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I Was Inspired to Travel Because My Brother Had Cancer

May 11, 2016

The first time I ever got on a plane was because my brother had cancer. Sure, we used to travel to the Jersey Shore every summer as kids, but this time, it involved a plane, it felt more real. <3 We found out at a soccer game, Ryan’s team had just shot the winning goal and he lifted his shirt up in a heat releasing victory dance. My mom was the one who saw it, all the way across the…

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What Happens When You go Broke From Traveling

April 7, 2016

I spent all of my money traveling. Well, I suppose that ALL of it is a bit dramatic. I checked my bank account today and $402 is all that’s in it. Even less now that I bought a can of beans and a pepper for dinner. $ Actually, I think that this is the least amount of money I’ve ever had in my whole life. I mean, even before I started on the babysitting hustle at age 12 (yup, people…

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Thoughts On Going “Home”

March 31, 2016

Our time in New Zealand is coming to an end. Some days, it feels like that end is way too far away and others, like today, it seems quite near. In just under one week, our epic journey from China all the way down to New Zealand comes to an end and we begin our travels back “home.”   When we come across NZ locals asking us about our travels here, we tell them that soon we will travel back…

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6 Signs That You Should Take a Break From Traveling

March 7, 2016

I want to go home. I want it more than anything right now but I won’t do it. Not yet. Seeing my mom’s face would mean the world to me, but seeing the world means a lot to me too. I’ve been away for nearly three years and I won’t go home until I’ve finished the itinerary I set out to do. Because, well, I’ll regret it if I don’t. While a life of travel is indeed a privilege, sometimes…

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Books That Will De-Program You From Society (American Society At Least)

March 5, 2016

I feel like I am de-programmed from American society. It happened over time and it didn’t happen completely, but my views on life, government, authority and the way things SHOULD be has dramatically shifted over the years. I don’t know what happened and I don’t know why but I DO know that I have read a lot of books that keep fueling this fire which is slowly burning away at the foundation of the “American Dream” that was beat into…

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How a Chinese Muslim Helped This American Atheist Realize That No One Escapes The 20-Something Struggle

December 30, 2015

Beth was part of my plan to get out of Thailand. She was a means to an end. I needed to make some extra cash to quit my teaching job, pack my bags and move to Bali for a new start.   Plus, teaching Beth would be easy. She was a 25 year old translator in China with incredible English skills and I would only have to make conversation with her via Skype a few times a week. I took…

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Why The Scammers of SE Asia Are Ruining it For Themselves

December 7, 2015
South East Asia Scams

I just want to start off by saying that this has little to do with money. What this is about is morals, principal, knowing right from wrong and being a decent person.   I want to address the amount of tourist scams going on in SE Asia. Let me just stop to mention that I’m fully aware of the backlash this is going to get me.   From the “What does it matter? You have a lot more money than…

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Oops! I Booked a Party Tour in Ha Long Bay

September 26, 2015
ha long bay vietnam

Our ten year anniversary felt like a big deal, especially after spending the previous year doing long distance. Since my boyfriend and I had recently moved to Hanoi, Vietnam, it was an easy decision to spend our special day at Ha Long Bay. Based on the recommendation of a friend, we booked onto the Castaway tour for 3 days and 2 nights on a secluded island in the bay. Sounds magical right? We thought so too. Things began to seem…

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Why Americans Should Travel Before College

May 12, 2015

Seventeen, eighteen-this is the age when most Americans are told they need to decide what they are going to do with the rest of their lives. Decide on a major, choose your classes-we are told to make these decisions based on the careers we are supposed to have figured out before we are even of legal drinking age. We work our asses off, go into debt and more often than not leave after four years not even remotely interested in…

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