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Career
How to Know If You
How to Know If You’re Taking an Intelligent Career Risk
Published on August 6, 2014
Whether we are talking about new business prospects, having kids, or even traveling long-term, there is never a “perfect moment.” When there is a critical decision involved, the only thing you can be sure about is that there will always be important variables to juggle, risks to take, and boulders of challenges strewn across your path.   Especially when it comes to career decisions, the sweetest rewards often come from bold choices made in the face of blatant uncertainty: the individual who joins a rocky start-up during its launch phase and becomes a millionaire after the company's initial public offering (IPO), the one who invests in the Nigerian banking sector before the signs of return are abundantly clear, or the investment […]   READ MORE
Finding a Job These Days: A Practical Guide to Unconventional Job-Hunting
Finding a Job These Days: A Practical Guide to Unconventional Job-Hunting
Published on October 6, 2013
Photo credit: toughmotivation.wordpress.com   One of the most common questions I receive from this site is: “How did you find your job?” “How can I find one I love just as much?”   Here is my attempt to answer this question with as much step-by-step practicality that I think is more or less universally applicable whether you are hunting for your first, second, or fifth job, have a PhD or a high school diploma, are an engineer or a fashion designer.   It’s also focused on social and slightly unconventional job-hunting.   Hey, you asked how I did it. This is what actually WORKS!   Timeline   First things first, it is important to begin a serious job hunt a […]   READ MORE
The Most Important Question
The Most Important Question
Published on January 3, 2013
Figuring out what to do professionally is one of the more intense growing pains any of us ambitious 20-somethings will experience.   And lately I feel like I’m in a 24/7 quarter-life crisis.   I’m sure I’m not alone here.   (…Right?)   So in order to try to get to the bottom of my own career woes, I have begun to ask myself, “Elaina, what would you do if time, money, and failure were not an issue?”   Because 95% of the time these the things that hold us back from pursuing something we would really love to do.   That doesn’t make enough money. I wouldn’t be good enough. I would have to go back to school. No one […]   READ MORE
Travel
A Wanderer
A Wanderer’s Home
Published on January 14, 2014
I teetered in my living room in downtown Ulaanbaatar with a backpack slung over each of my shoulders, clothes sticking out of one and a laptop bulging out of the other, cords hanging down over the sides of the zippers. I pulled on my boots and tearfully kissed my Mongolian kitten goodbye, leaving him purring cluelessly in the arms of my roommate. My knees bulged under the weight of literally all of my possessions as I closed the door on a place I had been calling home for the past 3 months.   It was a week before Christmas and I was finally bound for Home with a capital H, although the irony of leaving one home to go to another […]   READ MORE
Road Warrior Secrets: 15 Little Things I Never Travel Without
Road Warrior Secrets: 15 Little Things I Never Travel Without
Published on October 28, 2013
Photo credit: Hostelling International USA   When people ask me where I live, I jokingly reply, “out of my suitcase.”   These days I am perpetually packed for 11 months of the year, never knowing if I will land in the South Pacific or Siberia.   True story: I was in Istanbul, packed for a 3-month assignment in Papua New Guinea when my office called to tell me my project was canceled and I’d be heading to Mongolia instead.   Slight change of plans, right?   Although my situation is a bit extreme, like all travel warriors, I know what I need, I know what I don’t need, and I know how to charm the airline staff at check-in so […]   READ MORE
Top 10 Tricks for Budget Travelers
Top 10 Tricks for Budget Travelers
Published on January 24, 2013
As someone who has done a fair amount of vagabonding, I have become something of an expert on spending months on the road with very little money. People tend to think I’m secretly rich because of the amount of traveling I do, but reality couldn’t be any farther from that assumption. It all comes down to saving well, planning properly, and spending strategically.   Here are my personal top 10 tricks for not going broke on the road.   1.  Invest in good gear up-front, take care of it, and don’t lose it. Having a great pack (it is either your best friend or your worst enemy when you’re traveling), solid good footwear (I’m a big Chacos fan), and great organizers […]   READ MORE

 

Life
How to Change Your Life in Two Minutes
How to Change Your Life in Two Minutes
Published on October 29, 2014
This post was originally published on Thought Catalog.    Photo credit: LinkedIn   I sat sipping coffee with a friend in Addis Ababa, the sun setting on one of Africa's pulsating capital cities. Women in high heels and business suits teetered along the gravel roads outside the window as jam-packed white and blue minibuses streamed by and men in tattered sandals hawked cigarettes and chewing gum among the crowds making their way home.     “How's your family?” he asked delicately, his words punctuated in that distinctly East African singsong. “They must miss you when you're so far away.”     My Kenyan companion was not far from his home in Nairobi, but distance is distance and he seemed to understand […]   READ MORE
3 Steps To Overhaul Your Relationship With Money
3 Steps To Overhaul Your Relationship With Money
Published on October 5, 2014
Source: JamesAltucher.com   Step 1: Know The Enemy, Define What You Control   What explains why are there 9 different kinds of ketchup in a supermarket in Canada and no running water in Kenya? What contributes to rising divorce rates, falling birth rates, and over-population? What has incentivized America's widespread consumption of processed foods? What stands as a barrier to healthy and well-educated children worldwide?   The answer is money, where virtually every injustice, senseless government policy, or frustrated human being has its roots. When the realization hits that we live in a world full of blatant, destructive inefficiencies and inhabitants driven to the brink of insanity by some sacred colored paper we invented, it begs for further analysis.   […]   READ MORE
10 Simple Rules For Making The Most Of Relationships In Your 20s
10 Simple Rules For Making The Most Of Relationships In Your 20s
Published on July 15, 2014
(Note: This article was originally a guest post, published on Thought Catalog)   Not many twenty-somethings want to be “tied down” before 30, but many of us also crave something less superficial than a series of one night stands. This balancing act – of having fun while still learning how to connect meaningfully with other human beings – is a unique challenge faced by our generation of unmarried and exploratory twenty-to-thirty year-olds.    While dating guys on virtually every continent, I’ve found that pursuing fulfilling yet usually non-committal relationships is a universal phenomena faced by sophisticated young people of every background and nationality.    In the process of crossing linguistic, cultural, and geographical barriers, I’ve discovered a few things that make […]   READ MORE
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Originally from New York State, I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in International Studies and Mandarin in 2011. I worked for a Fortune 500 company as a management consultant until April 2013, when I quit in pursuit of growth and adventure. I now move to a new country every 3 months, where I execute marketing projects in emerging markets.

 

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Top 10 Tricks for Budget Travelers

As someone who has done a fair amount of vagabonding, I have become something of an expert on spending months on the road with very little money. People tend to think I’m secretly rich because of the amount of traveling I do, but reality couldn’t be any farther from that assumption. It all comes down to saving well, planning properly, and spending strategically.

 

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