Christmas in Brazil (and why you should accept rides from strangers!)

A few days before I left for Brazil, my coworker, Nancy, commented that I was a brave person; she said that she was impressed that I not only moved to Chicago by myself, but also that I travel to exotic places.  The funny thing is that I rarely FEEL brave.  If anything, it’s more acting […]

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In Defense Of Suitcases (Or, Backpacking Without A Backpack)

Now that the presidential elections are over, it’s time to move on to a more pressing debate: suitcases vs backpacks!  As I prepared for my around-the-world trip at the beginning of the year, I had a hard time deciding which type of luggage to choose.  As someone with Type A tendencies who likes to be ready […]

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

They say that all good things must come to an end, and as such, it was time to say goodbye to Hong Kong. In some ways, it was hard to leave HK, not just because it was a great travel destination, but also because it signified the end of my big world trip. Though, in […]

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