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Motorbiking (and Crashing) Around Nusa Penida

“I’ve never driven a motorbike before… is it dangerous?” Hannah asked, fully trusting my response. “Well, we’ll go really slow. It’ll be fine.” Nusa Penida is an island off of the coastline of Bali near Nusa Lembongan. When Justine from Travel Lush wrote a post on how...

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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...