Being Reminded of How Little I Really Know Saved Me from Jadedness

Just when I was beginning to feel that I had everything figured out, many of my preconceived notions and expectations that I’ve accumulated through traveling have been placed upside down—or possibly, right-side-up. I share the story of this humbling experience, which has saved me from jadedness.

Aaron Ramirez

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When my plane landed in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I knew I was better off flying in from Bangkok than taking a mini-bus this time around. A 1 hour hop, instead of 9 hours stuffed into a sweltering van. I swiftly pass my co-passengers to the front of the immigration queue, because I knew to have the proper paperwork and photo ready for my visa-on-arrival. I knew to keep a crisp 100 dollar bill on me in order to avoid the high ATM fees at the airport. And I knew how to talk my way into getting a free…