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Why This Adventure-Seeker Is Going on a Cruise

Palm Trees in Puerto Rico

These are the last words I ever thought I’d be writing on this blog: I’m going on a cruise. For years I’ve been backpacking the world, traveling carry-on only, living with nothing except what’s on my back, and mostly letting the universe guide me through bizarre and oftentimes unforgiving situations. I love that kind of […]

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Losing a Year of My Life to Lyme Disease: Why I Went MIA and What Happens Next

Riding dirty in Baños, Ecuador

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you may have noticed some changes in the past year or so: the blog posts haven’t been as frequent, fewer of the photos I post on social media are mine, I’ve gone dark on Snapchat, and there’s not much evidence that I’ve been doing a […]

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Turning Down My Dream Job to Travel the World

Turning Down My Dream Job to Travel the World

I blinked myself out of a hazy snooze and squinted at my vibrating phone. It was the call I had been waiting for, but secretly dreading. I had applied for the job of my dreams, but contrary to everything I had been working toward, I found myself praying that I wouldn’t get it. Counterintuitively, the job […]

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Despite Feeling Guilty for Traveling, Sometimes You Just Have to Move On

Despite Feeling Guilty for Traveling, Sometimes You Just Have to Move On

I’ve visited ten countries in the past four years. It’s not an astronomical number, but that’s because I travel slowly. In fact, I’m inclined to just call it sporadic migration. I spent two-and-a-half years between Australia and New Zealand, followed by a year in Asia, which somehow blended into six months in America. It’s strange to be […]

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On Re-Entry and Reverse Culture Shock: Returning to the USA After 3.5 Years Abroad

On Re-Entry and Reverse Culture Shock: Returning to the United States After 13 Months in Asia

It’s 7am and the sun is rising. There’s a heavenly glow spread upon the rock cliffs that overlook the Gulf of Thailand. I scaled that jagged scarp last night just to get here. Waves crash and a hazy vapor of saltwater rises from the water. The blurry-eyed party-goers sway their bodies in unison; deep house […]

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How I Became a Man Without a Home

How I Became a Man Without a Home

When I left my home three years ago, I knew things would change in my absence. I just hadn’t anticipated it would happen like this. I’ve been traveling the world, on my own, for quite a good chunk of time. It’s been a life-changing journey, one filled with eye-openers and jaw-droppers, open hearts, expanding minds, […]

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Wandering the Streets of China: An Introspection. Is This Culture Shock?

Wandering the Streets of China: An Introspection. Is This Culture Shock?

I don’t even know where I am anymore. Sometimes my location on this great planet of ours doesn’t fully register until that Google Maps pin drops on my precise whereabouts. “Wow,” I think. I used to be there, and now I’m here. Less than two weeks ago I stepped foot on the Asian continent for […]

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