People love to hate on Beijing, but it was one of the first places in the world I ever felt unbridled joy. Today's post, which chronicles my return to Beijing this week, is an ode to the Chinese capital – and to myself.
Idiosyncratic, offbeat travel writer and photographer making rockstar dreams happen on lounge singer income.
I was raised middle-class in the Midwest and my income is probably lower than yours. Using a combination of hard-work, determination and outside-the-box thinking, however, I’ve been able to travel like a rockstar for the past several years — on my own dime. This is something anybody, including you, can do. Want to learn how?
I've traveled to 50 countries, had my work featured on CNN and haven't set foot in an office in almost four years.
University of Tampa
Writing, 2003 - 2006
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Rio Rita has a lot of potential to be a great place to hangout, but it's also got a lot of barriers. Its rustic ambiance is a bit too dusty and dark; its delicious drinks are a little too expensive; and its cool staff sometimes verge on being cold. Oh well – yay for infused vodka!
East Side King offers up great food – that's the good news. The bad news? It's a f*cking food trailer, and each dish costs the same as a similar one in a sit-down restaurant. Good thing most ESK customers are too drunk to care!
Progress is one of my favorite coffee haunts. Not only are their iced toddies amazing – especially if you get them with Mexican vanilla – but their quiet atmosphere makes it a great place to get work done. Plus, I'm not gonna lie: I have a crush on one of their employees!