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Koh Samui: The Island to Kick Back On

If Koh Samui created it’s own calendar, every day would be Sunday with all clock hands pointing to morning. It’s a place where everyday is a day of rest — and it makes you feel like it’s well deserved. Go on, take a nap by the...

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Life Outside! [#1]

There’s a reason humans feel happier gazing at stars rather than screens and the stale air of a shopping mall cannot compare with the fresh sky of the outdoors. Welcome to the new fortnightly series, Life Outside! — a place where I will share snippets of...

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Bangkok is Chaos: The Clash of Consumerism and Religion

On my left I see a billboard that commands, DO NOT GET TATTOO OF BUDDHA! BUDDHA IS SACRED. On my right, a TV screen spanning across an entire skyscraper advertising SAMSUNG’s latest phone. Overhead is a large picture of the king with the words “LONG LIVE THE KING”...

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The Traveling Girl’s Guide to Couchsurfing

CouchSurfing: An organization that fosters a relationship between travelers and locals, where the local hosts a traveler for free. Many people simply can’t fathom this concept. Why would you host anyone for free – let alone a stranger? For some hosts, it’s an opportunity to experience little...

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2015: New Year, New Goals

Welcome to the new year! January always brings a feeling of freshness, rebirth, and opportunity regardless on your feelings towards new years resolutions… Or crankiness at the sudden influx of New Years Revolutionaries at your gym. I’ve certainly spent the past few days reflecting on the year...

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10 Reasons to Travel with a Yoga Mat

There are some travelers in the world who scoff at people with the audacity to pack jeans. Yes, these people actually judge those who bring jeans along for a backpacking adventure and point to more “convenient” clothing items, like atrocious zip-off pants. They cite the weight,...

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Twenty-four hours in Guangzhou, China

The ticketing lady’s face turned a violent red as her twiggy arms dragged my 52 kilogram canvas suitcase into the luggage area. “Anything else?” She smiled, sweat dripping down the sides of her face. What she didn’t know was that I’d already checked in a surfboard...