Love and the airport

The two are cuddled next to each other. He strums on his guitar in the middle of Bangkok Airway’s lounge. Annoying considering I want silence so I can watch “Shameless” and his hectic playing penetrates my headphones blocking my ears from outside noise. But her? She looks at him with goo-goo eyes. Clearly, in love.Continue reading “Love and the airport”

Rain, rain, stay: a look at Chiang Mai’s rainy season

About Chiang Mai’s rainy season Let’s get one thing clear: you cannot smell the rain coming. The air is too thick, too humid, to smell anything other than the chilis or hunks of meat being cooked outside. But, you can feel it. Like, in the arthritic sense where your bones ache. And, often times, becauseContinue reading “Rain, rain, stay: a look at Chiang Mai’s rainy season”

Beach Republic: a lesson in boozin’ it up

There are two things Beach Republic, located in the northern part of Lamai on Koh Samui, makes very clear: You’re on holiday (!) — drink, drink and drink some more. And, you, too, can own your own little slice of paradise on the island. There is no escaping either of these two messages. Even inContinue reading “Beach Republic: a lesson in boozin’ it up”

Rejuvenation at Breeze Spa

Joy, my massage therapist, rolls the hot rocks gently over the back of my legs, sending a jolt of electricity through my body. I’m laying, face down, staring at a bowl full of flowers, breathing the aromatic scent of lavendar and other essential oils, as she slowly works the stones into my muscles, using themContinue reading “Rejuvenation at Breeze Spa”

Tips on being an expat in Chiang Mai

One year ago today, after an epic road trip across America, I embarked on my latest chapter of my life — becoming an expat and living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. // // This gorgeous and relaxing town in northern Thailand is a hot spot for digital nomads, largely because of the inexpensive lifestyle that canContinue reading “Tips on being an expat in Chiang Mai”

Party like you’re underage in Chewang

It’s a humid night on Koh Samui when I head out from Amari to meet two of my friends in the heart of Chewang. I’ve got no idea what to expect, but once I start walking, I begin to imagine the bars in Chewang will be similar to the backpacker enclave I so loathe inContinue reading “Party like you’re underage in Chewang”

Ahh, Amari

I have a checklist for what constitutes my version of paradise: 1. A gorgeous location 2. Something gorgeous to view 3. Someplace gorgeous to stay 4. The ability to tune out the real world and relish all of the gorgeous Amari Palm Reef in Koh Samui is one example of my paradise. Located in theContinue reading “Ahh, Amari”

Vacation, all I ever wanted

There’s a panic that sets in sometimes. A panic of being stationary. When this panic sets in, I normally high tail it out of the place I am to embark on an adventure. But, this time, I don’t want to do that. I just want a break.  Some “me” time that whisks me out of myContinue reading “Vacation, all I ever wanted”

Daily Wanderlust: Storms on Samui

There is a gentle breeze in the air and dark, ominous clouds hovering over our heads as Paula and I make our way from the main loop road in Lamai down to the beach on one of Thailand’s biggest islands, Koh Samui. “It definitely looks like it is going to rain,” we say to eachContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Storms on Samui”