Staying Present

It sounds simple, but it’s so easy to forget. In this fast paced world we live in, people seem to forget to slow down. They forget to stop when they need to stop. We’re so used to moving, going, doing, constantly on the run to get something done. We need to remind ourselves it’s okay…

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Pieces of Pai – Favorite Spots

If you’re looking to experience authentic Thai culture, Pai probably isn’t the place to do it. Pai is 100% a backpacker town. Yet, it is a truly beautiful area with endless spots to explore. After going to Pai for a weekend trip while teaching (a long haul), I found it just wasn’t enough time. So I…

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Siem Reap: Exploring the Ancient City of Angkor

If you know something about Southeast Asia, you’ve probably heard about Angkor Wat – the world’s largest religious monument, one of the wonders of the world… It’s truly a surreal experience taking a walk through the ancient city of Angkor, where hundreds of ancient temple ruins remain incredibly well-preserved.  During my time in Siem Reap over a 4…

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Chiang Mai: Experience Northern Thailand

When most people think of Thailand, they picture the post-card image of long tail boats along gorgeous blue waters with limestone formations. However, this city located in the northern part of Thailand is quite a popular tourist spot as well with some spectacular landscapes and sightseeing destinations. Set amidst mountains, waterfalls and countless beautiful landscapes,…

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Bangkok: 10 Must-Do’s in the world’s hottest city

Bangkok … “City of Angels”… the world’s hottest city… my first destination in Southeast Asia, the first of many on an 8-month long life-changing journey – this is the place that first opened my eyes to the fascinating world of Thailand. Set along the Chao Phraya River, the beautiful skyline of Bangkok is one-of-a-kind. It’s…

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Kuala Lumpur: A City of Diversity

Malaysia is a unique country with an interesting blend of cultures and beautiful landscapes.  Although I only spent four days in the fascinating city of Kuala Lumpur, I now have to consider this my favorite place that I have traveled. I fell for this city immediately. Upon riding into the city from the airport, right…

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Footprints around the world…

I’ve got to say that traveling was always a dream of mine, and I’m so thankful I found the courage to make it come true for me.  In the past 2 years, I have gone from being the girl who daydreams about traveling to faraway lands to being a “worldly” traveler.  I’ve done things that I…

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13 Ways to Build a More Positive Life

I’ve always been an optimist, but it’s not always easy to stay positive and sometimes I find myself getting stuck… clinging to immediate pleasures or getting stuck in these negative habits which are hard to break.  Life just gets hard sometimes, and sometimes for no particular reason.  Although adjustments seem to have become a common…

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Life as a Solo Backpacker

After experiencing life as a solo backpacker for 2 months, I learned a lot about the lifestyle and about myself. It’s different from what I expected. Although I lived abroad through my study abroad program and taught English in Thailand, I had not experienced the true “backpacker” lifestyle. I soon discovered there is a big difference…

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