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Surf & Yoga in Mirissa: a Backpacker’s Getaway

Sand between my toes, The ocean’s salt in my hair. Deep breaths, namaste, Stretch and focus, become aware. Sri Lanka misses the backpacker’s radar. There’s no standard route here, which makes traveling from city to city a bit more difficult than it would be in Vietnam or Thailand. This is one of the reasons travelers tend to […]

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The Hardest & Most Rewarding Thing I’ve Ever Done: Trekking to Everest Base Camp & Three Passes in Nepal

The ground spun under my feet the same way it seems to turn after stepping off of a tire swing. My vision blurred as if I were looking through a dirty windshield, and I squinted my eyes and stared at the ground to regain my balance. The dizziness came out of no where like a […]

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Kampot: A Majestic City in Cambodia

The colonial-style houses, like the tattered edges of an old novel thats collected dust on a shelf, line the streets of Kampot amongst rusty tuk-tuks and motorbikes. A blue wooden door, battered from the rain, slowly creaks open back and forth in the gentle breeze.  I walk along the street next to peach and lime […]

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Reflections After 6 Months of Solo Backpacking

Six months ago, I stepped onto an EVA Airlines flight by myself, with a 60 liter backpack and too many clothes. I sat in between two strangers in the middle seat of a 16 hour flight where I didn’t sleep. My flight landed with a thud in the 32 degree heat in the middle of […]

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Finding Paradise in Otres Beach

I awake in the early morning hours, with the sing song of the roosters, the rhythmic, creaking melody of a swimming hammock, and the soothing effect of a hot cup of Vietnamese coffee. The wind plays with the hammock, causing it to swing unevenly in the breeze. The sun casts a yellowish hue on all […]

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Lost in Thailand: Why I Love Solo Travel

The giant pile of stacked bowls started to waver from side to side and threatened to topple over with each passing second. One of the girls grabbed the pile of bowls and moved it to an empty table next to me. She had to make more room for the continuous flow of 12 cent bowls […]

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Top 50 Chiang Mai Cafes

After living in Chiang Mai for a month and having previously visited it, I had plenty of time to visit dozens and dozens of coffee shops around the city, drink delicious coffee, and munch on sugary sweets. There are a ton of café’s in Chiang Mai suitable for cat lovers, book lovers, and quirky design […]

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How to Get to Phu Chi Fa, Thailand

The apocalypse had begun. Thick fog hung down like a curtain and draped around the entire town, embracing it like a mother hugging her child. I could barely see ten feet in front of me and quietly waited for the moment a dark blob would appear and drag me into the abyss.  “Where do we […]

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25 Backpacker Habits You’ll Pick Up Traveling in Thailand

Thailand is captivating and fascinating. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The north is expansive, with emerald green mountains, gold and white temples, and a simple, laid back lifestyle. Bubbling hot springs are tucked away in dense, thick jungles. Zig-zagging, crumbling roads through the mountains lead to small towns with […]

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The Survival Guide to the Full Moon Party

Thousands upon thousands of backpackers drag their feet home at 9 in the morning holding crushed beer cans with paint smeared all over it. Neon paint drips down their backs, their foreheads, and their arms. What once was a drunken, artistic painting full of swirls, dots, and colors, has now formed into a brownish, sweat infused, […]

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