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The Great Escape: Months 34 and 35 Roundup

Two whole months stateside! It sounds like a nice break, but in reality I was as on the go as ever trying to make the most of my time at “home” — and this is just a fraction of the full four and a half months I was in the US. A lot of what went on during these months didn’t make it onto the blog, so this roundup is even more behind-the-scenes than usual. Many of you noticed my last... read more

Beneath the Sea 2014

Within a week of arriving back in New York, I was already leaving its borders once again. But this time, I wasn’t going far — just popping across state lines into New Jersey for a weekend at Beneath the Sea, the biggest consumer dive show in the US. I’ve attended the show twice before, as a wide-eyed scuba enthusiast in 2011 and as a Women Diver’s Hall of Fame grant recipient in... read more

The Great Escape: Month 10 Roundup

Since I left home last June on my Great Escape, I’ve been doing (very delayed!) monthly roundups. Right now I’m picking up the slack! As this blog 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. I also like to remind myself of moments, incidents and random thoughts that never made it... read more

Winning The Women Diver’s Hall of Fame Grant

If you missed yesterday’s post, start there to find my recap of the Beneath the Sea dive show and a full explanation of why I traversed the globe to attend it! As I’ve mentioned previously, one of my major accomplishments this year was winning a grant from the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. The story goes full circle from the Beneath the Sea dive show in 2011, when I found out about the hall... read more

Beneath the Sea Recap

Those that have been following my journey since the beginning know that I had no intentions of heading home to the Unites States just ten months after leaving, but yet I’ve never really gone into my reason for spending the month of March at home. Well, it was a combination of factors, but there was one major catalyst: I won a diving grant from the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame! (More details... read more

Las Jersey

Sometimes, you want to explore a new culture through museums, beautiful architecture, and historic sights. Sometimes, you want to experience nature through hiking, kayaking, and other adventurous pursuits. Sometimes, you want to wear a mini dress, throw money around, and drink copious amounts of alcohol. For those times, the likes of Las Vegas and Atlantic City were raised from the ashes. Last year, three... read more

Photo of the Week 41

This week I’m back in New York City visiting with friends, applying for another Thai visa, running errands, and awaiting my flight back to Bangkok on Wednesday. My biggest reason for being here, though, was to attend Beneath The Sea, the US’s biggest consumer dive show and also the venue for accepting my grant from the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. I haven’t told you much about this... read more

Beneath The Sea Recap Part II

Just stopping by? Check out Beneath the Sea Recap Part I to get started. Exciting as it was to walk around the exhibitor floor and daydream about my next dive trip, the real value came from the seminars going on all weekend. The best part? They were all included free in my $18 per day day-pass. The worst part? Figuring out which of the four simultaneous lectures to attend at any given time! The offerings... read more