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Adoption update!

Hello everyone! Many of you may remember how Drew and I joined my older sister Rachel and her husband Zack as they traveled to Ukraine to bring home their adopted daughter Gianna.  (Which was easily the most meaningful… Read More

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Is Uber allowed at my destination airport?

When Drew and I were nomads, we would frequently check if Uber was available in our destination before we arrived. We were delighted when more and more cities got Uber, and we had to deal with taxi-haggling less… Read More

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Quick logistical tips about travel in Vietnam

South East Asia has some extremely beginner-friendly travel destinations.  For instance, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Cambodia all essentially have visas on arrival for US citizens, (or e-visas).  Not to mention tourist infrastructures that are fairly easy… Read More

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Reflections on Auschwitz, 2 years late

Today as I continued going through old travel footage, I came across a video taken exactly two years ago, to the day. The feeling of that life comes back immediately as I watch myself in the lens of… Read More

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Pro-tips for buying thrift

  As if it wasn’t strange enough to sign a lease for the first time in 3 and a half years, it was highlighted by the fact that we had nothing to fill our new place with.  Two bedrooms,… Read More

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Theth, Albania

The other morning as I dug my tennis shoes out of a bag in the rental car, I wondered how my shoes fit in my suitcase three weeks earlier.  I don’t buy souvenirs, so it wasn’t an issue of… Read More

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How your travel blog design is working against you

As a graphic designer, I feel embarrassed that my blog has had a very mediocre design for the last years.  To be honest, it’s kind of like the interior designer whose house is a clutter of unintentional and… Read More

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Music streaming abroad

In my pre-travel-is-free days, my flight routine used to include lots of pensive journaling as I looked out onto a cloud landscape and listened to my favorite iPod playlist. Those were the days when I actually used to own music…
Over the last five years, the frequency with which I purchase music has gone down to almost zero. (With the exception of my twin sister’s brand new album of course.) I don’t even pirate music anymore. I haven’t had a functioning iPod in years.

This is of course because the plethora of music streaming options now available make it so easy to listen to music without owning it.
But music streaming isn’t as impressive once you leave the US. When we first started traveling nomadically, there was a bit of a learning curve in finding which music services worked and where. Click to keep reading…

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Is it better to be an expat or a nomad?

Recently I did a tally of all the countries Drew and I have visited together, and which countries we’ve spent the most amount of time in. I think Drew has some ideas on how to analyze this information in interesting ways, but until that happens, the project has unearthed some interesting thoughts of my own, particularly as I compare my experiences as a nomad with Drew to my pre-Drew travels living, studying, and working in Northern Ireland.

I’m looking at this as a sort of comparison between living internationally as a nomad and living internationally as an “expat”, (or rather, like an expat, since my experiences were in the study-abroad context). The real comparison is between living an international but stationary life, and living an international but nomadic life. Click to keep reading…

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Thousand

Forgive me, but this post has nothing to do with travel, and is probably too personal for a travel blog, but I have never been one for under-sharing.

Have you ever witnessed someone becoming amazing at something? Where you can remember the first moments when the spark of something extra-ordinary appeared? Click to keep reading…