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January, 2017

  • 30 January

    My Brother and I Found Nemo at Ocean World in Bangkok

    Selfie at Ocean World Bangkok

    When I first considered going to Ocean World in Bangkok, I had no idea what to expect. I certainly wasn’t expecting to have as much fun as I did in this underground aquarium, nor did I realize that one of the world’s largest aquariums was under a street in Bangkok! I remember seeing Ocean World when I was in Bangkok …

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  • 26 January

    Thailand Transportation: The Cheapest Way to Get from Bangkok to Penang

    Selfie on Flight from Bangkok to Penang

    In January 2017, I had to get from Bangkok to Penang to renew my Visa for Thailand. As I was on a budget, I tried to take a train, but the tracks were flooded and my Visa was expiring in a couple days. Here’s how I managed to get a flight to Hat Yai in the south of Thailand for the …

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  • 22 January

    Just How Bad Can a Bad Hostel Get, And How to Avoid Them

    Messy Hostel Room (Bad Hostel)

    Hostels in Malaysia tend to be very cheap, so I don’t arrive at them with any high hopes of quality. However the hostel I stayed at in my trip to Penang gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “bad hostel.” A Penang Nightmare Contrary to my modus operandi, I chose to book my hostel in advance for my four-day trip …

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  • 12 January

    How to Travel to Koh Chang on a Budget

    Hat Sai Noi Beach (Koh Chang on a Budget)

    If you’re looking for a beautiful island to visit in Thailand, but need something that won’t break the bank, I’d have to recommend Koh Chang. Here’s a guide for exploring Koh Chang on a budget. Think $150 for a week! Accommodations Book a hostel on the island using Agoda. Several hostels are around 300 baht a night. Keep track of …

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  • 10 January

    Beaches, Waterfalls, Snorkeling and New Year’s Celebration: A Guide to Ko Chang, The Best Island in Thailand

    Months ago when I was still in Edinburgh, a friend of mine said I needed to visit Ko Chang. Forgetting this advice, I started looking for places to take my brother when he joined me in Thailand for the holiday season, and picked the same island. When I mentioned this to locals in the country, one for one they said …

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  • 4 January

    Christmas in the Hippie Village of Pai and a Secret Waterfall, Pai Part 2

    Selfie at Pai Waterfall

    Although I’ve been on the road through three Christmases, this was the first time I spent it somewhere unique and special. Pai, Thailand. My brother arrived in Thailand on December 18th for his first overseas adventure. After a brief exploration of Bangkok, we made our way up to Chiang Mai, and then to Pai. I had heard about Pai last …

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  • 3 January

    A Day Exploring the Sai Ngam Hot Springs and Pai Canyon – Pai Part 1

    Selfie at Pai Hot Springs

    If you like beautiful scenery, few tourists, a hippie culture and off-the-beaten-path attractions, Pai is the place for you. Hot springs, waterfalls, caves and Pai Canyon are just some of the attractions available. My brother and I went up to Pai for Christmas 2016. Renting scooters from Mango Bikes in Chiang Mai, we were able to complete the 140 km …

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  • 2 January

    New Year in Koh Chang and my New Year’s Resolution

    Selfie on Ko Chang for New Year

    Happy New Year, Everyone! While I didn’t match the 35 countries I visited in 2015, last year was truly an adventure. Some highlights include learning how to train horses in Sweden, getting my passport for the UK, an amazing month exploring Scotland, adventures in Sweden, setting up and losing a home base in Edinburgh, my dad coming to Scotland, moving …

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December, 2016

  • 28 December

    The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is So Much More Than Grand!

    I had one primary thought when I visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. They need a better word than “grand”! Magnificent? Stupendous? Getting to the Grand Mosque isn’t the easiest. The bus system in Abu Dhabi isn’t integrated into Google Maps yet, and both the bus and mosque websites are confusing and unhelpful. I got lucky …

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  • 17 December

    Follow in my Footsteps: The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is Too Damn Big, and the Burj Al Arab is Too Expensive

    Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab in Dubai

    Dubai literally blew my mind. For the first time, I can honestly say I had culture shock in a new location. Sure, I had some preconceived ideas what I would find in the city with the tallest building in the world. What I did find exceeded those expectations. I arrived in Dubai on Friday morning in a rented car for a …

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  • 15 December

    Some of the Observations I Made About the UAE

    Abu Dhabi from Beach

    I always thought Dubai was the capital city of the UAE, a small country to the north of Saudi Arabia known for its export of oil. Actually, the capital is Abu Dhabi where I spent most of my time while I was in the country. I was invited to Abu Dhabi by Louise, a fellow traveler I’ve met up with …

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  • 12 December

    How I Partook in the Arabian Culture at a Desert Safari

    For the past week I’ve been visiting the UAE, my 40th country. My first several days were spent in the capital of Abu Dhabi. This past weekend was a public holiday, and my friend Louise and I spent it on a trip to Dubai with tons of adventures, including a desert safari. Every culture and city has its tourist attractions. …

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  • 11 December

    My Visit to Stonehenge Was All About the Magic

    Stonehenge

    Stonehenge is a truly magical place. While I’ve checked it off my bucket list, it’s a place I’d like to visit again and again, and you should too! I heard about Stonehenge as a young kid and I always wanted to visit, yet I didn’t truly understand what it was. Then about 10 years ago, I read the book Tales of …

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  • 5 December

    A Bath in Bath: Enjoying the Thermae Spa

    Selfie at Thermae Spa in Bath

    Bath, England was one of the first locations I visited in my travels. Last week I returned to do the activities I missed in my last trip, namely a visit to the Thermae Spa. What a luxurious experience! Thermae Spa is a unique experience, up there with the Blue Lagoon in Iceland (at the top of my bucket list). The waters …

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  • 3 December

    Checking Greenwich and the Cutty Sark Off the Bucket List

    Selfie at the Prime Meridian in Greenwich

    London was the first city I traveled to when I set out on my never-ending journey from the USA. Within six months, I had visited four times and seen many of the landmarks. Unfortunately, London is one of the biggest cities I’ve been to in my travels. After those four visits, I’d hardly scratched the surface. This week I returned for …

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