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Mindful travel

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Travel Insights

Why don’t we ever talk about the bad days?

Yesterday, I had a long wait in Yogyakarta Airport thanks to flight delays. I was in one of those troughs characteristic to solo travel, coming right off a soul-soaring high. I was sleep deprived, hung over, and sad at…

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Spain Travel Insights

Barcelona and the hostel family

A group of young dark-haired men sat on the steps of the Plaça del Sol, strumming guitars and tapping the ground with their feet. Around them, a crowd gathered to clap to the Spanish beat and sing along to…

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Spain Travel Insights

Why I Travel: Discovering Magic in Cordoba

As I walked up from the Guadalquivir River, light, summery music floated through the streets. Ahead of me was the grand Mezquita-Catedral, Cordoba’s greatest claim to fame. The sun had just set and the sky was entering its magnetic…

Travel Insights

What makes the ultimate travel destination?

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: Travel isn’t always glamorous locations. It may seem that way when you’re following your friends’ travels on Facebook (or if you’re keeping up with my ARoamerTherapy page). But I can…

phong nha khe bang
Travel Insights Vietnam

Phong Nha Khe Bang & the art of trusting

Karst hills rose spectacularly around us as our boat put-putted upriver. We passed grazing buffalo, playful, naked children, a church spire shrouded by dense foliage, and boxy pastel houses lining the river. Several tourist boats raced by, their hulls…

Asia Myanmar

Kindness in Yangon

Yangon conjures visions of Myanmar’s golden past, a country rich with intellectual life and bustling with visitors from near and far. I’ve been told Yangon used to be a major airport hub between the East and West during the…

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Mexico North America

Valladolid: Swimming in cenotes

Richly pink orchid petals fell from a tree overhead, decorating the surface of the water and attracting dragonflies that hummed close to my head. High above, a flock of swallows flew in synchronised circles beneath the cavern roof. Catfish…