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Mar 14Liked by Matt Yao

I love this piece! I always have trouble explaining to friends why I'm done with traveling, as like you, I have chosen a few places to call home and cycle through. :) I'll be sending them this link the next time it comes up again.

I was hoping you could help share some insight: I'm curious, as you're based in NYC, where do you stay when you're there? Is it Airbnbs or short-term rentals, sublets or staying with family or another option althogehter? I also took a sabbatical and I'm now based in Europe in some seasons and in Asia the rest. I'm looking to specifically add new York to the mix and hope you can share some insight.

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Love this about traveling vs living

> When I’m traveling, I seek to understand more of the external world. The foreignness that’s present in the food, language, and culture is intentionally sought after. When I’m living (which I guess is whenever I’m not traveling), it’s more about understanding myself. Could I see myself here for years to come? What kind of person am I when I’m here?

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Ahhh I love this! Describes where I’m at in life perfectly. Makes me feel less alone in my choices. Thanks for putting this out there.

The big question is: how do you pick the next ski destination?! hahah

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Living seasonally (whether that's a life season or one that follows the weather) feels so RIGHT to me. Loved this read!

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Didn't realize we had moved to NYC at the same time! Loved your reflection on how you've found your version of home. As someone who moved around a lot when they were young, I don't know if uprooting homes is for me, but I think living across multiple places might be a better fit. Lots of things to chew on here!

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Love this piece. You are flowing

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