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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

9 Ways I Still Haven’t Adjusted to Being Home

I recently celebrated the one year anniversary of my return to America after seven years living and traveling abroad. While looking back on things, I kept flashing back to the year-long trip around the world I sandwiched between my six years in Korea and my return home. I thought about

Dedicated to the Road: How Traveling Helped Me Write

One of the last things I did before publishing my book, Stranger in a Stranger Land: My Six Years in Korea, was work on the dedication section, not that the many people who I wanted to thank and acknowledge hadn’t been on my mind the whole time. I guess I

What a Korean American Learned about Korea from a Black American

Alex and I have been friends, co-workers and co-bloggers going back several years now to when we both lived in South Korea. While writing my book, Stranger in a Stranger Land: My Six Years in Korea, Alex graciously offered to help me edit it and also functioned as a cultural

10 Inexpensive Things To Do in the South

America is the 3rd most popular country for tourists in the world behind only France and China. And let's be real, if we didn't make it such a pain in the ass to get a visa to come here, we'd likely be number one. Regardless, millions of people still come every

Why Are Us Indian Guys So Creepy?

I, Sanjay, have been a creepy Indian guy. However, after staying in the West and travelling around, I have come to realize some of the reasons why us Indian guys come across as creepy to the Western world. I would like to give you some of the background of where

Why Aren’t There More Female Solo Travelers?

Why aren't there more female solo travelers? I have been asked this question on multiple occasions in the past few months, mostly by male travelers. While it seems innocuous enough, answering it becomes a bit problematic since it usually leads to over-generalizations and gender stereotypes. After discussing the issue with

Interesting Destinations For Your 2015 Bucket List

Interesting Destinations For Your 2015 Bucket List Sometimes there are amazing, and quiet, hideaways waiting for you just around the corner from top tourist destinations. You don't have to travel to Easter Island or West Africa just to get off the beaten track. Sometimes you don’t even have to travel outside

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