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So this whole group travel thing -- it genuinely took me by surprise. I didn't expect how much I'd love getting to know my fellow Contikiers in Mykonos, how I'd love rediscovering Santorini with them, or how much fun my new friends and I would have raging and recovering in Ios. I couldn't have anticipated…

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Ios is an island that comes to life after dark. I mean, the beachfront daylight hours are fairly epic themselves. But people don't really come to Ios for the paddleboarding. It's a nice distraction from the hangovers, sure. But for the most part, backpackers flock to Ios for one undeniable reason -- to get their…

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Mykonos was a Vegas-style blowout. Santorini was a peaceful retreat. But Ios may have been the stop I was most looking forward to on my Contiki Greek island tour. The island is a notorious stop on the world's backpacker party circuit -- sun and fun enthusiasts flock there every summer, lured by the promise of…

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Greetings from Cambodia! I've spent the last week split between two of my favorite cities in the world, Bangkok and Phnom Penh. My time in Bangkok was a bittersweet goodbye to Thailand that hasn't quite sunk in yet, but was filled nonetheless with temples, markets, movies (I finally saw Gone Girl!) and some world class…

Birthday Post

One week ago, I turned twenty-five. A quarter century! I wanted to write something big to commemorate it. Something epic and meaningful. Something like this. But honestly? I've found myself in a bit of a slump lately -- with my writing, my work, and my travels. I used to laugh at warnings of the mythical quarter…

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