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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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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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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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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Daily Life: Kamphaeng Phet

It always happens, time flies by and next thing you know the thing you were waiting for and excited about is happening.  And the next thing you know, that experience is over and somehow 6 months have passed.  I knew it from the beginning.  I made sure to appreciate each day and live for the…

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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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Week 1 – Exploring Bangkok

It’s Thursday September 22nd around 7pm – all my bags are packed and in the car. It’s all I’ve been thinking about and preparing for all summer, and the day has finally arrived. My parents and my best friend take me to the airport – I arrive at JFK around 10:30pm to wait for a…

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My Second Love

I guess you could say I fell in love again. Only not with a person, but with a place. I didn’t quite know what to expect when I decided to study abroad, but I didn’t expect to become so attached to this country. In fact, I didn’t know much about Costa Rica until I started…

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