Remote Year

How I Stopped Complaining

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I used to include just a single affirmation, “Every day in every way, I am getting better and better,” in my morning routine. Over the years, this has blossomed into several paragraphs describing how I show up, multiple Bible verses about my faith, a few lines of poetry about my new city, and a slick 6-page slide deck vision board about my future. (I might...
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The sacrifice

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It can be tricky deciding how much of what you care about is you, and how much of it is what your culture has told you is valuable. I often feel this push and pull when it comes to working on my passions. Editing is lonely work, it needs to be done in quiet and it takes hours of intense concentration. But our culture, and...
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Moving to a New City is Easy

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Lol just kidding. It’s terrible and hard.BUT. There’s a reason the city you're in now isn’t doing it for you. And chances are you don’t feel like trying to make it work there anymore. Or maybe you just want to see new places, meet different people, see the real affects of culture and lifestyle on your joy and contentment.I moved to Los Angeles because I...
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I Jumped Off a Bridge (and You Can Too!)

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Usually a leap of faith isn’t meant literally. When I spent the weekend in Guatapé, Colombia I didn’t even realize I would be taking one. The experience was already better than I was expecting. The group of us, who had been traveling together for 11 months with Remote Year, rode on the top of vans down the breathtaking countryside, hiked up to see landscape views...
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3 Ways to Save Money When Living Abroad

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There is no feeling like leaving familiar territory for the cities and countries you’ve only visited in your dreams. But regardless of whether you’re walking the streets of Tokyo, lounging on a beach in Ghana, or hiking the trails of Patagonia, you’ll need to make sure your bank account remains as healthy as your Instagram feed. I’m here to help. After months of living abroad,...
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What Does International Allyship Look Like During Pride Month?

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As a heterosexual Black woman, the identities I often use to examine a culture and its history as I travel are based on race, gender, and occasionally class. One lens I’m privileged to not have to consider as deeply is sexual orientation and presentation. In general, traveling abroad opens your eyes in all the expected ways. You try new food. You test new languages. You...
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Geishas are Not Sex Workers: A Reflection on Travel in Japan

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I saw the movie Memoirs of a Geisha a few plane rides ago. Wanting to learn something about the city and the culture I would soon be spending a month living in, Kyoto, Japan, I did what any reasonable person would do. I ignored books and articles and went straight to the movies.If you haven’t seen it (and knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t recommend it), the...
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3 Ways to Not Die When Dating Internationally

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We all know true love knows no bounds and recognizes no visa requirements. We also know that what you’re looking for when you’re lonely and swiping on Tinder and Bumble from your hostel or a random cafe where you can’t pronounce any of the menu items, could not even loosely be described as love. But for the sake of this article, let’s pretend that it is.The warm embrace of a stranger...
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Three Things I Learned from the Monks in Thailand

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One of the delights of Chiang Mai, Thailand (and there are many), is that as you wander through the unmarked streets, smog lovingly stretching across the horizon, as you pass the countless temples, you might randomly cross paths with a monk. Adorned in orange, their hair cut close, monks blend in seamlessly with the city. Up until now, I had only seen monks through American...
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What's magic, anyway?

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I live in Los Angeles now so I saw a lot of people in real life that I had only seen on TV before. It was weird. First it was elating, and unbelievable, and exciting. And then it was just another human being talking.I spent some of the time amused (these were comedy shows). I spent a good amount of the time questioning why I...
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