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Why I Don’t Delete Mean Blog Comments thumbnail

"You're a dumpster fire of a human, this is the worst blog on the entirety of the internet, and I hope you slip on a banana peel in a very public place with recording devices present." While this isn't technically a direct quote of any comment I've received in my five years of blogging at Alex…

Is Koh Tao Safe for Travelers? thumbnail

When I read about Koh Tao in the international media – a statement that has only been possible in the last two years or so – I literally feel like I’m reading about a place I’ve never been before. What is this terrible seedy island, full of sinister gangsters, riled up murderers and ominous threats? (Every…

Bangkok, Blurry Vision, And Why I Didn’t Go to Burma (Again) thumbnail

How much do I hate not having 20/20 vision? Let me count the ways. I'm not going to lie: this is a post about disappointment, medical drama, and dealing with corneal scarring. It's kind of a downer. On the upside, there is some Star Wars in there too. But don't say I didn't warn you. Back…

Reflections on Seven Months of Stillness thumbnail

Physically, the key I dangled from my finger was little more than an intricately cut, nearly weightless piece of brass. But as I looked down at this particular sliver of metal for the last time, it felt like much more. Giving a spare one to a neighbor is a sign of trust. Presenting a fresh one…

New York City

Last week, I waxed poetic about all the things I’m going to miss so dearly when I leave Thailand. It might be a temporary goodbye, but believe me guys, there will be tears. Lots of tears. Still, in the last few weeks I have started to feel those familiar feelings of longing for home. Not quite…

Koh Tao

It’s a big, bittersweet day around here at Wanderland HQ. One month from today, I’ll be flying out of Thailand and towards Brazil. As excited as I am for my next adventure, I’m already – as usual – heartsick at the idea of leaving Koh Tao. How will I miss thee? Let me count the ways…

Picky Eating and Travel

Five years ago, I wrote a picky-eating traveler’s manifesto, a confessional regarding my extremely limited palate, and a gentle plea to others to get their opinions off my plate. Five years is a long time, and recently, loyal readers started to pick up on hints at my bolder eating habits. “Maybe it’s time for an update?”…

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