travel

24 Dec 2023

How to Travel to Hong Kong on the Cheap

I recently went to Hong Kong and did it incredibly cheaply. Everyone talks about how expensive Hong Kong is, and to be fair, if you want to, you can spend a lot of money. But it’s also possible to do it quite cheaply. This is how I did it: Flights

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A person.
08 Oct 2023

This Trailer Park Outside Joshua Tree Is Everything

There’s Prince waltzing through the air over an astroturf-surrounded pool in the middle of the desert. A hot tub on a watchtower is directly above you, cold wind sweeping over your face and making frost of the splashes of water. There’s a giant ball pit, children and adults alike firing

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27 Jan 2024

The San Francisco Beer Passport is Here!

Step into a world of adventure with the San Francisco Beer Passport. There’s no better way to explore San Francisco than to literally drink it in. This passport is amazing! Each one contains 27 coupons to buy one beer, get a second beer FREE at 27 of the finest locally

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Vista
14 Aug 2023

The Come Down Is Rough As Hell. But At Least There’s Puerto Rico.

BY DENA ROD Welcome to The Transgender Sabbatical Blues, an ongoing series exploring Dena Rod’s experience as a transgender, non-binary, Iranian American Bay Area local who took a five-week sabbatical all over the Northern Hemisphere. “I’m still on the boat,” Becky said, and I knew exactly what she meant. As soon as

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Tintin stuff.
07 Aug 2023

United States’ Official Tintin Store Lies in The Bay Area

When I was 19 years old and trying to explain to my then-10 year old brother what I was studying at college, I said “It’s what Tintin does.” Now, not everyday of work as a journalist feels like canoeing on the Amazon River or dodging giant apes on a Scottish

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Boat.
31 Jul 2023

This Baydestrian Took to The High Seas on a Badass Boat

BY DENA ROD Welcome to The Transgender Sabbatical Blues, an ongoing series exploring Dena Rod’s experience as a transgender, non-binary, Iranian American Bay Area local who took a five-week sabbatical all over the Northern Hemisphere. We were about to experience #BOATLIFE. Sure, you may have heard of #VANLIFE but have you heard

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A train.
24 Jul 2023

Traveling in America Means Confronting Its Shitty Past

BY DENA ROD What started as grief and loss over Iranians fighting for their freedom shifted into gratitude. I was a US citizen. That gave me an untold privilege that has always echoed throughout my entire life.  When traveling to Iran became an impossibility rather than a high-stakes travel goal, I

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A beach.
17 Jul 2023

When You Can’t Go Home, You Get on A Boat

BY DENA ROD Welcome to The Transgender Sabbatical Blues, an ongoing series exploring Dena Rod’s experience as a transgender, non-binary, Iranian American Bay Area local who took a five-week sabbatical all over the Northern Hemisphere. But stopped I was. Without anyone responding to me on WhatsApp, there was no way that I

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27 Jun 2023

Life In Japan From The Perspective Of A Bay Area Native

Written by Arianna Hayes Having been a resident of Nagoya for about seven years, I was asked to write about the differences between The Bay Area and Japan. I’m sure you’re expecting to hear about how Japan supersedes America in all forms, and how anime is amazing. I mean, the

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