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Blogaversary Five: How I Make and Spend Money Blogging thumbnail

"And Alex here is a professional travel blogger!" I cringe hearing the words come out of my travel companion's mouth, and immediately starting looking for an escape route from the moving vehicle I'm currently riding in. The questions start firing from all directions. So you're able to support yourself with that? Who pays for that? Yes…

Blogaversary Year Five: Facts and Figures thumbnail

Last week, I celebrated five years of travel with a big ‘ol look over my shoulder at the last twelve months of border hopping. Today, I’m switching gears and celebrating the other big anniversary that rolled around this month – half a decade of blogging under my belt. I guess time really does fly when you’re…

What $420 in Rent Buys You on Koh Tao thumbnail

Who's ready for another edition of House Hunters International: Thailand Edition? It's a little reality show I go through every time I return to Koh Tao and attempt to secure long-term accommodation. Compared to the real estate anguish I used to experience when apartment searching in New York, looking for a place to stay in Koh…

My Travelversary: Year Five thumbnail

"Aim high, time flies." I stared down at the message I'd just cracked out of a fortune cookie and wondered at the odds that this particular prophecy had found me. I was in a strip mall takeout joint in my hometown of Albany, New York, where I was quietly celebrating the fact that five years to…

Seeking Thailand’s Deep South in Satun thumbnail

After two days gathering an ever-so-brief overview of Thailand's coastal Trang, we pushed even further south towards Satun. Though the border between the neighboring provinces is unmarked, I noticed a stark difference as we entered the heart of predominantly Muslim Satun. Temples were replaced by mosques, women were swathed in colorful headscarves and simple signs outside…

A Taste of Thailand in Trang thumbnail

Now well into my seventh year of shuffling back and forth to Thailand, I find myself frequently fielding the question, "haven't you seen it all?" Heck no! The truth is, I can't imagine a day I'll ever be done exploring this country. Thailand has seventy-six provinces, and despite the dozens of expired visas in my passport…

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