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It Pays to Do Your Homework

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It Pays to Do Your Homework

I just booked my first Thai massage, which proved to be quite an adventure. After doing my research, I found a credible spot around the corner from my Airbnb. The English-version of their website refused to load for me, but I did enough browsing on the Czech page to know their pricing model is all wonky. Which brings me to how I almost got fleeced...

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Notebooks with a Soul

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Notebooks with a Soul

I haven’t spent enough time talking to strangers. In order to meet new people and get an insider’s look into Prague, I signed up for my first Airbnb experience (their more recent foray outside of lodging).

Perhaps it’s because I work with so many creative makers, am fanatical about to-do lists, and consider myself an old soul, but one session stood out from the rest…

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The Language Barrier

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The Language Barrier

For this European adventure, I intentionally made sure I had my lodging and flights arranged in advance (I would have suffered a mild panic attack otherwise), but as for my daily activities, I wanted the option to choose as I go. No “must-see lists” — just me waking up each day and deciding what I felt like doing.

One of my biggest anxieties around travel is that I’ll have an unsatisfying meal (sad, yet true)…

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Everyone’s an Entrepreneur

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Everyone’s an Entrepreneur

Walking is my favorite way to get acclimated to a new city. I’ve spent many enjoyable hours over the past week strolling through narrow cobblestone alleys, ancient walled cities, and bustling piazzas throughout Rome, Tuscany, and Dubrovnik.

In each of these different places, I keep coming back to two primary observations…

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A Calculated Risk

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A Calculated Risk

“I took a calculated risk.” That’s how my story begins. In July of 2011, I decided to pick up and move from New York City to Chicago without a job or an established network in place. I had only spent one cold, rainy weekend in The Windy City, but it seemed like a perfectly suitable place to call home. For many, this seemed like a wild idea, especially for a Type-A planner like me…

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