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9 Awesome Things to Do in Chiang Mai

I’ve gone through Chiang Mai about 8 times now, usually spending at least a few days there in between journeys to Pai and Chiang Rai. I realized that in all that time, I’ve never given you guys a post on my favorite things to do there. It’s time I changed that. Chiang Mai is awesome [...]

Kristin Addis

The Revisited How I Afford to Travel

I wrote a post about a year ago about how I afford to travel. That was after I completed my first 12 months of continuous solo travel, and I have since completed another 10. I still get a lot of emails asking how I afford it, which led me to the realization that I wasn’t [...]

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The Best Way to Play With Elephants in Thailand

One of the things that excited me the most about visiting Thailand was the prospect of interacting with elephants. I wanted to get up and close with those beautiful, regal creatures. I wanted to see them walking through jungles and blowing water out of their trunks like in the movies and NatGeo documentaries. What I [...]

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Koh Chang: The Perfect Thai Island For Solo Travelers

Koh Chang has a lot of nicknames. In Thai, it means, “elephant island,” but some refer to it as, “the last cheap island,” while others swear it’s the friendliest island in Thailand. While all of these things are definitely true, I felt like it was the best island I’ve been to so far for solo [...]

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How to Really Fall in Love With Bangkok

Most travelers come to Bangkok and leave either feeling like they can manage it, or they absolutely hate it. Bangkok was my first stop on my endless voyage 20 months ago. I remember landing and feeling a mixture of happiness to be back in Asia and apprehension about being in such a big, bustling city [...]

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Narrowly Escaping a Coconut Brawl in Nepal

Patan is the ancient capital of Nepal, located a 40-or-so-minute taxi ride outside of the Thamel (tourist) area of Kathmandu. My trekking buddy, Ellen, and I had heard about it from a fellow trekker while we tackled the Annapurna circuit.  When our plans had us in Kathmandu at the same time, we met up and [...]

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Paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal

The wind caught the parachute several times but it just wasn’t the right gust. It fell back to the ground followed by the quick scurry of the paragliding staff to spread it back out for just the right moment, just the right pocket of air to pick it up and take us soaring. Brika, my paragliding [...]

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How to Take Great Travel Photographs and Videos

Traveling is a beautiful thing. What’s even more beautiful is coming home and decking out one’s domicile with a slew of beautiful and interesting photographs taken around the world. Before I ended my lease and started traveling permanently, I blew up and arranged my favorite travel photographs all around my apartment. Each room had a [...]

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How to Prepare for the Annapurna Circuit

I had so many questions prior to starting the Annapurna Circuit trek that I bombarded my poor friends for days with endless inquiries about “what if”s and “but what about”s. Having just finished the trek, I figured it best to jot down every question I had and the answers that made themselves quite clear as [...]

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The Annapurna Circuit: Too Beautiful to Miss

Somewhere between the baby goats who gingerly sniffed my hand before allowing me to pet them (like puppies do!), the baby cow which did the same, the little snorting yaks, village kids who put their hands together to say “namaste” (hello), the amazingly beautiful mountains that framed every moment, and the daily chai masala teas, [...]