Disconnected In Tokyo: A Cell Phone Nightmare

These days it’s easy to be a road warrior and travel to foreign lands when you have a smartphone in hand. You can translate language on the fly with Google Translate. You always know where you’re going with Google Maps or Apple Maps. Restaurant reviews are at your fingertips for any location you discover unless …

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Company Man to My Own Man – Becoming Unemployment Proof

Today’s guest post is from Adrian who blogs over at Clever and Lazy. Adrian reached out to me after hearing my guest spot on Choose FI and shared how he had a similar experience during the financial collapse in the late 2000’s. Adrian decided to reboot his career by moving to Shanghai, China. Here’s his …

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Medical Care Overseas: A Trip to the ER in Taiwan

ER Waiting Room Taiwan

I’ve been in Taipei, Taiwan for close to two weeks now. After the first couple of days I came down with a minor cold. I used to live in Taiwan, and I remember now that in Taipei, the winters tend to be cool and damp and having a mild cold and allergies was a common …

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I Got My Head Vacuumed in Taiwan

Taiwan Haircut

Man I love Asia, specifically Taiwan. I got a haircut yesterday for just $3 US dollars. Without regard to what I requested, as translated from English to Chinese via my girlfriend, then conveyed to the stylist, the cut was fairly standard Taiwan style which is high and tight. It looks well enough. For Three bucks …

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The American Salary is an Illusion

So I’m on day three of my mini-retirement.  I’m posted up in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a week or two and I’m thinking about the low cost of living and debating the merits of living in lower cost areas in Asia vs. the USA. In my opinion, the best reason to live in the US  …

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Mini Retirement Day 1: Bangkok, Thailand

So here I am on day one of my mini-retirement. I flew from Chicago to Bangkok with a layover in Shanghai.  I reached my destination around 1:00 am and grabbed a few hours of sleep and now it’s 10:00 AM.  What better way to start the day then hitting an American based international coffee chain? …

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Recently Fired? Why not Escape to Vietnam?

Vietnam is a great place to visit in Southeast Asia. If you’ve recently lost your job and are watching your budget, you’ll find Vietnam a very affordable place to stay for a good while and soak up asian culture. Delicious and healthy pho is plentiful from a variety of street vendors at prices that are a …

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