Live it Well at Bangkok’s Swissotel Nai Lert

Editor’s Note: This post is in partnership with Swissotel. Bangkok. The Big Mango. Thailand’s crowded capital I’ve been to too many times to count. It’s a city I used to dislike. Crowded. Humid. But, the more I have gone, the more I have begun to like it. I could wander down the sois and discover adorableContinue reading “Live it Well at Bangkok’s Swissotel Nai Lert”

Six Years Later: How Blogging Changed My Life

Six years ago, on a warm October night, I lay in my bed in a century-old house, tossing and turning. Work, my 30th birthday trip to Croatia and my cloudy future in Atlanta all jockeyed for space in my mind. Yet, the only thing which kept repeating were the words “fumbling, stumbling, mumbling …” asContinue reading “Six Years Later: How Blogging Changed My Life”

What is Home?

Home, by definition, is the “place where one lives.” As a former corporate-world-woman, long-term traveler, and now a serial expat, home has been many places and continues to morph into new and different places where I wake up. It was where I grew up, with my family, in the middle-class suburbs of Washington, DC. ItContinue reading “What is Home?”

Money Matters: How to Travel on a Budget

If you’re thinking about heading out and spending a large chunk of your money, there are resources to keep you traveling longer and options while traveling to stretch the budget. From volunteering in exchange for room and food, to booking sites, shared housing and rides and more, travel can be budget-friendly. I’m against the adviceContinue reading “Money Matters: How to Travel on a Budget”

How I Got Fired by My Big Time New York City Book Agent

“Hi Diana,” the e-mail titled with the subject “book” read. “My name is Big Time New York City Book Agent [ed. note: obviously, this is not the person’s real name] and I am the Big Time Person at the Big Time Literary Agency [ed. note: again, obviously changing]. I love your site and believe it couldContinue reading “How I Got Fired by My Big Time New York City Book Agent”

The Best Beaches in Phuket

Exotic food. Exotic beaches. Exotic attractions. In Phuket, exotic is the name of the game. This idyllic seaside town in Thailand is a main draw for tourists, thanks to the paradise it offers. Even the Phuket hotels transport guests to a world very different from what they are used to. But, isn’t that the pointContinue reading “The Best Beaches in Phuket”

The Truth About Riding Elephants

I watch, happy tears swelling in my eyes, as the first of two rescued ex-trekking elephants walks off of the truck, backing out slowly and cautiously placing her hind legs, one-at-a-time, on the ground. It’s pitch black, save for a few flashlights and one camera light. Around us, cicadas, frogs and crickets all compete toContinue reading “The Truth About Riding Elephants”

10 Tips for Solo Female Travelers

Do you want to travel solo but haven’t pulled the trigger yet? Traveling as a single female is more accessible than ever, thanks to a growing number of kick-ass women who take the plunge and hit the road for their own adventures. Whether heading out on a gap year, taking a career-break or simply going onContinue reading “10 Tips for Solo Female Travelers”

CityLove: Things to do on Ko Phi Phi

Thailand’s islands and beaches have long been romanticized as the place to go to experience the exotic, the beautiful. These spots, with limestone cliffs jutting out of the water, crystal clear sea, white beaches and, of course, the tropical hotels on Ko Phi Phi, influence people the world over to head here on their holidays. And,Continue reading “CityLove: Things to do on Ko Phi Phi”

9 Things to Know About Expat Life

Today marks three years of life as an expat. If you asked me three years ago, when I arrived wide-eyed to Chiang Mai if I ever would have imagined being in Spain today, I would have likely looked at you and laughed … because really? That notion, then, seemed absurd. And yet … here IContinue reading “9 Things to Know About Expat Life”