinking more about it.

The Cost of Being an Expat

This year's most expensive city for expats is Hong Kong, but is it really that expensive? What is the real cost of being an expat in various cities?

A Different Expat Experience

If I am not Ulysses, I am his dear, ruthless half brother. Strap me to the mast so I may endure night sirens -Yusef Komunyakaa, Latitudes This is not...