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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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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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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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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Culture & Quirks

Having the chance to not just have a vacation in another country, but actually live there and experience the lifestyle lets you have a deeper level of understanding with the little cultural quirks that make the country what it is. For me, Thailand came with quite the culture shock, and it took me a very…

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Sai Bai Dee Phi Mai! – Buddhist New Year Celebrations

Throughout my time in Thailand and traveling in Southeast Asia, I experienced countless unforgettable experiences that would be difficult to express fully in writing.  Out of all the experiences I had, I’d have to say one of the most unique and memorable was celebrating “Songkran” or “Phi Mai” – the Buddhist New Year.  The Buddhist…

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To laugh or to cry…

Native English speaker… check, College graduate… check, TESOL certificate course in Chiang Mai (learn to be a teacher for 3 weeks before arriving at your school)… check – okay, looks like I’m ready to go! Sounds simple enough right? Teach English in Thailand and get paid, free travel, easy life? Well it’s not exactly as…

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Culture Shock – “What’s Different?

I’ve now officially been living in Thailand for three months. People back home often ask questions like “What’s it like there?” and my first response is “It’s very different”.  Then I get a question like “What’s different there?” Now that’s a difficult question for me to answer, as that would entail just about everything. Transportation, food, culture,…

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Learning to Teach…

Some days my life still doesn’t feel real. I lived abroad before, but this has been a completely new experience for me. First a week in Bangkok, then a month in Chiang Mai, now I’m living in a local city Kamphaeng Phet. Every day is something new, every day still I find myself amazed. Still,…

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