Learning to laugh when you do get scammed: It is too kind to call what I experienced – as I attempted to navigate my way to Bangkok’s Grand Palace – a “detour.” It was at best a detour by design. But it’s safe to say that the appropriate word is “scam.” But, regardless of …

During my recent trip to Chiang Dao, “City of Stars,” I climbed 500 stairs every morning to reach a mountaintop Temple in a remote reach of Northern Thailand. As I loped up the wide, meandering stairs lined with motivational messages on either side, I recalled a set of stairs in another remote part of …

It’s never fun to admit failure, but it’s true that I threw in my fins and quit scuba school. In doing a little soul searching in the wake of dropping out of my (non-refundable) open-water scuba training, I can take the unpleasant admissions one step further: I just didn’t fit in on the island …

When my best friend says she needs a weekend away, I immediately pack my bags. It’s not often that Marlena can get enough time away from work to do laundry let alone travel, so it was understandable that – on this rare getaway weekend – she just wanted to do nothing. That meant no …

When my long-distance boyfriend and I met for a weekend in New York City, I came prepared with an ambitious itinerary that would ensure we would make the most of every moment we had to explore the Big Apple. Armed and ready with the gift of a CityPASS booklet that would get us into six …

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