7 Things I Miss When Im Abroad

By the time you read this, I’ll be on a plane bound for Colombia. During my three-week trip, I plan to explore not only Bogot and other large cities, but also coastal Taryona National Park, the Colombian coffee belt and of course Cartagena, where all the Secret Service hooker drama recently went down.
But that’s not what this post is about. Indeed, as I embark on my latest adventure abroad, I’m mentally preparing myself to do without all the things I miss most when I travel.
1. The Internet
The United States has the fastest, cheapest, most reliable Internet in the world. Think your connection is slow? Try visiting Myanmar, where it takes five minutes to load Google. Think it’s expensive? In Australia, access is sold by the unit, to the tune of $20 (or more) per gigabyte. As someone who earns his income online, I sorely miss American Internet when I’m abroad.
2. Supermarkets
Although the term “supermarket” is universal, the selection of products at international supermarkets is usually miles from super. Case in point? Cereal. When I lived in China, I routinely paid $10 or more for a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, on the rare occasion that I could find it. Ditto for retail pharmacies like Walgreen’s and CVS, whose opening hours alone have me hooked.
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