The Cost of Moving Your Stuff Across the Country

My trunk and back seat of my compact vehicle only allowed me to bring a fraction of my current possessions, so I dumped a lot of free and near-free furniture I’ve acquired over the years and any books I could get as e-books through the Los Angeles Public Library digital media borrowing program (hint: if you never turn your Kindle’s Wi-Fi on and just use the USB to transfer books onto your Kindle, you can never lose your "borrowed" books).

I Joined the Peace Corps to Keep From Becoming an Asshole (It Worked, Mostly)

Jia Tolentino joined the Peace Corps to see how the rest of the world lives, and to try living like that herself.

Travel the World By Not Paying Rent

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the majority of my twenties traveling across five continents and temporarily living in some of the most exciting cities on earth: London, Los Angeles, and New York City—with long stints in Paraguay and Belize. I’ve been able to afford this, not because of a trust fund, but because I rarely have to pay rent.