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The Quest

At first, you weren’t sure you had it in you. Fear, doubt, naysayers, and what-ifs threatened to hold you back. You left anyway, determined to see it out. The people around you talked about consequences and the risk of uncertainty. Wouldn’t it be safer not to go? Wouldn’t you be better off homebound, shut off…

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Questions to Ask of the People Who Make the Rules

What, exactly, are the rules? Why do these rules exist? By whose authority are these rules upheld? What’s more important—the spirit or letter of these rules? Has anyone ever found or been granted an exception to these rules? Could these rules be bent, modified, overlooked, or otherwise changed? Will someone be penalized for excelling under…

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Midnight Flight to Nowhere

I think it was Pico Iyer who said that every flight to Calcutta arrives at 3am. Whoever it was, they were right, and it’s not just Calcutta—all over the world, travelers are coming and going at odd times. In some places, the arrivals and departures happen mostly at night. Technically, a red-eye flight refers to…

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Twenty-Three Year-Old Nate Damm Walks Across America

When I met the young and ambitious Nate Damm in Portland, Maine (AKA “East Coast Portland”) in September 2010, he told me about his plan to walk across America. Wow. Really? The whole country? It sounded incredible… so incredible that I couldn’t really get my head around it. At the time, I was just beginning…

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The Sense of Loss in a Big Adventure

An unexpected thing happened on the streets of Seoul, Korea. I’ve been to Seoul several times, and don’t really feel anything special about it. It’s not a bad place in any way, and perhaps I’d like it more if I spent more time there. I just don’t think of Seoul in a special way, as…

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Qualifications

Sometimes people ask about my qualifications. It’s a fair question with a simple answer: I have none. There’s absolutely no reason I should be doing pretty much anything I’m doing these days. I was a high school dropout and a juvenile delinquent. I learned to drive by stealing cars, but since I was a slow…

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“Working From the Road” Class Now Available

Last month’s low-cost travel hacking class filled up quickly, and I’ve had a lot of requests for another. This time, I’d like to do something different—the topic is: “Working from the Road: How to Make a Living While Seeing the World.” If you’re interested, you can sign up here: NOW SOLD OUT — Thanks for…

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A Placeholder Post for Mr. Jobs

I was planning to launch an online class today (“Working From the Road”), but when I heard the news last night, I knew it was better to wait. For those who are interested, we’ll release the class tomorrow. Here at AONC, we never miss a scheduled post, so we’re putting this up today. *** Whenever…

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Detour to Australia

It was all going so well. I had made it to three island countries in the Pacific: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. All of them were interesting in their own way, if a bit small. OK, small isn’t the word: they were tiny. There is literally one road in Majuru, the capital of the Marshall…

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