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Serene in Siem Reap: Dreaming of Navutu Dreams thumbnail

Welcome to Cambodia. I beamed when I heard it, a now familiar phrase. This was my fourth trip to Cambodia and my third to Siem Reap, the city whose airport we had just landed in from Bangkok. There are plenty of unticked places on my Southeast Asia to do list. So why return to the same…

Hotel Crush: Bangkok Tree House thumbnail

Bangkok and I are old friends. It's a city I always go back to -- in my last seven month stint in the country, I made five separate trips there. And while I never, ever tire of Thailand's sprawling capital, I do love exploring new corners of it. Ones that can make even a veteran visitor…

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…

My Thirteen Favorite US Travel Destinations thumbnail

Happy independence day, America! They say it takes leaving home to appreciate the beauty of your own backyard, and in my evolution as a traveler, I’ve found that to be true. There was a time when not a single one of the fifty states seemed adventurous enough to quench my thirst for all things exotic, but…

Blogaversary Five: Goal Setting and Keeping thumbnail

For the last few years, I've paused at my travel and blogaversary to both take stock of the goals I set the year before, and make a new round for the year ahead. Since self employment means I don't quite have a boss to take care of this for me, consider it my annual progress review…

Hike Your Heart Out Koh Tao: Mango Viewpoint thumbnail

Koh Tao is unexpected paradise for hiking addicts in Southeast Asia. Recently, I kicked off the Hike Your Heart Out series to highlight some of my favorite island trails, most of which remain hidden gems thanks to the lack of trail maps, marked routes and mentions from guidebooks and travel blogs. I'm excited about creating a…

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