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Chicago By Mat, By Board, and By Rooftop thumbnail

The black hole of content from August of 2016 to April of 2017 — when I jumped forward to blog the summer of 2017 as it was happening — have been haunting me. I’m so excited the time has finally come for me to catch up on them! I can’t wait to turn my detailed notes…

Exploring the Unexpected Surf Culture of Florida’s Cocoa Beach thumbnail

Right now my body is in Thailand and my blog is in Florida, but my heart is in Las Vegas… I don’t know about you, but when I think major surf destinations in the United States, I think Hawaii and California. And that’s it. So imagine my surprise when I arrived in Cocoa Beach to find…

Sunshine and Smiles on The Space Coast thumbnail

Confession: I may be obsessed with Florida, but before the Space Coast invited me to come over and explore this summer, I had to look for it on a map. While Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and beyond are wildly popular getaways for cruise-addits heading out to sea, families looking for cheap beach-front condos, and those fascinated…

Fresh and Healthy New Orleans thumbnail

Guess what? I’m speaking at TravelCon 2020 in New Orleans! Use SPEAKER50 to get $50 off. New Orleans — a city known for healthy livin’ and coming home leaner than how you left, right? Ha ha! Not. The Big Easy is known for being a city of unbridled indulgence, and dang if you can’t do some…

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…

Koh Tao By Land: Jumping Into Jaws thumbnail

By this point, you guys are probably sick of hearing me say it — yes, there is more to do on little Koh Tao than just diving and partying! In fact, there’s a whole company that specializes in proving it. Technically yes, my good friends at Goodtime Adventures do offer scuba diving; but they also offer…

Exploring Phang Nga Bay from Phuket thumbnail

In the middle of our rainy five days in Phuket, we were faced with a big decision: should we risk spending a stormy day at sea in order to visit the famed Phang Nga Bay, or should we continue to hide on our lovely balcony in Cape Panwa? After some hemming and hawing and a hundred…

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