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    One Minute Travel Videos

    I love anything that can really say about travel that I can't in an entire essay.  Rick Mereki made these incredible one minute shorts about three essential actions: move, learn, eat.  That is exactly what any person who is traveling should be doing.

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    How I Know a Favorite Place

    Whenever someone asks me what my favorite place is, that question is somehow inexplicably linked to the questions of how I know what my favorite place and why I travel. When you fall in love with a place, there is a moment where you can feel the location speaking to you. The character of the place is like no other place on the planet and the world is encapsulated with you, where you are, and the people around you.

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    USA Road Trip 2010: A Retrospective

    After about seven days on the road and a few days in Boston, I am ready to look back at the experience of driving across the country. From the coasts of the Pacific ocean to the shores of the Atlantic oceans, the journey in between is described as a lot of farms in the middle. If you are going to do a tour of the US, then be prepared for a lot of monotonous segments of scenery.

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    Back to blogging!

    My blogging has been kind of sporadic lately but it should pick up soon again! My life has been kind of a whirlwind but what ever happens in the near future, I will start blogging about my travel again.

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    Post LA Times Travel and Adventure Show Write-up

    Last weekend, my friends and I headed to the LA Times Travel and Adventure Show. Well, it was more like I dragged them there. By the way, convention organizers, you guys totally suck.

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    Why hostels are more than a budget option

    Most people who travel think of hostels as the budget option when they want to save some money. It is a good way to save money and stretch your traveling cash. Personally, the budgetary reason is why choose a lot of hostels when traveling. But...

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    Travel in China during Chinese New Year

    Thinking of traveling within China for Chinese New Year? One word: DON’T! It is absolutely one of the worst times to travel within China. For Americans, think of Thanksgiving travel but multiply the amount of people at the airport, train stations, and bus stations by...

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  • Vacationers at Labadee, Haiti

    Labadee, Haiti: Vacationing after a disaster

    How do you relax on a white sand beach when you know hundreds of thousands of people are suffering just one hundred kilometers away? That is the question facing many Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise passengers. Cruise lines have begun to port back into the...

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  • Personal Top Five Dream Food Pilgrimages

    Personal Top Five Dream Food Pilgrimages

    Prompted by the recent announcement by Ferran Adria that El Bulli in Roses, Spain will close its doors in the year 2012, I was inspired to write about my personal dream dining destinations around the globe. The restaurants I would like to go to are...

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  • Winter Snow in Vaihingen

    Planning your travel around the seasons

    There is nothing worse for a traveler than to be caught in the seasonal throws of mother nature. To go to Europe to find that everything closes early can draw out the time you spend in your hotel room. Monsoon seasons can keep you constantly...

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