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Without a doubt, the hippie town of Pai was my favorite destination in Northern Thailand. And I wasn’t the only one — the town is definitely no secret paradise. Luckily, it’s easy to escape the dreadlocked masses if you’re feeling a little claustrophobic. For a mere 220 baht (around $7), you rent a scooter and dash…

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After my recent experience with snowmobiling in Iceland, I was starting to think that maybe piloting motorized vehicles at fast speeds was not the vacation activity for me. But then Wim asked Heather and me if we wanted to go on an ATV tour in Hawaii, and being a Yes Girl I really only had one…

When we last left off, my mom, sister and I had just arrived in the town of Arnastapi in Western Iceland. All day we had been catching glimpses of the Snæfellsjökull ice cap, a looming preview of our afternoon adventure. Snæfellsjökull is famous for being the setting for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the…

If you have yet to read Part I of my own personal Motorcycle Diaries, in which I describe how I became a victim of rental motorcycle theft, start here. It’s a doozy. Part II picks up a few days later, at which time my passport and I were safely ensconced back in Thailand. I’m sitting by…

It had to happen sometime. At some point, my good travel luck had to run out. And boy, did it go out with a bang on my last day in Laos. Long time readers might be all like, Alex, what about that time you almost forgot your passport? Or that time you were evicted from your…

I arrived in Vientiane with a mission. I had a to-do list, a carefully combed guidebook, and a curated list of must-have experiences. I was going to fall wildly in love with this capital metropolis. I was going to adore this city, so help me God, and nothing was going to stop me. Why? Because I…

One benefit of being a travel blog addict is having some great recommendations before even arriving in a destination. While Mui Ne may be best known for its watersports, we were also eager to get out and explore dry land. When we were deciding where to go with our rental motorcycle, I though back to a…

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