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One Last Sip of Sun: A Tour of Hua Hin Hills Vineyard thumbnail

After three days in Hua Hin, Ian and I's relaxation retreat was almost complete. We'd ticked almost every box: sun, sand, sea, and sleep. There was just one last unwinding agent to attend to: wine. So far, our explorations of Thailand's unknown wine country had been a wild success. Two days in the Khao Yai district had revealed three beautiful…

Uma Bela Caminhada: Hiking on Ilha Grande thumbnail

Ilha Grande stole my heart -- and it also gave it a workout. Cardio and adventure fans alike will flip for the hiking opportunities on this untamed Brazilian island. With sixteen marked trails of varying length and difficulty, we were spoiled for choice when it came to which corner of Ilha Grande to wander. As we were hoping…

Traveling Like The Thais Do: A Weekend In Hua Hin thumbnail

Happy 2017, my friends! It turned out 2016 was my year of vacationing like the Thais do. After seven years of visiting their country, why not take a cue from those that know it best, after all? I've always found it fascinating to note the differences between destinations loved by domestic travelers, and those favored by…

A Bangkok Birthday Bash at the Amari Watergate thumbnail

It will come as no surprise to long term readers that I never miss a chance to spend a weekend in The Big Mango. As much as I love my island life in Thailand, I can't seem to stay away from this city. Photo by Leah Davis After wine weekend in Khao Yai wrapped up, I'd planned to squirrel…

My Kind of Paradise On Ilha Grande thumbnail

I guess I have a thing for seedy islands. A pirates lair, a leper colony, and a penitentiary for political prisoners -- much like Koh Tao in Thailand and Isla de Coiba in Panama, Ilha Grande in Brazil has quite the illicit past. And much like those islands before it, this one also managed to steal…

Nitrox Now! A Review of the PADI Enriched Air Diver Course thumbnail

Fellow scuba enthusiasts, do you want your dives to be safer, to stay down longer, and to have more energy for celebratory drinks after rinsing out your gear? I'll take that as a duh -- which is why it's so crazy it took me so many years to get my nitrox certification. Earlier in 2016, before leaving Thailand for the summer…

A Brazilian Pearl: Where to Eat, Stay and Play in Paraty thumbnail

I already confessed that my time in Paraty was a washout. But while five days of rain followed by three hours of sun was frustrating, it did leave us plenty of quality time to eat ourselves silly, lounge about in our accommodation, and look for a few creative activities that didn't require a dose of Vitamin D. Heading…

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