Adventure & Travel Everyone Hates Bangkok. Except Me.

Everyone Hates Bangkok. Except Me.

A lot of people told me they didn’t like Bangkok. More than half said they “hated” it. I stayed 8 nights longer than planned. It intrigued me. The run down. 1. The Bangkok metro is bright, clean, economical, and easy to follow. The best public transportation experience I’ve ever had. 2. If you have a …

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Adventure & Travel Tipping Etiquette: Make It Rain

Tipping Etiquette: Make It Rain

I love this infographic on how to tip in other countries. In Thailand, tips aren’t expected. When they are, you’ll see a tip jar near the register, a sign on the wall, or a note on the menu. In most cases, it’s a suggestion not a requirement. Even though I’m broke, if someone treats me …

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Adventure & Travel Captured: Violent Bangkok Protest

Captured: Violent Bangkok Protest

Before I left D.C., friends forwarded emails about the Bangkok protest ordering me to “Be Careful!” They were worried. Naturally. The media skews reality coating our minds with cynicism and fear. That’s why I can’t do the news. I prefer to live in my ‘people are inherently good’ bubble. While living in Bangkok, I walked …

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Adventure & Travel Backpacking and The First Sign of Danger

Backpacking and The First Sign of Danger

Three months before my solo backpacking trip to Asia, I felt no anxiety. Three weeks before, none. Three days before, I was in a state of shock. I don’t have enough money. I don’t have enough knowledge. I don’t have enough guarantees. Why does the mind work in such a way? Our brains are wired …

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Adventure & Travel What It Feels Like To Leave Everything You Know

What It Feels Like To Leave Everything You Know

I am in Asia. Bangkok, Thailand. I left my family and friends. Indefinitely. I sold my stuff. Everything. I am alone. Face your fears. Grow. Face more fears. Grow. I am outside my comfort zone. Drawing outside the lines. Outside. Exposed. Nothing to lose. Everything to gain. This is my story. No limitations. No timeline. …

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Adventure & Travel Do Haggle, Don’t Drool

Do Haggle, Don’t Drool

I’m in Nicaragua now. The sun is, well, hot. I’m sweatin’ like a glass of iced tea in the July summer. Things I’ve discovered: 1. Rocking chairs look more comfortable than they are. 2. I am a horrible haggler. When I offer a price and the vendor counters, I fold quicker than I can blink. …

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Adventure & Travel Mango, wall sits, and mochillas

Mango, wall sits, and mochillas

Hello Happy People! There’s a breeze here that thinks it’s doing more than it’s actually doing. I’m in a cafe sipping on another watermelon smoothie trying to stay cool. Here are my latest discoveries: 1. I do not know how to properly cut a mango. (Above: the mess I made.) 2. When you smile at people, …

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