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Returning to Familiar Tokyo

What has happened makes the world. Live on the edge, looking. -Robert Creeley, "Here" I started my current journey in Tokyo--I had wanted to visit Japan for a long time, and it...
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The Onward Self

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes." -Oscar Wilde I had wanted to write about my adventures here in Italy--the inspiring art of Florence, the...

On Departures

I have to say goodbye often--to the places with which I've become familiar, to routines I've developed, and most of all, to the great people I've met.
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Staying Healthy on the Road

Healthy traveling isn't always easy. After realizing I wasn't living a healthy lifestyle, I changed habits to make the journey better.
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Long Way Traveled

As I overlooked the sprawling city before the rain arrived, N Seoul Tower atop Namsan provided a reminder of just how far from home...
angkor wat

On Traveling Solo in Asia

Solo travel in Asia has its challenges that are sometimes exacerbated by the balance of life, sightseeing, and work. But it's still worth traveling alone.

Good Advice from Taipei

Sometimes the signs around cities are simple. Other times they're confusing. This one at the Lin An Tai Ancestral House (林安泰古厝) near the Expo...
vietnam cafe

Art of Travel Conversation

Starting conversations with fellow travelers is usually pretty easy, but some people need a reminder of what an appropriate conversation starter is.
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3 Weeks in Hanoi Is Too Much

Hanoi is an interesting city to visit. But staying for 3 weeks in Hanoi's Old Quarter can certainly wear down a traveler.
shinjuku tokyo

Celebrating Abroad

I've been working on the theory that birthdays abroad don't count. I like this theory because I've now celebrated six birthdays abroad (one in...
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Gone Fishin’

I'm getting ready to embark on yet another adventure. Because my job allows me to work from home, I'm moving, but not in the...
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Government Shut Down My Trip

What do you do when you're ready to leave on a trip & find that you can't stay where you planned? The government shutdown threw my travel plans into chaos.

Car-Free Life

Last year I made the decision to sell my car -- the only car I've ever owned (I bought it a month before I...
Invisible Cities

Traveler Reads: Invisible Cities

A review of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities from a travel perspective.
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Opening Doors to Travel

In the process of planning a potentially long-term trip through Asia with a lot of uncertainty. There are a lot of options on the table.