Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn

I spent 45 days traveling solo in Thailand. From getting lost in Bangkok to rafting through a bat-filled cave to meditating with monks in Chiang Dao, I learned the hard way so that you don’t have to! Here are the top 10 things I learned:

Sunset in Washington, DC

I had a hard time deciding where I wanted to be on the day that marked the last in a year of firsts – the one year anniversary of my fiancé’s death. One never really knows when grief will claw its way out of its carefully contained space in the heart and squeeze, but …

Full-Moon Party Ready

“Have you even been to Thailand if you haven’t been to a Full-Moon Party?” This was the question posed to me sometime around dawn, as the sun threatened to break the horizon, ushering away the moon and the last of the revelers on Haad Rin Beach. “I think so,” I said, swaying to the …

Canggu, Bali

What to do in Canggu: When I set out for the beach town of Canggu, just over an hour south of Ubud on Bali’s southeastern coast, I didn’t plan to learn to surf. Actually, I didn’t plan to…plan. My whole goal was to go somewhere new with absolutely no plan at all and to …

Cave Lodge

Upon arrival at the Cave Lodge, I knew that the small hassle to find this remote place in the wilderness of the Pang Mapha district was well worth it. I walked onto the main patio and was immediately transported back in time to the summer camp of my youth. Backpackers lounged in hammocks and …

Meditating at Chiang Dao Temple.

I didn’t see much of Chiang Dao before my bag and I were whisked into a waiting songthaew bound for a 10-minute ride up a winding hill to Malee’s Nature Lovers Bungalows. There was nobody in sight, so I stooped to pet a tail-wagging dog and waited, still recovering from the efficiency that had …

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