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How To Travel When You Can’t Actually Go Anywhere

June 20, 2017
How To Travel When You Can’t Actually Go Anywhere

Having wanderlust feels like your soul is lit on fire. Being ‘bit by the travel bug’ makes you feel like that bug had rabies, and now you’re crawling out of your skin. The only way to satisfy that urge to sell your stuff and jump on a plane is……to travel. Or, is it? There’s nothing worse than a wanderlust itch that you aren’t able to scratch. Sometimes, even though we want to travel, it’s just not in the cards. Usually,…

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Wrapping up: What I gained from my life in Chiang Mai

September 13, 2015

It’s been nearly seven months that I’ve been living in Chiang Mai and as my yearning to leave grows stronger, I find it necessary to sit back and reflect on my time here. From walking the streets with my resume back in March to now being looked at as a “veteran” expat within the community, my experience in this city has constantly evolved. While some days were filled with hate for my teaching contract and apartment lease ball and chain,…

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How to Arrange a Temple Stay on Mt. Koya, Japan

September 8, 2015

Updated: September 2017   Visiting Japan was high on my travel bucket list. After booking a stay in Osaka and Kyoto, I decided to look for a more authentic, Japanese experience. With the usual tourist spots covered on my itinerary, I wanted to shake things up a bit and do something that was more of a Japanese experience than just sneaking photos of Geisha girls on the street. I decided on a temple stay on Mt. Koya. A Japanese temple…

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Vegan Restaurants in Chiang Mai: A Breakdown of my Favorites

September 6, 2015

I’m not going to lie to you and say that traveling while vegan is a piece of (dairy free) cake. Between language barriers and different concepts of what vegan actually means, (fish sauce still comes from an animal god damit!) successfully receiving a meal that you can actually eat can be difficult. So, when I moved to Chiang Mai after more than a year living in Asia, and realized the availability and variety of vegan food, I almost fainted with…

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A Weekend Trip to Pai, Thailand

August 12, 2015

When I was still in America, living at home, weekend trips consisted of road journeys to the Jersey Shore or up to Mt. Pocono to fish at the trout farm. Don’t get me wrong, these destinations are interesting in their own right but dodging hoards of jellyfish and clumps of seaweed in the murky Atlantic gets old after twenty-some years. Now, temporarily stationed in Thailand, weekend trips have become much more inspiring. Pai is a small mountain town about a…

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A Coffee House in a Tree and a Buddha Adorned Cave: A Day Trip From Chiang Mai

August 4, 2015

Part of the fun, or rather, the point of slow travel is having the time to explore areas of a destination that you otherwise would have skipped. If I had just been traveling through Chiang Mai for a week or so, The Giant, a tree house coffee shop about 90 minutes outside the city, probably wouldn’t have made the cut on my travel itinerary. Despite the café’s uniqueness, the city’s Muay Thai fights, extravagant temples and bustling markets would have…

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A Week in The Life- Thailand

July 26, 2015

When people travel and live lives abroad, they tend to post only their most interesting and glamorous photos. I know that my Instagram is filled with photos of me bathing elephants, taking motorbike journeys through jungles and exploring exotic locations. I wanted to remind everyone who is considering a life abroad or just admiring the life style, that the day to day experience is often thrilling but also down to Earth and sometimes challenging. Whether you’re interested or not, here…

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A Lesson in Drinking Before a Flight

July 15, 2015

Photo Credit: Annie Mole Traveling teaches me lots of lessons and whether they are bestowed upon me gently with an inspirational insight or harshly with painful reminders, they are all worthy of my attention. So, on an 18-hour flight from New York to China, I was taught an important one- if you get absolutely smashed before a flight, chances are, you may end up puking in your purse. If I ever had doubt about my decision to move to China…

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4 Ways to Prepare Yourself For a Nomadic Life

May 25, 2015

Finally ready to take the leap from full-time daydreaming, wanderlusting and map obsessing to full-time nomad? Good, it’s about time. If you want to be successful at living a life moving from place to place, it is in your best interest to get some preparation out of the way. Yeah, some of it is boring and tedious but if you deal with it before you set off, it will be all smooth sailing. This isn’t a vacation, it’s your life,…

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How To Make The Best of a Visa Run to Vientiane

May 3, 2015

The dreaded visa run. It is an inevitable experience when living in Thailand. With most people coming from nearby Chiang Mai to extend their stay for travel or work, a short trip often turns into a nightmare. People you meet may vent about their horrid experiences, but it doesn’t have to be that way for you. Here is a helpful guide on making the best out of your visa run to Vientiane. Time is Precious Give yourself enough time. Nothing…

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