Traveling throughout Asia is a whirlwind of emotions, a travel rollercoaster unlike any. For me, Thailand ignited my wanderlust and made me realize just how big the world is and how much of it needs to be explored. Thailand was also my first real international trip & prior to going, I didn’t do much research on the country itself but rather what to pack for a year in a foreign country. So naturally, a few/lot of things went a little skew. Learning from my mistakes of the past, I’ve created a list of all the things I wished I had known before traveling to Thailand, rather than just how many skirts I should pack.
Chiang Mai is one of the oldest cities in Thailand, founded in 1296 and once was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, today Chiang Mai offers a charming and laidback vibe; everything from green mountainous landscapes, admiring beautiful animals & of course, the most exotic and droolingly delicious flavors. Of course, two days in any city is not nearly enough time to see, do, and eat everything but with three days in the northern capital, you will be able to get a teaser of what Chiang Mai is.
I am the queen of lists. I love all lists, but I have to say that my favorite kind of lists are bucket lists! Every time I got a new place, city or country I start a bucket list. I am already over the moon with excitement for the trip but creating a bucket makes me even more so excited about the trip and helps me organize my trip. I am able to see, do and eat all the things I really want to and always leave room for some spontaneity.
If you are trying to get away from the booming and busy city of Bangkok, Ayutthaya is just what you need. Learning about the history of the “Land of Smiles” will take you deep into the temples found spread through Ayutthaya. The ancient capital of Siam is located about 70 km or about an hour outside of Bangkok. As it may not be as much of a popular destination today, Ayutthaya was once the thriving capital of Thailand, home to over millions of people. The city flourished in the eyes of its competitors, who jealously drooled over the success of the city.
The moment I landed in Bangkok I anticipated an adventure. My yoga pants vacuumed to my already sweating legs, not a sign in sight I could understand or a letter I could read, and people were literally a blur, zigzagging around me. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of traveling to Bangkok a few times and each time it is a whole new adventure, and that is one of the things I absolutely love about Thailand. Every time you go, it’s like experiencing it for the first time.
There are 48 countries in the continent of Asia. That’s a lot of places to attempt to visit and some are more difficult to get to than others. So instead of creating a personalized bucket list for every single place in Asia, I’ve decided to let reality bring me back to Earth and make a some-what-reasonable bucket list that I could potentially accomplish!
From what I learned & what I wished I knew at the time, Helsinki is not about sights and structures. It has to do with experiences and becoming a part of the Finnish culture. While you are spending time in Helsinki or neighboring cities try relaxing at a Finnish spa, or de-stress at the sauna, get your nerd on in one of the exquisitely designed libraries, embrace the coffee culture and devour the taste of the Nordic capital. Helsinki is the World Design Capital.
FOOD IS LIFE (obviously) and with the world being so big and filled with such exotic flavors and cuisines it only makes sense to eat your way through every city, country, and continent. While I spent two years in Europe, I had the pleasure of being able to travel to a number of different cuisines, naturally, I made a bucket list of the foods that needed to eaten, tasted, licked, slurped, chewed or gulped throughout Europe.
As we get older, we don’t often realize that our parents are getting older as well. As our time becomes less available, with our busy schedules and popping social lives, we slowly forget that the time we have with our parentals also becomes scarce. The truth is, and as sad as this sounds, I don’t think we realize how much we take our parents for granted. At least, in a personal aspect; I don’t think I could find the words or time to thank my parents for everything that they have done.
A weekend is never enough time to experience a city, but sometimes life gets in the way of letting us jet off to a new country. Rome is a city that you could easily spend months in, wandering through the ancient ruins, stopping at each gelato shop to sample every flavor; but for those of us that can’t live the jet-setter lifestyle, Rome is a city that can be discovered in a weekend; crunch time.
When I first moved to Europe to teach English in Spain, I dreamed of visiting every country on the continent. At this time, it was just that: a dream. I … Continue reading 28 Lessons from 28 Countries
Croatia should be one everyone’s bucket list and not just for the Yacht Parties and the perfect blue waters. Croatia is a land straight out of Game of Thrones (literally, parts were filmed there); filled with medieval history, intricate architecture, and jaw-dropping nature and scenery. If you have the time, expenses and patience the best way to see Croatia is a classic ROOOAD TRIP through the country. That is what my sister and I did during our European Summer Adventure together in 2016. There were certain parts of Croatia we opted out of and do an unforeseen incident (which resulted in taking the backroads from city to city) and instead of a famous population destination we chose to cross borders and check out a lesser known city.
SEVENTY-NINE. 79. That’s approximately how many museums can be found in Washington DC. I certainly have not had the opportunity to discover all of these buildings, not even close. I have been to some and a few of these I highly recommend you visit while in DC. I’ve compiled a list of SOME information about SOME of the museums to help you decide which museums spark your interest and you want to discover more.