What I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling: The Rest Of The Story

Holy canoli! Did you just see the response from 50 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling? There were literally hundreds of years of traveling behind all of those gems. No wonder, then, as to date it has been re-tweeted more than 150 …

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50 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling

What do you wish you knew when you started traveling? “I wish I’d known much sooner how feasible slow travel can really be—taking your time makes travel inexpensive and much more rewarding. Every day tends to bring new challenges, but that’s a good thing. Travel is …

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Something I Should Have Done Ten Years Ago

At last. When this post goes live, I will be en route to Bogotá, Colombia, the start of my 3 month (minimum) trip abroad. It’s the first long-term travel I’ve ever done. I am so excited. I am totally stoked. I can’t even begin to …

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How I Accomplished My 2010 New Year’s Resolution and What I Learned In The Process

I did it. This past weekend I completed the final lesson in Pimsleur Spanish 3. This was a New Year’s resolution of mine that I kept, with a week to spare before the end of 2010. It was not easy… It was tedious at times. …

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The Paradox of Motivation

Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. -Soren Kierkegaard Learning a language is a project. It’s not something you can just do well “in your spare time” or while you are significantly committed to other things. I was reading a blog …

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How Fast Can You Really Learn Spanish?

How Fast?

As you may know, I am attempting to learn Spanish in preparation for my trip to Colombia. I have really been working hard at it during the last 2 weeks… trying to avoid things that slow me down, and often studying over an hour a …

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Overcoming the Dips in Learning Spanish

As of this writing, I have completed Spanish 1 and am in the middle of Spanish 2 of Pimsleur’s Spanish. Learning Spanish has been taking a long time, however. It has been nearly 6 months since I started, and –granted I am not living in …

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