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Surviving Post-Travel Depression

Surviving Post-Travel Depression

“I’m cutting my trip short,” I said to a new friend in Laos, “because my cat’s sick and is going through an operation. That also means I’m out of money.” “I don’t understand. It’s an animal. Animals die,” she replied. “I’m American. Americans tend to 

24 Hours in Beijing—Visiting the Great Wall

24 Hours in Beijing—Visiting the Great Wall

The most affordable flight back the the U.S. from Luang Prabang landed me in two Chinese cities over the course of two days. My first overnight layover was in Kunming, China, located in the southern Yunnan province. The second overnight layover was in Beijing. How 

Closing Out Luang Prabang

Closing Out Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a beautifully quaint town nestled between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. A UNESCO protected site, the city was the royal capital of the Luang Prabang province until 1975. It was briefly occupied by France in the 19th century when the French 

The Slow Boat to Luang Prabang

The Slow Boat to Luang Prabang

In my last post, I mentioned that my roommate from Chicago messaged me saying my cat was in the ER. Turns out he had a life-threatening blockage and needed to go into surgery, or else die a pretty painful death. I won’t go too much 

The Gibbon Experience

The Gibbon Experience

Imagine trekking through a tropical rainforest in northern Laos, engulfed by the sounds of toads, hawks, and cicadas. It’s raining, but the coverage from the trees keeps you relatively dry as you walk up, up, up the muddy hill. Your guide carries a machete to 

Art, Spirituality, and Medicine in Chiang Rai

Art, Spirituality, and Medicine in Chiang Rai

What was originally a one day stint in Chiang Rai turned into a three day stay when I came down with a fever and sore throat. Since Thailand is slightly more medically advanced than Laos, and most of my Laotian itinerary would consist of being 

Overstaying at The Overstay

Overstaying at The Overstay

If you’re expecting a rundown of sights to see and pretty pictures of Bangkok, you’ll be sorely disappointed. I made the decision to stay in Bangkok for another week because I’ve been feeling travel fatigue. What started out as excitement to explore another part of 

Visiting Tonsai in Low Season

Visiting Tonsai in Low Season

After saying goodbye to Allison at Railay, I headed to the next beach over—Tonsai. Tonsai is one of the top climbing destinations in the world, and its vibe certainly reflected it. It’s fairly easy to get to during high season (you can simply charter a 

Finding Railay Beach

Finding Railay Beach

  We were escaping from the humidity in Chiang Mai when Allison and I finally starting thinking about where we wanted to stay in southern Thailand. We had a flight to Krabi, and our options were: Krabi Town Ao Nang Railay I’m absolutely terrible at 

A Day with the Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

A Day with the Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

Animal tourism is a huge issue in Southeast Asia. In developing countries where tourism is often one of the more lucrative ways to make a living, tour operations often overlook the wellbeing of these animals. This is the case with the elephant tourism industry in