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Red gates, Kyoto

My First Impressions of Japan

Traveling in Japan was like nowhere else I've been, with each day a barrage of unique experiences. These are my first impressions of this wonderful country.

Rome Forum

Returning to the Eternal City

It had been twenty years since I last visited Rome, yet it took just a few hours for the city to get back under my skin.

Miradouro De Santa Iria

4 Amazing Days in the Azores

Everything you need for a kick-ass road trip around the gorgeous island of São Miguel in the Azores.

Bubbles and rocks, Acadia

Making the Most of a Day in Acadia National Park

How to get the most out of Acadia National Park when you totally underestimate how long you need there.

Still water, Lands End, Maine

Why the Hell Did It Take Me so Long to Go to Maine?

I'd always wanted to go to Maine, and when I finally did, all I could do was wonder what the hell had taken me so long.

Camino day 1 view

My Detailed Camino de Santiago Packing List

My updated guide to the gear I used while walking the Camino de Santiago Frances, Portuguese, and Finisterre routes.

Beachside trail, Camino Portuguese

A Guide to Walking the Portuguese Camino de Santiago

I walked the Camino Portuguese, from Porto to Santiago, Muxia, Finisterre, and back to Santiago again. Here's my detailed trip report, packing list, and planning guide.

Venice beach from the pier

Why I Stopped Hating Los Angeles

I had an irrational hatred of Los Angeles for the better part of two decades, yet it only took a few days to completely change my mind.

Tuna sandwich

That Time I Ate Portland

Sometimes I return to a city for the weather. Sometimes I return to a city for the culture. Sometimes I return to a city just to eat.

Black Sun sculpture

It Was 20 Years Ago Today: A Love Letter to Seattle

It's been nearly 20 years since I first visited Seattle. I loved it then, and despite the big changes in both of us, I still love it to this day.

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