The Best Sushi Around the World

Sushi is my favorite food. I’d eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I could. (In fact, I have had it for breakfast before.) Since it is such a

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What I Learned on Vacation (or Thoughts on Travel Writing)

“Isn’t your life a vacation?” people asked me before my cruise. “You’re always traveling!” Yes, I’m always traveling, but it’s not a vacation — travel for me is work. It’s

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Answering Reader Mail: Travel, Life, TEFL, Instagram

Earlier this year, I started posting video Q&As on my Facebook page. But between slow Internet connections in rural Cambodia, a book to finish, and everyday life, I just couldn’t

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That Time I Went to Portugal and Fell Madly in Love With It

They say you just know when you’re in love. That this feeling of certainty comes over you as if you two were always destined for each other. While I’ve never

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7 Ways to Stay Motivated to Travel

Motivated people can achieve anything they set their mind to. But how does one stay motivated, especially to travel, when you are busy working and living life while your family and

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32 Travel Questions You Asked (With My Attempted Answers)

One thing I don’t do enough is answer your questions. Periodically, I have Q&As, but if my ongoing book tour has taught me anything, it’s that you have a lot

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Phnom Penh, I Love You!

It was 2007, and I was only meant to be in Phnom Penh for three days. I had less than a month in Cambodia before I moved to Thailand, and

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The Best Sunsets Around the World

It’s raining here in Bangkok, and as I was flipping through some photos, I realized I wanted to see some sun. Then I got the idea, why not blog about

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Traveling Without a Plan

On my first round-the-world trip in 2006, I planned everything. I knew where I was going and staying, for how long, and how I would get there. But over the

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Why Travel is Bad for the World

Travel is a good thing. I’ve encouraged people to do it in countless blog posts. But, in the rush to get people to travel, we often over look the negative

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