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Bribing Our Way Into Abandoned Taman Festival Bali

Many Balinese people won’t visit abandoned properties in fear of the malevolent spirits that take up residence there. About twenty years ago, a wealthy investor and the Indonesian government started building a theme park, Taman Festival Bali, in hopes of it being a tourism hot spot...

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A Girls’ Weekend in Seminyak, Bali

The best thing about this blog is that it’s the sole reason I’ve met so many incredible people around the globe — especially other travel bloggers. Last year, I met Hannah from Eat Sleep Breathe Travel in Bangkok and caught wind that she’d be visiting Indonesia...

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At the Wall that Divides Us: The California Mexican Border

I handed my passport to the Mexican border patrol agent. “Does it take a long time to come back?” I asked him. “Sometimes four hours.” He smirked and avoided making eye contact. I tried to make small talk anyways but he responded to my words with silence. But...

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Highway 101 Road Trip: The Oregon Coast

I never appreciated what existed north of my home state of California. A land of incredible vistas, black sand beaches, and abundant wildlife. The coastline connecting Washington to Oregon to California has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been — and I’m...

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Snow Walks and Waterfalls at Mt. Rainier, Washington

I really don’t want to type out this next line, but I just can’t stop myself. Did you know there’s more than one way to get high in Washington?  Cue cringe. Onto the real story. I’m more comfortable amidst sky-high trees than skyscrapers, and fear rustling bears...