A Homestay Feast in Bangkok’s Countryside

A Homestay Feast in Bangkok’s Countryside

As many of you already know, I love getting to know the locals when I travel just about as much as I love trying a country’s authentic cuisine. While I’ve eaten dinner in many Chinese homes, I’ve never done a homestay while traveling. Frankly, I’ve never even come across a way to find one. That’s […]

Baanchang Elephant Park: Sanctuary or Prison?

Baanchang Elephant Park: Sanctuary or Prison?

Last winter I visited an “elephant sanctuary”, and frankly I’ve been too embarrassed and ashamed to share my experience. Why? Because my sanctuary was more like a for-profit business that preyed on the good intentions of foreign tourists who don’t know any better. The worst part? I did know better, but I went anyway. As […]

Learning to Scuba Dive with Koh Tao Divers

Learning to Scuba Dive with Koh Tao Divers

Scuba diving has been right at the top of my bucket list for the majority of my life. The idea of scuba diving has always equally fascinated and frightened me. While I loved the concept of exploring an underwater world, and I’ve always been very comfortable with swimming and snorkeling, the idea of being trapped […]

Cooking in Chiang Mai WithLocals

Cooking in Chiang Mai WithLocals

So we all know how much I love food. While I’m always going on and on about all the amazing things I eat on my travels, the only thing I’m really great at cooking is spicy Chinese stirfry (that’s what happens when you live in the middle of nowhere and have two restaurants within walking […]

Planning My Trip: Three Weeks in Thailand

Planning My Trip: Three Weeks in Thailand

Last updated January 2017 I’ve been to Thailand three times since I originally wrote this post, so I thought it might be helpful to add some updates to the amazing things I’ve done in Thailand since I sat in my dorm dreaming about my trip two years ago!¬† Winter is coming… and I’ll be in¬†Southeast […]