7 Reasons to Travel with Friends

11110135_3056929751660_7780558661966020272_n As I’m sure you can tell from my posts, I’ve always been a big fan of solo travel.  But for the first time this year, I got the opportunity to travel with some of my best friends (and boyfriend).  I booked the trip not expecting anyone else to join, but I sent out the itinerary to several of my friends who had expressed interest in traveling with me someday…and low and behold, three of them went ahead and booked the trip!  We went to Colombia and the experience was different than my past trips – I wouldn’t say better or worse, just different.  Here are a few things that I loved about traveling with my best friends…. Continue reading

Full Moon Survival Tips!

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Being the bookworm that I am and positively addicted to travel blogs, I read up on Koh Phangan’s Full Moon parties as much as I could before embarking on my trip. But now, having experienced it, I’m not sure there is anything that can fully prepare you for the shock and wildness of Koh Phangan’s beach parties. However, I do think there are ways to set yourself up to have as successful of a beach experience as possible. Here are my tips and ideas on how to have the best full moon party ever. Continue reading

The Full Moon Party Experience

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On my first trip to Thailand, I didn’t make it to a Full Moon party…but from all the other travelers I talked to, this seemed to be a can’t-miss-once-in-a-lifetime experience. I wasn’t going to miss out on that during my second trip to Southeast Asia. It may be an 18-year-old infested party of animalistic and hedonistic activity, but it still felt like something I had to try at least once. And since my trip overlapped with New Years Eve, I got to experience not one, but two parties within a 7 day period – I believe this is the only time of year that two parties occur back to back like this. Although if you count the plethora of Full Moon spin-off parties (Half Moon, Black Moon, etc), I suppose one could argue my point.

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How to Survive Songkran in Thailand

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Back in November, I was doing some research for work and came across an article on the world’s best cultural festivals.  It was there that I learned about Songkran in Thailand and I knew I had to see this fabulous and exciting event in action.  The next day I was on the phone with American booking a ticket to Thailand.  In case you aren’t familiar, Songkran is Thailand’s new year celebration and for three days, the entire country partakes in a giant water fight that lasts morning until evening.  And in no city is it more boisterous and wild than in Chiang Mai. Continue reading

Reflections on My First Time in Southeast Asia

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All in all, I have to say that my first trip to Asia was absolutely incredible.  I completely fell in love with Thailand.  There is something for everyone here — culture, architecture, beaches, adventure and activities galore.  I know this won’t be my last trip to this incredible country — I already look forward to the day when I get to go back.  The trip has also instilled in me a large desire to go back and explore the rest of this region of the world.  In fact, I’m already trying to figure out how to go back and visit Vietnam at the holidays. Continue reading

How to Have a Successful Vacation Romance

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I don’t know about you, but every time I board a plane, I secretly hope in the back of my mind that a cute guy will sit down next to me.  It’s silly, but movies have conditioned us to believe that these sorts of meet cutes do occur.  And they do lead to happiness and marriage.  Wouldn’t it be romantic to walk by the Eiffel Tower and immediately have a Frenchmen sweep you off your feet?  Now maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think so.   Continue reading

What To Do in a Weekend in LA

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I’m a dork and love perusing the Couchsurfing LA page and giving people recommendations on what to do when they are in LA.  I, like so many others, love sharing the best my city has to offer with visitors who are coming thru.  There are loads of great things to do that won’t be included on this list…but these are my personal recommendations for those from out of town who want to get a glimpse of LA in a short amount of time. Continue reading