When I set out for the beach town of Canggu, just over an hour south of Ubud on Bali’s southeastern coast, I didn’t plan to learn to surf. Actually, I didn’t plan to…plan. My whole goal was to go somewhere new with absolutely no plan at all and to say “yes” to any (reasonable) suggestion that came my way. So, when the first person that I met said, “you must learn to surf when in Canggu,” I gulped a little.Continue Reading
“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”
Can you remember that time that you had the perfect sandwich?
It could have been purposefully ordered with anticipation at a fancy rooftop restaurant in Paris or stumbled on at a truck stop during a road trip through the middle of Texas.
The point is, that once tasted, the sandwich must be tasted again.Continue Reading
Upon arrival at the Cave Lodge, I knew that the small hassle to find this remote place in the wilderness of the Pang Mapha district was well worth it. I walked onto the main patio and was immediately transported back in time to the summer camp of my youth.
Backpackers lounged in hammocks and chatted.Continue Reading
During my recent trip to Chiang Dao, “City of Stars,” I climbed 500 stairs every morning to reach a mountaintop Temple in a remote reach of Northern Thailand.
As I loped up the wide, meandering stairs lined with motivational messages on either side, I recalled a set of stairs in another remote part of the world that were a little less…encouraging.Continue Reading
The van pulled up to the Elephant Nature Park just outside of Chiang Mai and disgorged six sweaty strangers. Not one of us had any idea what to expect from a night spent in an elephant sanctuary, or that in just 24 hours we would leave the park forever changed – and forever friends.
I fell into step beside Jenn, a 28-year-old hospital social worker turned world traveler, as our guide, Tong, hurried us along a broad patio to an unspecified location. We stopped short when, upon rounding a corner, we found elephants politely reaching toward baskets of bananas that lined the platform where we stood.Continue Reading
How is it possible that, at the age of 37, I didn’t know how to ride a bike?
I’ll get right to it: I grew up cross-eyed. Yep, until I was 16 years old, one of my eyes was always turned toward my nose.Continue Reading