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Robert Schrader
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Attended University of Tampa
Lives in Austin, TX
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If you liked my teaser pictures from Thailand's Red Lotus Sea, you're going to love today's new blog post.
Thailand’s Red Lotus Sea is actually pink – real pink. A sea of flowers that goes on as far as the eye can see, it may be the pinkest place on Earth.
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You've never seen winter like this before!
The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is one of the most magical experiences on the planet. Check out my pictures and learn how you can travel there.
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I've never been winter's biggest fan. So why, might you ask, am I flying to one of the coldest places on Earth today?
As a lifelong hater/avoider of winter, there are few crazier places I could travel than where I’m headed later today.
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There are few better gifts in the world than having the privilege to share my work – and my life – with all of you. In that spirit, I'd like to take you back through my 2014 travel with me.

Merry Christmas!
As you celebrate Christmas – or don’t – celebrate an incredible year of travel with me as I recollect on my favorite travel experiences of 2014.
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If you've never thought about traveling to Rwanda, I have a feeling today's post is going to change that!

See my favorite pictures from the time I spent in the "Land of a Thousand Hills" – and learn why I came home nearly a week early, even though I greatly enjoyed my time there.
I left Rwanda early – but I did not leave empty. These 30 pictures, and the story behind them, will make you want to visit Rwanda, too.
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I’ll be heading to the Swiss Alps next February for my 30th birthday – that’s the good news. The better news? Whether you head to the Alps, Japan or somewhere else, you can book select ClubMed ski vacations before January 7, 2015 for unbelievably low prices.
The good news? I’m headed to the Alps to celebrate my 30th birthday in February. The better news? ClubMed is offering crazy discounts on skip trips.
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It took Elizabeth Gilbert months and months – and thousands of miles – to eat, pray and love. It took me just one full day in Osaka.
Want to “Eat, Pray, Love” without traveling to multiple countries for months on end? One day in Osaka, Japan should do the trick.
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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.
Beijing is a city everyone loves to hate – except me. Its rich history notwithstanding, Beijing is a place I associate with feelings of unbridled joy.
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On one hand, the "Best Places to Travel in 2015" list has already been done a million times. On the other, I haven't seen the majority of these unique destinations on anyone else's list.

Which of these places would you most like to visit in 2015?
Looking to make a serious dent in your bucket list next year? Check out this list of amazing places to travel in 2015, from East Africa to East Asia.
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I'm always on the lookout for new tools to make planning trips easier. Today, I'm taking a look at Amadeus.net. Have you ever used it?
If you’re looking for a new way to plan trips, check out my review of Amadeus.net to see if this is the right trip planning tool for you.
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What do David Lynch, my African safari and the meaning of life have in common? Read today's sprawling, stream-of-consciousness blog post to find out.
My safari in Tanzania has been much more than unreal landscapes and endless animals – it’s made me ponder the existence of everything.
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The good news? I'm headed to Tanzania and Rwanda for the next three weeks. The better news? I'll be sharing it all here, Internet permitting.
The good news? I’m headed to Tanzania and Rwanda for the next three weeks. The better news? I’ll be sharing it all here, Internet permitting.
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Writer/Photographer
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Blogging, writing, photography, copywriting, SEO, Web design, marketing, social media, public speaking
Employment
  • Leave Your Daily Hell
    Editor, 2010 - present
  • CNN
    Contributor, 2010 - 2010
  • EF Education First
    ESL Instructor, 2009 - 2010
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Austin, TX
Previously
Shanghai, China - Tampa, Florida - Fenton, Missouri - Sylvania, Ohio - Houston, TX
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Idiosyncratic, offbeat travel writer and photographer making rockstar dreams happen on lounge singer income.
Introduction
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?
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I've traveled to 50 countries, had my work featured on CNN and haven't set foot in an office in almost four years.
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  • 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!
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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!
Food: Very GoodDecor: Poor - FairService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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!
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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I ate here for the first time today and I was absolutely floored. Great food, great service and a great Russian-kitsch atmosphere. I'll definitely be back!
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago
Nuevo Leon offers up tasty Mexican food at decent prices. Is the ambiance world-class? Absolutely not! But then, you get what you pay for.
Atmosphere: GoodDecor: Poor - FairService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago