Is Anyone Still Working on Their New Year’s Resolutions, Or Is It Just Me?

With January coming to a close and Times Square's New Year’s Eve confetti all but lying in a pile of last year’s trash somewhere in North Carolina, I’m compelled to think about New Year’s resolutions. The all too comforting and overly shamed idea that a new year means we can embrace new possibilities. Out with the old and in with the new. It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? It has become a cultural stigma to...more

Why I Am Never Moving Back To Southern California

You can’t go home again, or so they say. I never really understood what that meant until I finally left mine, and I want to tell you why I'm never moving back. But before I begin, I need to clarify that this is in no way a hate letter to California. On the contrary, California has a huge place in my heart and always will. But for the sake of writing this, California could easily...more

Everything You Must Do Your First Time In New York City If You Only Have The Weekend

New York City with it's ever growing neighborhoods, impressive museums, historical sites and limitless restaurants, can never really be seen in one trip. Planning your trip may even seem overwhelming, especially if you just have a few days to see the city. It's amazing though, how much you can actually squeeze in to one weekend in New York if you're willing to not waste any time and hit the pillow exhausted every night. After living...more

Planning A Trip To Halong Bay? Here is Why You Shouldn’t Go Cheap

Halong Bay is the highlight of a Northern Vietnam trip. For anyone who has been to Hanoi and found it as stressful as I did, a breathtaking boat ride through this UNESCO world heritage site will make it all worth it. But here's why you shouldn't do it on the cheap. To begin, choosing a cruise company to host the adventure is daunting. The amount of information I found on how to pick the right...more

Best Places For Spicy Noodles and Vietnamese Coffee in Hanoi

There were a lot of things about Hanoi that made me highly anticipate my trip there. Since it is mostly a raved about travel destination, I thought I would fall madly in love with it. Instead I found the busy and hostile streets of the old quarter unwelcoming. It was nothing compared to the calm and charming streets of Hoi An. But to say I didn't like Hanoi wouldn't be accurate. In spite of almost getting...more

Must Do Northern Thailand: Chiang Mai Food and Drink Edition

I loved the food in Thailand more than I loved the food I got to eat in any other country I visited in Asia. This was in large part due to Chiang Mai and all the food and beverages I consumed while there. Outside of Paris and Italy, it was some of the best food I've had in my entire life. I'm going to keep the post short and sweet and to the point. Here...more

Full Day Cooking Class at Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai

One of the most popular things to do in Chiang Mai is take a cooking class and learn how to make some of the regions most famous dishes. It's so popular that there is an abundance of cooking schools to choose from in and around the city center. I did a lot of research and weighed out the pros and cons of what each school had to offer. After collecting enough information, I chose the...more

Northern Thailand Must Do: Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary and Trekking

Being able to spend time with elephants was one of, if not the main reason for my trip to Thailand. Along with participating in the Chiang Mai lantern festival, visiting an elephant sanctuary was what sparked my interest in the country from the very beginning. I wanted to see elephants up close, in their natural habitat. But most importantly I wanted to have a real experience that was beneficial to both me and the elephants....more

Everything You Need to Know About Traveling By Slow Boat from Thailand to Laos

Before I started really planning a trip to Southeast Asia, I only knew a few things I definitely wanted to do on my first trip: go to the Lantern Festival, eat spicy noodles, see elephants up close for the first time in my life, and spend two days on a slow boat traveling down the Mekong River. Although slow boat isn't the quickest way to travel from Thailand to Laos, it is cheap and easily the...more

Small Town Charm and Traveling to South Carolina with my Best Friend

Welcome to the South, where the grass is [actually] greener, the humidity is high and the people are as sweet as their iced tea. I just spent four days going from my best friend’s hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina to Charleston and back again. A short trip filled with good food, great people, charming sights, and beautiful landscapes. A lot of people asked me when I told them where I was going on vacation this...more