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Reflections on a Decade of Growth and Travel

I am 29 years and 364 days old today. Tomorrow is the big 3-0. A new decade, the end of an amazing era. I have been mourning my 20s for the past few months and going through the five stages of grief (I have only recently come to accept it). It’s not necessarily that I …

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Keeping Your Money Safe While Traveling

I’m a little ashamed to admit this: in the 13 years I’ve been regularly traveling abroad, I’ve never used a money belt of any kind. Never. Once, I flew home from Korea with $5,000 US in cash, just laying in my carry-on bag. I was so afraid of something happening to it that I never …

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Travelers-Please Stop Taking Photos!

One of my most vivid memories from all of my years of traveling is from the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. During our safari in the crater, we watched a wildebeest give birth. We saw the calf lying on the ground, still connected to its mother by the umbilical cord. Then, as the mother was passing …

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Why the Nomadic Heart Can’t Be Satisfied

I always want to be on the opposite side of the world from where I am.  I’ve read some interesting posts lately, from Adventurous Kate’s musings “On Living in Perpetual Motion“, to the equally as eloquent  “Why the Nomadic Lifestyle Can’t Last” by the Mochilera Diaries. Posts that have greatly resonated with me as I …

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How to Find Cheap Flights Like a Pro

Without a doubt, the most common question I’m asked is “How do I find cheap flights?”. The sad answer is that there’s no secret website that has all of the cheap flights for sale, but if you’re willing to put in some work you can usually find some great deals. Since I’m asked this so much, …

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Never Make a Bucket List

The bucket list. Presumably everyone has one, in varying states of completion. A bucket list is, quite simply, a list of things you want to do before you die, a.k.a. “kick the bucket”, goals you are deferring to a later date and time. I am here to tell you one thing: never make a bucket …

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