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April, 2016

  • 10 April

    My First Day Back in Edinburgh – At Last

    Selfie Back in Edinburgh on Arthur's Seat

    I’m back in Edinburgh. At last! It’s been almost exactly a year since I first landed here. So much has happened, maybe too much. In other words, I’ve been gone too long. Since I left last June, I’ve traveled through over twenty countries. I virtually circumnavigated the globe to get back, via SE Asia and the US. Recently, I’ve had …

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  • 5 April

    Why is America so Confusing


    America is completely incomprehensible, and even by “Americans.” I’m not talking about politics or GMOs or terrorist attacks. I’m talking about America! What spurred me to write this blog post was a traveler in Bangkok who got upset when I called myself an American. Not because I was from the USA, but because it was politically incorrect to say American …

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  • 1 April

    10 Sculptures That are (Maybe Not) Meant to be Rubbed

    Andras Hadik Statue for Sculptures to be Fondled

    All around the world, there are sculptures and statues which have significance when you touch them. It could be anything from good luck, fertility or simply returning to the same city in the future. And you could be touching anything from a toe to the head, a breast or a ball. Umm, yeah. You didn’t think that was just a …

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March, 2016

  • 26 March

    My First 3 Weeks Back in Europe, Helping on a Farm in Sweden

    Working on a Farm in Sweden

    I’m back in Europe! Yeay! I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks. Certainly makes a difference to slow down and go to one place at a time for a little while. Currently, that place is a farm in Sweden, near a tiny village called Sjuntorp. Never heard of it? Neither has anyone else in Sweden. Let’s back up a …

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  • 22 March

    5 Must-Visit Restaurants in Ghent, Belgium

    Picturesque Ghent (Restaurants in Ghent)

    Ghent is one of my favorite cities I’ve traveled to. During three days in 2015, I had a chance to see a good portion of the center of town, toured around by my amazing couchsurfing host Nele. I also took the free walking tour where Maria gave me some great suggestions where to eat. By the end of my visit …

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  • 12 March

    My Amazing Road Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway

    Selfie at the Beach #3

    Last week I left Seattle after an amazing five weeks, drove to Portland, and then continued out to the coast where I drove all the way down to southern California on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), and then back up to Oakland! Altogether, it was over 1500 miles of driving in one week. This is just one of those great stories about my travels, …

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February, 2016

  • 22 February

    Cheap Flights from the USA to Europe for Under $200

    Cheap Flights

    Last week, I purchased my ticket to return to Europe from the USA. I’m currently in Seattle, and I have a Workaway for the month of March in Sweden. I found a flight from Oakland to Stockholm for the whopping price of $203, including baggage! It’s safe to say I’ve gotten really good at finding cheap flights, especially since this …

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  • 18 February

    My Biggest Embarrassment of 2015 – The Untold Story

    Trafalgar Square Bathrooms Biggest Embarrasment

    There is a story from 2015 that I never mentioned in my blog because I was too embarrassed. But what good is a travel blog if it doesn’t include the juicy details. So here my biggest embarrassment of 2015. On June 8th, I arrived back in London after spending five weeks in Edinburgh. I had scheduled to explore London for …

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  • 11 February

    I’ve Worked Out the First Law of the Traveler

    Law of the Traveler Selfie

    In 2015, I traveled over 37,000 miles to 35 countries, had the best meals of my life and met thousands of new friends. It wasn’t long into my travels when I realized what the Law of the Traveler is. For years, I used to read the bucket lists of other travelers, hearing about the most adventurous and beautiful places around …

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  • 9 February

    Exploring the West Hylebos Wetlands in Federal Way

    West Hylebos Wetlands

    West Hylebos Wetlands is located in Federal Way, 20 miles south of Seattle, Washington. It’s not the biggest park in the area, but the 120 acres make large enough to enjoy for a couple hours. Currently it’s only two blocks away from where I’m staying, so I’ve visited more than once in the past couple weeks. The park, open from …

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  • 4 February

    Why Orcas Island the Most Beautiful Place in the USA

    Selfie at Mt Constitution Lookout

    For my first trip of my second year of travel, my host Kristin and I drove up to Whidbey Island to visit her brother Tyler and sister-in-law Jocelyn. The whole weekend was a blast, but the highlight was our day trip to Orcas Island. For many years when I was little, my mom and I made an annual trip to Orcas Island. …

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January, 2016

  • 31 January

    My Second Year of Travel Begins with Homemade Sushi

    Homemade Sushi Floral Display

    I’ve just started my second year of travel with one of the best dinners ever – homemade sushi! Lots of it. Made to perfection and by a true artist of a chef. For the past week I’ve been staying with a fellow traveler, Kristin, in Federal Way, Washington just south of Seattle. On Friday, we drove up to Oak Harbor on …

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  • 29 January

    Day 365: What A Year of Travel Looks Like – By the Numbers

    Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary

    Today is my one year anniversary for traveling internationally. When I look back at how far I’ve come in 365 days, it’s a little humbling. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers this year. 35 Countries Europe (28) Serbia Slovakia Spain Sweden Turkey United Kingdom Vatican City   Asia (5) Cambodia China Hong Kong Malaysia Thailand North America (2) Canada United …

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  • 27 January

    My Adventures in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Three King's Monument, Chiang Mai

    I initially didn’t bother writing a blog post about Chiang Mai, for why would I when it’s one of the top two digital nomad cities in the world (along with Medellín, Columbia), and every other blogger has already written about it? However, I now have time to fill in the gaps of my blog, and I’m realizing my story there …

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  • 22 January

    My Favorite Place I Traveled To in 2015

    Favorite Place in the World

    Whenever anyone asks, I say that my favorite place is Edinburgh. The truth is Edinburgh is my favorite city, but the world “place” is really general. I have a lot of favorite places. I’ll try to break it down here into specifics. Favorite City First, I should clarify why Edinburgh is my favorite city. It’s easy to simply say Edinburgh is …

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