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I Dream of India: The Most Interesting Country in the World

Of the 53 countries I’ve traveled to, thus far, I can say without hesitation that India has been the most interesting. It was, from the moment I crossed the border from Nepal by foot, an assault on the senses in both good and bad ways. The food, the running riot

What’s It’s Been Like to Travel Under 3 US Presidents and Donald Trump

In the period of fifteen minutes this summer, while walking around the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, I witnessed two things which perfectly showed just how much who is president can impact how it feels to travel as an American. The first was a tour guide who pointed to a nearby

14 Ways Travel Has Changed Over the Last 20 Years

The other day I walked groin first into a poll while touring around Prague's Old Town. Sadly, this was not the result of me staring up at all the beautiful architecture in what I consider to be the most beautiful man-made city in the world. It happened because my eyes

Instituto Franklin: es lo que hay

A little over a year ago I enrolled in a program. The goal was to live in Spain, work as an ESL teacher, and obtain what was called a Master’s degree by the program. The courses were through Instituto Franklin which operated out of the historical Universidad de Alcalá facilities. There

11 Thoughts on Machu Picchu

I just returned from a tough, rewarding and thought provoking trip to several South American countries this summer. For me, like many people who travel down that way, the highlight of the trip was a visit to Machu Picchu in Peru. After going to see one of the modern seven

In Defense of Travel Snobs

I recently read an article I really enjoyed: Signs You’re Becoming a Travel Snob. I liked it because I agreed with much of what it said and felt it really tracked the different stages of personal growth and maturing I’ve gone through as someone who has been traveling the world

Being Western Doesn’t Mean Being White

This is an excerpt from Chapter 12 of the book Stranger in a Stranger Land: My Six Years in Korea. In it, I discuss my firsthand knowledge of an event that made national headlines in Korea in 2011 and highlighted how some of America's racial baggage showed itself in Korea's expat

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