38 Reasons Why I am Excited to Visit Japan

Next week, I’m going to Japan. It’s my first real visit there. I say “real visit” because back in 2004, on my way home from Thailand, my friend and I stopped in Tokyo for a long layover. After arriving at 6am, we left the airport, saw the imperial palace, realized Tokyo in January is a […]

The Best Thai Food You Can Eat

I know Monday’s post was a bit of a Debbie Downer, but don’t worry, I’m not done writing about travel—just being a permanent nomad. So in a complete 180 from Monday’s post, let’s talk about travel and my love of good Thai food. When I returned to Thailand a few weeks ago from being in […]

Experiencing Local Cambodian Culture on Bamboo Island

Last week, I took my own advice about not wasting time and spent my last few days in Cambodia on Bamboo Island. I’m glad I did—it turned out to be the highlight of my trip, my first glimpse into Khmer (Cambodian) culture. Bamboo Island is an hour off the coast, near the town of Sihanoukville […]

The Wonderful Ruins of Angkor Wat

I didn’t make it to Angkor Wat this trip, but I was there in 2007. I’d hoped to go back—not because the ruins are different or because I wanted to deal with the larger crowds. No, I just wanted to take pictures with a better camera. But since I didn’t get do that, I decided […]

How a Harsh Reality Destroyed My Dreams and Why I’m OK with That

I had a dream once. It was a damn good dream too. It began last November. I would land in Asia, the last stop on my nomadic journey, explore everything I hadn’t seen, and re-see all my favorites. I’d visit Hong Kong, finally get to Laos, relax on the islands off Cambodia, trek the jungles […]

The Complete Guide To Diving in Koh Tao

This is a guest post by Alexandra Baackes. Travelers in Thailand like to label their destinations neatly. Intricate island paradises are boiled down to one or two simple words or associations. Koh Phi Phi? The Beach. Koh Phangan? The Full Moon Party. Koh Tao? Diving. Some of them are fairly well deserved. After all, Koh […]