June 22, 2013

If you’ve spent time overseas and are now preparing for a job interview, read this

I recently wrote a guest post for Cate’s website, Small Planet Studio, about the one question that people don’t even know they screwed up at job interviews: “Tell me about yourself.” Most people just ramble on in chronological order about all the jobs they had. That’s boring and it is the incorrect way to answer […]

April 20, 2013

Doing Something Later is Not the Same as Doing it Better

I’ve read a lot of cheesy business/self-help books, and most of them have the same “discover yourself first, then take action” message. The writers are very heavy on the former, and give very unhelpful guidance on the latter. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter by Meg Jay does not fall into that trap, and instead, […]

March 30, 2013

When everything is fine, but it’s not

Imagine you’re young and living in your hometown. You’re working or are in school or both. You have friends, you have fun with them sometimes and no one thinks your slacking and everything is just fine. Everyone thinks your fine and on the outside everything looks fine. Except, you don’t feel like everything is fine. […]

March 26, 2013

Don’t underestimate the power of nostalgia: 3 things I learned from 10 days in Germany

When you travel, do you return to familiar places or opt for somewhere you’ve never been? Last month I had the opportunity to go back to Germany, where I used to live. The conference I attended was in Stuttgart, which is where I spent a year studying in college. When I decided to spend an […]

March 12, 2013

Are We Evolutionarily Hard-Wired to Travel?

Humans have evolved for conditions in the African savanna. Biologically, we are most suited to living the lifestyle of the forager or hunter-gatherer. In Steven Pinker’s book, How the Mind Works, Pinker does a deep dive into the human brain from an evolutionary perspective. He covers a wide range of topics from visual information processing […]

February 26, 2013

Which is better when it comes to living and traveling abroad: breadth or depth?

Today I’m flying to Germany. For 15 years Germany was a HUGE part of my life. I lived there for almost four years. My BA, MAT and PhD are in German.  I taught German for several years. I read, spoke, and listened to German nearly every day. Guess how much time I’ve spent there since […]

February 19, 2013

Sometimes a Quick Trip is All You Need…

This past weekend I went up to visit NYC to visit a high school friend I haven’t seen in a few years. I’ve also never really explored NYC on my own (only short trips with the family) so I was excited to get away for the long weekend. I saw a few sights. I walked […]

February 5, 2013

Does Travel Help You Cope with Failure?

Cate and I were chatting the other day and we were trying to figure out what some of the themes of our next batch of TrekDek cards will be. One theme we came up with is “problem-solving.” We thought about all the times that travel has forced us to deal with setbacks on the fly […]

January 31, 2013

The Missing Piece in Your Travel Prep

I’m going abroad next month for work so I’m thinking about travel preparations. I admit it; my first thought was, and usually is, what am I going to wear? But then my mind automatically turned to cross-cultural preparation, because to me that’s as important as packing clothes. I never used to prepare much beyond buying […]

January 22, 2013

French Women Don’t Get Fat (and Thoughts on Cultural Habits)

I’m half-way through a book called French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. I started reading it because I was fascinated by this New York Times article on French parenting which mentioned Mireille’s book and, also being in interested in diet and fitness, figured I’d learn something new from reading a book for American women about […]

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