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Setting Intentions for 2019 thumbnail

I read the usual deluge of 2018 kiss off posts streaming across my screens recently with a great sense of envy. Not because of the exotic places my friends were writing them from, or the amazing achievements they listed… but because of the sense of finality they all seemed to share. Whether 2018 was kind or… Read more

How Bali Blissed Me Out and Brought Me Back to Life thumbnail

Confused on where we are? I’m taking this moment while my travels are grounded to catch up on my black hole of un-blogged content. Here, I’m picking up on my trip to Bali in March 2017. My apologies for any confusion with the timeline, and thanks for sticking with me. Though it would have been almost… Read more

Come Hell, Come High Water: My Southern Thailand Flooding Story thumbnail

The single raindrop never feels responsible for the flood. — Douglas Adams While I was working on the next post in my backlogged roundup queue, it occurred to me that there was one event I kept circling back to again and and again, something that had stopped me in my tracks but that I’d never written about… Read more

Five Hundred and Thirty-Seven Days Later thumbnail

No matter what happens, I’ll still be me. That’s the mantra I calmed myself with in the days leading up to November 8, 2016. Overall, for me, it was a time filled with joy and excitement and pride. But occasionally, dark thoughts crept in. And when they did, it centered me to focus inward in those… Read more

Total Travel Disasters: Lost License Edition thumbnail

Since I started my little “Total Travel Disasters” series, I’ve highlighted travel meltdowns in which I was, more or less, an unwitting victim. Getting screwed with a broken camper rental. Being targeted by a bed and breakfast tyrant. Finding ourselves on the wrong side of a battle with a rental car in Britain. This post is… Read more

Banyan Forever: A Goodbye Letter to An Old Friend thumbnail

I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for. Because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something. And if you find that moment… it lasts forever. — The Beach In retrospect, it’s… Read more

Follow Your Stupid Travel Dreams: My Trip to Seven Magic Mountains thumbnail

I write to you today from Boracay, where I’ve traveled to a different country to spend the week dressing up like a mermaid, to tell you about a time I flew to the desert to see some painted rocks. Seven Magic Mountains has been on my radar since it first went up in the Ivanpah Valley… Read more