I’m Headed to East Timor!

In my quest to explore as many corners of the world as possible, I’ve found that some of my favorite destinations have been those that, for one reason or another, aren’t really on the tourism map yet. A couple of years ago, for example, I visited Brunei: a tiny, oil-rich sultanate that has hardly any tourism. The untouched rainforest, gleaming …

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How to Move Anywhere (New Book!)

I’ve just released a new book! But before getting to that, here’s the backstory… When I first wanted to move abroad back in 2014, I was working in operations at Bazaarvoice, an amazing tech company based in Austin. At the time, we had several overseas offices, but our operations function was centralized and no openings were available outside of the …

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Launching a Startup in 2018? Do It Here.

Last week, I read a recent report from the IMF that underscored the rapid economic growth taking place across Asia right now. According to the report, Asia has the most countries of any region in the “Top 10” for GDP growth this year (including Cambodia, Laos, India, and Vietnam). Some of this growth is no doubt due to China’s Belt and …

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The Top 10 Lessons I Learned in Suites Class

Some months back, I flew Suites Class on Singapore Airlines. The 5 hour flight from Singapore to Hong Kong wasn’t a particularly long one, but it was one of my favorite flights of my life. Rather than pay the $6,000 round-trip fare, I paid for the flight with a big handful of frequent flyer miles and $50 in taxes. Not …

A City of the Future: Exploring Downtown Chongqing

This is Part 3 in my series on Chongqing. For the rest, continue reading via the links below! I: Chongqing: An Introduction II: Sampling the Delights of Sichuan Cuisine III: Adventures in Modern Chongqing IV: Exploring Chongqing’s Old Town V: Hotel Review: Westin Chongqing Liberation Square As mentioned in my introduction to this series, my opinion is that Chongqing as a …

Hotpot and Beyond: Inside Chongqing’s Fiery Food Scene

This is Part 2 in my series on Chongqing. For the rest, continue reading via the links below! I: Chongqing: An Introduction II: Sampling the Delights of Sichuan Cuisine III: Adventures in Modern Chongqing IV: Exploring Chongqing’s Old Town V: Hotel Review: Westin Chongqing Liberation Square When in Chongqing, experiencing its food culture should be at the top of your list. The dining …

On Hotpot and Skyscrapers: Adventures in Chongqing

This is Part 1 in my series on Chongqing. For the rest, continue reading via the links below! I: Chongqing: An Introduction II: Inside Chongqing’s Fiery Food Scene III: Adventures in Modern Chongqing IV: Exploring Chongqing’s Old Town V: Hotel Review: Westin Chongqing Liberation Square I’ll say it right now: if Chongqing isn’t already on your list of places to travel, it …

From Singapore, to the Birth of “On Trade and Travel”

Most adventures start ordinarily enough, and this one was no different. It was a bright and sunny day in my adopted home of Singapore, and I was just walking out of the gleaming Marina Bay Financial Centre, one of the city-state’s most prominent monuments to open capitalism. I hopped on the pristinely clean MRT, and began the half-hour journey home. …