An American in China – Things I Wish I Knew Before Going

China is an amazing country! If you love history, diversity, culture and food then China is a place you’re going to want to visit. While I really enjoyed my recent trip to China there are a few things I wish someone had told me before I left. I recall dramatically thinking, “the internet failed me” as I encountered one unforeseen…

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The Best Reasons to Visit Cuba or Avoid It

Having recently returned from a trip to Cuba as a freelance journalist, I can tell you that it is a place unlike any other. I’ve traveled a lot, been around, seen some things, but after about five hours in Cuba I knew that this was an entirely new experience, and one that would leave an impression on me. Let me…

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The Decay of American Culture Illustrated by Google 2015 Search Trends

It seems that every generation in the United States perceives that the present situation is the worst it has ever been. People have been talking about how corrupt, sinful and immoral society is since before the founding of our country. This is true of other nations as well. There seems to be this built-in perception that society is in a…

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How to Spot an American Tourist When You’re Traveling Abroad

The United States, like everywhere in the world, has its own way of doing things. This includes how we speak, interact with others and the cultural and social norms we admire and those we find odd. Having been all over the world and seen thousands of my fellow countrymen checking out the latest and greatest many different corners of the…

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6 Unexpected Surprises You’ll Encounter in Paris, France

Paris is such an interesting place. I love that city! It’s super-easy to get around and aside from being perhaps the most iconic and romantic city on Earth, it’s a place you’ll walk around and occasionally get the notion that you might even like to live there one day. Aside from being filled with nostalgia, expectations of grandeur and romance,…

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Confusing Flags From Around the Globe

The more I travel, the more I seem to run into symbols and flags that mean something in one area but mean something entirely different somewhere else. Sometimes I see symbols that are a little confusing and realize there are some differences when I take time to look really closely. Nevertheless, our world if full of symbols and flags are…

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Machu Picchu – 5 Tips for a Perfect Experience

Recently I spent a few weeks traveling around Peru and decided that one of the places I needed to see was Machu Picchu, the amazing ruins that attract millions of people, located high atop a mountain in the Sacred Valley. Shocker right? Well, it’s definitely the most popular attraction in Peru, but I wanted to see it for a different…

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Two Native American Cultures and the One Factor That Made all the Difference

The world is interesting isn’t it? It seems that no matter where you look you can see lessons that appear clear given the convenience of hindsight. I began researching the historic lifestyles of a number of different Native American tribes and happened upon two that lived in stark contrast and, in my mind, present us with a valuable lesson. Keep…

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Top 4 areas to stay when you visit Mexico City

Having just returned home from an amazing trip to Mexico City (District Federal or DF), I now have a firm grasp of the various areas of the city and what they provide a traveler. It’s pretty clear cut in my mind, there are really four areas in Mexico City that offer you amazing views, quiet, peaceful surroundings and plenty of…

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2 Weeks in Peru – Everything you need to know for a perfect trip!

Two weeks isn’t a long time, but it’s the amount of time most people are going to have for a vacation or holiday excursion. Given this, I chose to take two weeks to tour some of Peru’s most interesting areas in hopes of giving you information that will make your trip to Peru enjoyable and stress-free. This blog article isn’t…

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