Ikigai

Gatwick drones, Heathrow groans

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All flights cancelled. Somewhere in the world, an industrial-sized drone is being operated by a human being—8 years old, 18 years experience in world politics—who knows who it is. And in the meantime, 119,000 people are put out of a flight during the holidays.Shit, am I a travel blogger or a CNN journalist? What was originally intended as a personal getaway with a friend who happened...
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Journeyers over Consecutive Years

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A couple weeks ago I reunited with a large contingent of my Remote Year Ikigai friends as we celebrated the wedding of one of the couples from our crew (congrats to Todd and Rebeca!). Seventeen of us stayed together at the loveliest cottages in rural Washington. That Saturday morning, I woke up before the rest […]
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Borrow From My Bookshelf – Part 5

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To me, summer means turning off technology and reading in the sunshine instead. Whether it’s at a park, on the dock, in a hammock, by the beach or sitting on a patio with a crisp glass of rosé, one of my favourite ways to spend the summer is with my nose in a book. With that in mind, here are ten of the most memorable books that...
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Things I Will Miss About Japan

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1. Heated Toilet Seats: It’s not every day that you come across a toilet seat that’s heated, flushes on it’s own, and plays distracting music at the touch of a button. How the rest of the world hasn’t adopted Japan’s high-tech toilet seats is a mystery to me. 2. Little Kids in Hats: Japan undoubtedly has the cutest kids and since many of the school uniforms...
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How to Live Like a Remote in Your Own Town

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Many people who seek an experience like Remote Year are looking to expand their horizons and take them out of their routine. Remote Year definitely does that. But there’s a limit that’s built into program that’s in the name itself: It’s just for a year. And if you’re like me, you have a home to […]
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Wearing Heels (and other things I can’t stand post-traveling the world )

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Travel is all fun and games until you do it for 18 months straight. Up until now, there's nothing I loved more than a panoramic view or a badass church where Jesus still lives.There's nothing a stranger loves to bring up more after hearing that you did this than saying something like, "OMG WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE?!" (Some day, when Black Mirror is our...
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Find Your Happy Place

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I’ve been working remotely around the world for almost a year. Travelling through fifteen different countries and over twice as many cities. That means I’ve slept in countless different beds. Slept on every type of pillow you can imagine and some that you wouldn’t want to. I’ve lived out of a suitcase containing clothes for all four seasons – from a bathing suit to a...
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Crash Landing

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I’m on the first plane out of the country since I got back to the States that we say are United (You guys, they totally aren’t, WTF is up with America?) and it’s as good a reason as any to finally write another blog. (Mostly because I already watched all the available episodes of Parks and Rec and there’s no wifi. Still, good enough.)I’ve been putting...
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Air travel: a service design analysis

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This part one of a multi-part, in-depth analysis of painpoints, service paths and key performance indicators (KPIs) in the process of moving to another country. Parts 1–3 deal with air travel.Part one: Procuring tickets and checking in.Here’s the thing about Finland. It rains. A lot. All the time. Combined with Apple’s space grey-like darkness for three months, it makes a man miserable. No fun. I’m guessing that’s...
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Courage Freedom Happiness book is Coming Soon!

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It's been two solid months of writing, editing, designing and photo editing to put together this travelogue with life hacks for living as a digital nomad. I'm thrilled it will be published soon. Just putting the finishing touches on the interior. Though it's taking a little longer than I hoped because I keep getting lost in the photos. Trying to pick just a few is...
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