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When the Travel Plan Doesn’t Pan Out

Travel doesn't always go as planned. But sometimes, it works out for the best as it did for me when I had to quickly re-plan my trip in Myanmar.

In Response to Fear & Travel Warnings

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, Mali, and elsewhere, there’s plenty of fear to go around, but should you change your travel plans?
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How Not to Plan a Vacation

It’s been a while since I planned a vacation--and even longer since I planned a trip beyond a few basics. I'm not so good at vacation planning.
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Returning to Stable Expat Life

I have returned to Taipei to begin a new job and settle into a more stable expat life, which means a little less traveling.

On Returning Home

It's not always easy returning home after an extended period of time away. Reverse culture shock is real, and it's complicated by jetlag.
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Being an Expat Is Not All Travel and Sunshine

Living abroad is not as exciting as most people think; same goes for working from home. Living abroad is just that--living, just in another country.

Introverted Travel or Social Avoidance?

A response to Yahoo! Travel's article "18 Essential Tips for Introverted Travelers," which reinforces stereotypes and encourages poor travel habits.

That’s Why the TSA Wants to Give Me a Free Colonoscopy

Ever wonder why you got singled out for that airport search? Well, the TSA's secret list of behaviors that could get you a free colonoscopy was leaked.
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Memories and Travel

Sometimes our memories fail us. We don't remember things as they happened, and sometimes we have false memories. Sometimes this happens while traveling.
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Nationality Spotting Abroad

In response to Yahoo's How to Spot an American Abroad, here's a sarcastic look at how to spot other nationalities while traveling.

On Studying Abroad

A personal experience of studying abroad in London and reasons more students should take a semester or year abroad to do more than just travel.

Another Birthday Abroad

"We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories... And those that carry us forward, are dreams." -H.G. Wells,...
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Conversation at a Cambodian Girl Bar

A conversation with a young Cambodian woman who works at one of Phnom Penh's girl bars.
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Highlights from My Year of Travel

It's been a year since I departed the familiarity of New Jersey for the linguist confusion of a life in foreign lands. These are my travel highlights.
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Facing Reality While Traveling

While traveling through some less developed countries, we're bound to encounter poverty and lifestyles that are unfamiliar to us.