Four Years of Credit Card Hacking

Since beginning full-time work four years ago, I’ve successfully leveraged the opening and closing of seven credit cards for remarkably cheap travel. I’ve been over the oceans and across the nation, all for a fraction of the cost. And four years later, I’m still going strong. Some refer to this art as travel hacking or credit card churning, for the legal and clever exploitation of airline-branded credit … Continue reading Four Years of Credit Card Hacking

Doing Hard Things

This past weekend, I attended the Mountain Film Festival at the Trustees Theater in historic Savannah, Georgia. Based in Telluride, Colorado, the Mountain Film Festival is a traveling documentary group bringing adventure and outdoor films to cities across America. I’d heard good things about the MFF and even recognized a few adventure photographers on the bill. Despite feeling burned out from work, I decided to … Continue reading Doing Hard Things

Tracing My Family Genealogy

A couple of months ago, I discussed 23andMe with a friend. His sister participated in the service to learn more about her genetic make-up, specifically a breakdown of her common DNA traits with ethnicities around the world. For a modest cost (given the the advancement of genetic sequencing), she confirmed rumors and beliefs surrounding her ancestral origins. While I didn’t care much for receiving a pie chart … Continue reading Tracing My Family Genealogy

Resilient Communities

This past Monday evening, I attended an Emergent Savannah event titled Connect, Reflect: A World Cafe Conversation About Building Resilience. I noticed the flyer at my local coffee shop over a week ago and thought it sounded up my alley. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I knew they modeled the event off the World Cafe, which is a (commonly discovered) conversation methodology … Continue reading Resilient Communities

The Double-Edged Sword of Tourism

A few weeks ago, I returned from an incredible journey around Iceland’s Ring Road, an 800+ mile circumnavigation of one of the world’s smallest countries by population. And because of that, much of my trip consisted of driving through towns so small–if you blink, you’d miss ’em. On the order of hundreds of inhabitants, these sleepy seaside fishing villages have been exactly that for centuries. … Continue reading The Double-Edged Sword of Tourism

The Largest Cause of Financial Distress

I’ve long thought and written about simplicity, minimalism, and essentialism–specifically their ability to challenge my perceptions of wants, needs, and life satisfaction. From material possessions to free time, I resolved to spend the limited resources I have (time, money, energy) in a way that connects my visions with reality. These concepts have forever altered the lens through which I evaluate the world. Remaining disciplined is … Continue reading The Largest Cause of Financial Distress

Back on the Map

Greetings from Savannah, Georgia! My last correspondence came from 35,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on my way to Manila, the capital of the Philippines. That was last October and I was in the midst of transitioning between jobs, learning things about myself, and satisfying a thirst for exploration. Since then, I’ve moved across the country, co-authored a New York Times best-selling book, and … Continue reading Back on the Map

Novelty vs Routine

​​Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, my feet are clad in thin, mass-produced, green tea-colored slippers courtesy of EVA Air. And I love them. I never wear slippers back in the States and couldn’t even tell you the last time I owned a pair. But on my flight to Taiwan, nothing seemed more alluring than partaking in this delightful custom. For far too many flights, my feet have been held hostage to the routine familiarity of American footwear. They shall be swelled and stifled no longer. On this trip, I think I’ll try something a little more novel.

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Create Your List of Core Values

Feeling directionless is a common occurrence these days. Luckily I’m not absent of directions per se; I’m simply unsure of which direction to run. Perhaps direction-confused is a better way of phrasing it. Whether bred from intentionality or sudden necessity, facing these existential questions is never easy. In these moments of uncertainty, I return to my list of values–or the principles in which I’ve decided to orchestrate my life–for guidance. Crafted from a space of clarity, I recorded my values to help direct all decisions: accepting a job, starting a relationship, or purchasing a product. The goal is not rigidity, but authenticity. Continue reading “Create Your List of Core Values”