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Thankful List 2014

Tweet Blessed. It’s a word I’m sick of seeing on Instagram, but on this day, it’s true. It’s the day I reflect on the good in my life, on the great people I’m surrounded by and the opportunities I’ve been lucky enough to have. I create these Thankful Lists every year since I was 15 […]

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How to Have a Girls’ Night Out in Bangkok

Tweet Whether you love or hate Bangkok, you have to admit that there are all sorts of things to keep you entertained. If you’ve seen The Hangover 2, you know that this can often be a dangerous quality to the city, where ladyboys and cheap drinks are plentiful and streets like Soi Cowboy and Khaosan Road […]

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On Being Part of the Tribe

Tweet You probably won’t see members of my tribe in native dress. They might not look all that different from you. You might not be able to notice that they’re part of a tribe at all, but I can almost immediately see it in their eyes. I’m part of a tribe of travelers. We are […]

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Thankful List 2013

Tweet Another whirlwind year passes and I have so much to be thankful for. I am constantly amazed at all the opportunities I’ve been given and the people I’ve met this year. I’m thankful for the places I’ve been able to visit, including Florida, Canada, Baton Rouge and Turkey. I’ve had other moments that weren’t […]

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Nomadism and Friendship

Tweet One of the problems with being a sketchy flaky “free spirit” like myself is that you find yourself having difficulty making deep connections with others. I try not to get too close to people because I know one of us, probably myself, will eventually leave. I know a lot of people living in every […]

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You Can’t Go Home

Tweet I’ve long considered Charleston more of my “home” than Atlanta. While I was raised in Georgia, Charleston is where I did most of my growing up and what made me into the person I am today. It’s where I learned to live with others, where I balanced work and play, where I found out the […]

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Announcing Sponsors and Surprises

Tweet If you’ve been stalking following me on Facebook, you might have heard that my friend Scotti texted me last week to get me to take a few days off work at the end of the month. She said we were going on a trip but wouldn’t tell me where. All I knew was that I […]

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The Art of Losing

Tweet*Editor’s Note: I wrote this post a few months ago, right after Heather left. I thought I should wait until I had more to say, but I think it makes as much sense now as it ever will.  I know this feeling. It’s plagued me before. Last summer, on my last day in Croatia, I […]

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Canberra: It’s Not Easy Being the ACT

TweetIf Sydney’s the city you want to hook up with and Melbourne is the city you want to date, then you could say Canberra is that drunken one night stand that you’d like to forget. Or so I came to believe when I told Sydneysiders that it was the next stop on my road trip. […]

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Observations from a Couch Surfing Virgin

Tweet I joined the website out of curiosity long before I worked up the courage to do it. I had heard great stories from Andi as well as friends from Charleston who had hosted people. But was I cut out for it? I felt weird about staying at a stranger’s house in a strange city, […]

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