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Surviving Songkran: Celebrating Thailand’s Wet and Wild New Year on Koh Tao thumbnail

You thought fireworks were cool? Just wait until you see how Thailand marks the start of the Buddhist New Year: with a nation-wide water fight. This is real life. From April 13th-15th every year Thailand is consumed by the joy of celebrating Songkran, which comes from a Sanskrit word translating to ‘passing.’ Once a solemn, sacred event in which…

Buggying around Buzios: Our Bonus Days in Brazil thumbnail

Guys I am going to shock you here. Like really blow your mind. Sometimes, things don't go according to plan. Yeah, I know. Hard to believe when you're a Tracy Flick loving, organizational spreadsheet making, perpetually over-planning-yet-somehow-still-a-scattered-helpless-hot-mess like I am. But every once in a while those plans just really go off the rails. Sometimes the weather is…

Blowing Bubbles in Buzios: Diving in Brazil thumbnail

This post is brought to you by PADI as part of the PADI AmbassaDiver initiative. Read my latest ramblings on the PADI blog! It's pretty much a guarantee that when Alex in Wanderland regular Heather and I do a trip together, we're going to find somewhere to go diving together, even if it's the inside of a particularly…

Running Like a Girl: A Weekend Away for the Midnight Run Koh Samui thumbnail

I know, I know, things are kind of confusing around here right now, timeline-wise!  Because yes, I'm in Southeast Asia now, but as I'm pretty much the worst blogger on the planet I'm still writing about last year's trip. Here's to catching up on all my content soon! [Insert the deranged laugh of a crazed blogger here.]…

Hotel Crush: Casas Brancas in Búzios thumbnail

It's been called the Brazilian St. Tropez and the Hamptons of Rio; basically, it's this pocket of the planet's infamous playground for the rich and famous. Welcome to Búzios, Brazil. I've never been to the Hamptons and I couldn't point out St. Tropez on a map, but I knew I had to go to Búzios. Less than three…

Street Art, Sunset and Sugarloaf: The Perfect Last Day in Rio de Janeiro thumbnail

A week in Rio de Janeiro flew by. I knew it would. Heather and I had debated what to do with our final day in the city. There were so many options! We'd hit a lot of the major must-sees -- we'd woken up before dawn to be (literally) the first two people at Christ Redeemer, we'd…

Floating on a Feeling: One Night at Rainforest Camp thumbnail

After our amazing first day and night at the aptly-named Elephant Camp, we woke up raring to go for the second and third days of our adventure with Elephant Hills in Khao Sok National Park. Elephant Camp, with its luxury tents set in the jungle, was already quite the departure from reality. Rainforest Camp, the sister…

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