Why Being Born Multi-Cultural is a Gift, Not a Curse

Growing up in the United States as an American native in a Caribbean influenced household, many of my values, interests, and ways of thinking have been shaped with a Jamaican view. We grow up in a constant identity crisis because we straddle both cultures and don’t fit perfectly anywhere. This carries over to my experiences abroad in Taiwan, even when I’m halfway across the world...but it...

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How You’re Being Prejudiced Against Immigrants Without Even Noticing

Sometimes I get asked whether I’ve ever been a victim of prejudice here in the Netherlands. My answer is always the same: no, I’ve never had anyone being utterly rude to me. No one ever shouted “immigrant, go home” towards me. Prejudice, at least towards privileged immigrants like me, is manifested in subtle ways.

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Dear Backpackers: Stop Calling Yourselves Poor

Dear Backpackers is a new series addressing issues within the backpacking and budget travel community. If you would like to contribute, please contact us with your pitch. Dear Backpackers, Please stop calling yourselves poor. Please stop telling cab drivers and market vendors that you’re broke. Please stop haggling over pennies and asking for pity because […]

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Why I’m Boycotting Travel Bloggers, and You Should Too

Edit: Wow, I was not at all expecting this kind of response to my post. Thank you all so much for your likes and shares, but mostly for your comments! In the end, all I really wanted to do was spark discussion, and I’m glad I did. I’d like to respond to a comment I’m […]

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Study Abroad: Does Re-Entry Shock Ever Go Away?

Six years ago, I was given an opportunity to see parts of the world that, at this point in my life, had only existed in pictures and books in history and English classes. The Pyramids of Giza, the Roman Coliseum, and the Parthenon in Greece were about to leap from their pages and become tangible […]

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My Best Friend Moved Abroad, and I Lost My Shit

My best friend moved abroad, and then my other best friend did the same, all in one year. To be honest, I didn’t think I could deal. But it turns out I could. And there are some hidden benefits to having friends overseas. Let me start from the beginning. My last job wasn’t great. On paper, […]

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