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Let’s Talk: Can You Make Local Friends on the Road?

Alternative Title: Am I a Superficial Traveler? When I posted the results of my reader survey, there were a few topics that were simply too complicated to address in a sentence or two. One of them was this. A few commenters were a tad critical of the level of cultural immersion I’ve managed in my travels — specific respondents pointed out (with varying degrees of accuracy) that I don’t... read more

Earning Abroad: Co-Owning a Bar in Thailand

Welcome to my new series: Earning Abroad! I am often asked for blogging advice from readers eager to make a living overseas. Yet the percentage of truly successful bloggers is so low, promoting it as a viable income source to the masses feels a bit like peddling a course at the Barbizon School of Modeling. Plus — I’m still figuring it out myself! I thought it would be more interesting to introduce you... read more

How I Scored $1,500 in Free Hotels

My Year Using SPG Amex Credit card travel hacking. Have you heard of it? Despite the moniker, it has nothing to do with gaining illegal access to someone else’s funds and using them to fund a yachting trip. Rather, it’s a totally legal way to game the travel industry to travel better, smarter, and longer. While I was long intimidated by this game of gaining miles, striving for elite statuses... read more

Are Bangkok’s Floating Markets Still Worth It?

While organizing photos recently, I realized I never posted about my three-day stopover in Bangkok en route back to New York in May. I spent most of the time shopping and eating up a storm, but I also took on a little bit of work — a hostel write up and a tour review. Another tough day in the office of a freelance travel writer! “So, is this your first time in Bangkok?” My tour guide turned... read more

The Great Escape: Month 22 Roundup (and where 21 went!)

Since I left home for my Great Escape, I’ve been doing monthly roundups of my adventures filled with anecdotes, private little moments, and thoughts that are found nowhere else on this blog. As this site is not just a resource for other travelers but also my own personal travel diary, I like to take some time to reflect on not just what I did, but how I felt. You can read my previous roundups here: Month... read more

The Great Escape: Month 20 Roundup

Since I left home for my Great Escape, I’ve been doing monthly roundups of my adventures filled with anecdotes, private little moments, and thoughts that are found nowhere else on this blog. As this site is not just a resource for other travelers but also my own personal travel diary, I like to take some time to reflect on not just what I did, but how I felt. You can read my previous roundups here: Month... read more

A Leap of Faith: Deep Water Soloing in Thailand

One might think learning to rock climb would be enough accomplishment for a week in Railay. But if you know me you know that if there is an adventure to be had, I’m going to have it. Unless said adventure involved eating bugs. In that case, I’ll meet you at the after party. But deep water soloing? There’s something I could get involved in. I know what you’re thinking — deep... read more

In the Heart of the City: S15 Bangkok

Bangkok is one of my favorite cities in the world and I’ve loved exploring the different corners of it, from reveling in the backpacker ghetto that is Khao San Road to staying in trendy hostels in Silom to trying out residential life with friends way out in the suburbs. But my favorite area to stay in the city continues to be Sukhumvit. I’ve tested out a few hotels in this area already —... read more

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