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February, 2017

  • 8 February

    Towns of Unusual Construction Materials

    Middelburg Housing (Unusual Construction Materials)

    Every now and then, I stumble upon a town almost entirely made from the same, unusual construction materials. I’m not talking about just wood or concrete. Here are some of the most interesting towns in the world when it comes to what they’re made of. Middelburg, Netherlands Middelburg was the first city I traveled to which surprised me by it’s …

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  • 5 February

    Follow in My Footsteps: Exploring Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard

    Selfie at Airplane Graveyard

    Many of you know I love to explore adventurous and unique locations. Thus, Bangkok’s airplane graveyard was a no-brainer. With Chiang Mai as my new home base, I’ve made several trips to or through Bangkok since the beginning of the year. On one of those trips, while I was only in town for a couple days, I was invited to …

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January, 2017

  • 31 January

    Two Years of Travel and a GPSMyCity Travel App Giveaway

    To celebrate my two year anniversary of traveling, I’ve teamed up with GPSMyCity to give away free travel apps to help you explore new cities. It’s been an incredible two years, and I’ve enjoyed sharing my stories you every step of the way. I currently call Chiang Mai my home, where I’ve rented my own condo for the next three …

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  • 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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