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embracing excellence and variation

One of the greatest decisions I’ve made in the last few months is to start focusing on the world’s best. I’m watching the world’s top films, reading its top books and authors, and trying out the world’s endless expanse of amazing cuisines. It’s been truly amazing. I’ve learned a lot, expanded my horizons, and enjoyed delicious food. I challenge you to do the same.

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and what kept me going

In just a few days I lost my backpack, my phone, almost lost my passport, and got food poisoning. I was ready to go home, but didn't. The magic of Asia came through and kept me going.

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as featured in Cambodia

Tourism brings hope for a better economy and standard of living to developing countries, but unfortunately, all too often it destroys the local culture, increases the presence of prostitution, hustling, drugs, and a general sense of capitalizing on the whims of tourists rather than building a self-sustaining economy. Cambodia is a prime example.

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Long-term backpacking is not a holiday or vacation. It's tiring, draining, and challenging just as much as it is awe-inspiring, educational, and fulfilling. Over the past 13 weeks of nomadic hoolanganism in Asia, I've noticed things developing within myself from my experiences that I threw down onto my computer screen. Here's my top 13 in 13.

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being white in Asia

Being white in Asia is a pretty confusing and frustrating experience. People take photos with and of you, do absurd double takes, point and stare, and start awkward conversations. It annoys me, mostly because it's insulting to everyone who isn't white, including themselves.

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The importance of languages

I love languages. Not knowing the local language is a confusing, humbling, and saddening experience, as I know I'm missing out on many missed opportunities for great friends and interactions -- and will leave these countries not truly understanding the culture.

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Thoughts induced by Taiwan

A solitary man, sitting on a train in a land faraway from his own. A land no less or more spectacular than the one he left behind, but profoundly different. These are his thoughts.

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The start of my 7+ month journey was not easy, leaving everything behind to explore parts unknown was difficult. It quickly escalated to some of the greatest and most varied travel moments of my life. HK was amazing, but I'm excited for what lies ahead.

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I rarely drink alcohol. The reasons why are a varied and complicated mix, and probably aren't the big ones you're thinking—namely, religion or previous addiction. I don't care if everyone around me drinks, in fact I often prefer it when they do, but here are my reasons why I rarely touch the stuff.

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