10 Signs You’ve Been in Asia Too Long

by Jason -- June 5, 2013

Asia can be quite the culture shock when you first arrive from the western world. Once you start getting accustomed and understanding the traditions, however, you’ll find Asia to be uniquely appealing and you will truly start to appreciate it.

The following quiz, though, is for someone who may have found Asia a little too appealing; for someone who has fallen in love too deeply.

Note: I originally wrote this post in August 2010 while we were in the middle of our original 1-year trip. It’s finally time to hit publish!

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The Art of Finding Anyone’s Email Addresses

by Jason -- May 22, 2013


Since taking on my current sales/business development role, one of the skills I’ve gained is the ability to find almost anyone’s email address. It’s an odd skill, but I’ve found it to be useful time and time again. There’s a system to how I do it, and in the following post, I’ll share the system.

Update (5/29): Due to the popularity of this post, I’ve decided to build a Gmail tool that automates this process. More information is at the end of the post. Continue Reading

Unanchor Semi-Annual 2-Day Sale — FREE Travel Guides Thursday & Friday Only!

by Jason -- May 9, 2013

It’s time again for another Unanchor Kindle Travel Guide 2-day sale! Starting today (May 9) through Friday (May 10), we have 100 Unanchor Amazon Kindle travel guides available for FREE! See below for direct links to every guide.

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The Sales Email Template with Nearly 100% Response Rate

by Jason -- April 18, 2013


The past year I’ve been working for This Week In and LAUNCH. My job has primarily been comprised of sales and business development. It’s my first sales job and has been a huge learning experience from prospecting, to finding almost anyone’s email address, learning empathy, and most importantly, how to write a good email. While I still have a long way to go on the email front, I wanted to share my favorite email template.

This email has gotten such a high response rate that I debated just keeping it to myself. Many people have literally not responded in months to me and then they get this email and are so impressed by it that they’ve not only responded, but have complimented me on the email. Continue Reading

Unanchor Holiday 2-Day Sale – FREE Travel Guides Thursday & Friday only!

by Jason -- December 13, 2012

The dream of Unanchor is still alive and kicking. The amount of time I can personally dedicate to working on the site has significantly decreased, but despite that, the site continues to grow. We have over 130 itineraries on Unanchor.com and over 70 Kindle books now. In 2012 we’ve had monthly revenue grow from $100 per month to over $1500 per month. It’s been a fun 2012. And we’re ending the year with a HUGE sale.

It’s time again for another Unanchor Kindle Travel Guide 2-day sale! Starting today (12/13) through Friday (12/14), we have over 70 Unanchor Amazon Kindle travel guides available for FREE.

Why do we run these sales? To get reviews! If you download a guide, it would be a tremendous help to us if you could also leave a review. See below for all of the links and details.

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Unanchor Summer 2-Day Sale – FREE Travel Guides Thursday & Friday Only!

by Jason -- July 12, 2012

It’s time again for another Unanchor Kindle Travel Guide sale! Our last sale was a huge success and we’re making it bigger and better this time. We have over 20 Unanchor Amazon Kindle travel guides available for FREE. See below for all of the links. Continue Reading

Housewifery, Pregnancy, and Me

by Sharon -- June 4, 2012

It’s hard to believe we were still residents of South Korea a little over 3 months ago. We have changed virtually every aspect of our lives since then; Jason works full time while I am now the Housewife, we live in a city where we can communicate without circus gestures, we have carpeted floors in our apartment, our shower is a separate entity from the bathroom as a whole, we’re expecting our first baby (girl) in October, and most importantly… we have a garbage disposal.

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Coming Back Home – Reverse Culture Shock, Life in SF & Work

by Jason -- May 29, 2012

Batteries to Bluff Hike

It’s been a common question — what’s it like being back home? In this hodgepodge post I wanted to give an update on the “reverse culture shock” I experienced, what it’s like being back home and what I’m doing now for work.

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Unanchor Update – FREE Travel Guides on Kindle – Today & Tomorrow Only!

by Jason -- May 18, 2012

What’s been going on?

Sharon and I have settled down in San Francisco’s Nob Hill area and are really enjoying being back. I’ve even found myself a day job — more on this in a future post.

I haven’t given up on Unanchor though. Mohammad and I are still plugging away on the business as our nights & weekend project.

What’s Unanchor?

As a quick reminder — Unanchor is a marketplace of online travel guides that we call self-guided tour itineraries. Our itineraries are all written by local experts and are the perfect solution for the last-minute traveler. We say it’s like having your own local tour guide, but at your own pace. Check out an example of San Francisco.

Get Our Guides FREE on Amazon!

We’re continually exploring ways to get our awesome itineraries in the hands of more travelers. Our most recent channel to do so is through the Amazon Kindle store. And to kick things off, we’re offering 10 of our most popular itineraries for FREE today & tomorrow only. Please tell your friends, and as always, let us know what you think of the guides — we need your feedback to make them better.

Here’s what’s available:

Mix and Match your Travel Accommodations!

by Sharon -- April 25, 2012

We are officially San Francisco residents! Jason and I might have thrown in our travel towels for the time being, but our time abroad did leave us with some valuable insight into the many different types of accommodations to choose from. Many people assume that all long-time backpackers book hostels and that all short-time vacationists choose hotels. In reality, there are infinite ways to mix and match, and I personally believe it makes your trip more exciting; one week you’re in a hostel, then the next weekend you’re in a homestay followed by a week at a $7 luxury hotel (only if you’re in a country as cheap and awesome as Vietnam).

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