From a Dead End to Adventure: We Always Have a Choice

  • Aaron Ramirez
  • July 8, 2015

When wandering into New Caledonia, a French Island Territory at the edge of the South Pacific, I found myself feeling stuck. Only after remembering and exercising my freedom of choice, did I later end up on one of my greatest travel adventures yet… (read more)

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To Truly Cherish the Things That are Important to You, You Must First Discard

  • Aaron Ramirez
  • April 27, 2015

While living out of a backpack, I found there were possessions that I must part with, in order to truly appreciate the items that I love most… (read more)

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Being Reminded of How Little I Really Know Saved Me from Jadedness

  • Aaron Ramirez
  • April 1, 2015

Just when I was beginning to feel that I had everything figured out, many of my preconceived notions and expectations that I’ve accumulated through traveling have been placed upside down—or possibly, right-side-up. I share the story of this humbling experience, which has saved me from jadedness… (read more)

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A Traveling Introvert’s Struggle With Drinking and Socializing

  • Aaron Ramirez
  • February 17, 2015

Traveling—solo-travel in particular, has forced me to face up to my social discomforts. When I began this huge journey of mine I started off with getting smashed every other night. But the hangovers and wasted days in paradise began to make me question how I could keep things up this way… (read more)

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Having My Smart Phone Stolen Was a Godsend

  • Aaron Ramirez
  • February 9, 2015

A couple years ago when I went to Northern Borneo, I had my smartphone stolen. It turned out to be the best thing to happen to me on that trip… (read more)

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