Befriending Elephants and More in Chiang Mai

February 5, 2013
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The hotspots across Thailand are very diverse in what they offer, which makes it a great travel destination. Having explored both the fast-paced city of Bangkok and the beach-bumming culture of the South, I made my way by plane up north, to the more moderate, jungle climate found in Chiang Mai, a city known for […]

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Hitting the Beaches of Southern Thailand: Part II

January 31, 2013
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Made famous in part by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, “The Beach,” Ko Phi Phi (pronounced Ko Pee Pee) is a beautiful island that has felt the full effects of tourism. If you’re expecting a quiet island getaway, similar to what you might see in a Corona commercial, this probably isn’t the spot for you. But […]

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Hitting the Beaches of Southern Thailand: Part I

January 24, 2013
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Crystal-clear (warm) water. Soft sand. Unmatched diving and snorkeling opportunities. Partying to the wee hours of the morning. Fire dancing. Beautiful women (and men, if that’s your thing). These are just some of the ways that one could describe the beaches and islands of Thailand. No matter your interest, there is likely a beach or […]

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A Rough Itinerary for the rest of my Southeast Asia jaunt

January 23, 2013

Well, after two+ weeks here in Thailand, I’ve finally been able to sketch out what the rest of my path will look like (or so I’ve decided as of 1/23/13).  After Thailand, it’s looking like it’ll be a little bit of Cambodia, all of Vietnam and Hong Kong, by means of airplane, train, bus, boat, […]

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My Intro to Thailand: Bangkok & Kanchanaburi

January 22, 2013
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I’ve never been much of a movie watcher in my free time (excluding rainy or hung over days). It’s not that I don’t like movies – I do. For me, it’s more that I tend to feel that there is always something I should be actively doing rather than passively watching. In fact, I’d say in the past […]

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Southeast Asia Here I Come, Whether I’m Ready or Not (I’m somewhere in between)

January 6, 2013
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After a 12 hour flight in which I honestly watched more movies than I usually ever do in an entire year, I currently find myself peering out at a snow-covered Seoul, South Korea.  What am I doing in South Korea, you ask?  Well, let me get you up to speed. It all started out a […]

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Rio de Janeiro: Earning Its Name as “The Magnificent City”

November 30, 2012
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When most people think of Brazil, whether they’ve visited the country or not, the first city that usually comes to mind is Rio de Janeiro. Known as “The Magnificent City,” Rio de Janeiro presents a personality overflowing with energy, beauty and passion that is unique in its own right. With this good, comes some bad […]

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A Stay Along the Costa Verde

November 26, 2012
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Well, while I officially made it back to the states in time for Thanksgiving, I still have a couple more posts yet to share here on my recent travels (including one I forgot from 4 months ago), so you’ll have to humor me in the meantime… Anyways, after leaving Florianópolis a little sooner than I […]

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Floripa and the Magic Island

November 14, 2012
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From Iguazu Falls, I took a 16 hour, overnight bus to the city of Florianopolis (“Floripa” for short). Before I had put together my plan for South America, I was not familiar with Florianópolis. That all changed when I talked to my friend who had traveled to Brasil and described it in two ways: 1) […]

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Reconnecting With a Recent New Zealand Travel Friend in Uruguay

November 14, 2012
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Earlier this year, when I was traveling in New Zealand, I met a girl from Uruguay randomly at a food stand. She didn’t speak much English and while I could speak Spanish, it was marginal at best, making communication between the two of us a bit difficult (In fact her first words to me after […]

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