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WIN the Ultimate Dream Life Abroad in Luang Prabang, Laos

UPDATE: This contest is currently cancelled. We apologize to those who applied. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Isabel directly on the Facebook page.   I still remember […]

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10 Ways Living Abroad Changed Me for the Better

  I don’t think it’s possible to live abroad, to completely immerse yourself in a foreign culture, and to not come back changed. If you don’t see something, do something […]

Tourism Authority of Thailand Contest: Meant to Move to Isaan

Happy Tuesday! I have a big favor to ask of you. Below is an excerpt from my entry into a contest run by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The challenge […]

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What to Pack for Asia: 6 Essential Items

One of the reasons we travel is to experience other cultures. We’re prepared to see how the locals live, what kinds of food they eat and how, where they shop […]

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Stuck on a Plane in China

I’ve been staring out the oval window of my Korean Air jet for the past three hours. We’ve boarded, watched the safety video, had our first meal, coffee served. But […]

The Traveler’s Itch: Next Stop, India.

It’s been years since I first experienced it. My first overseas trip was for a study abroad opportunity in college. I went to Oviedo, Spain (in Asturias, near the northern […]

Overcoming Homesickness

Homesickness has hit me like a Thai teacher’s hand to the back of a rowdy student’s head – swiftly, consistently, and without reason. Each time my wanderlust wins the battle […]

10 Reasons I Can’t Wait to be Back in Asia

1. The humidity does great things for my natural curls. 2. I can wander around alone and lost and still get inspired. 3. The wonderful hospitality and curiosity of the locals. 4. Street-side […]

I’m Going to China!

Teacher Jess has officially become Professor Jess. Yep, I’ve just accepted a university teaching position in China! I know I’ve only been home for several weeks, and while the most […]

The (Long) Road Home

The other day, on a bus in Thailand, I met a girl from England who told me she had never traveled her country outside of her own city. And a […]

Fighting Cocks: The Real Angry Birds

Out of town, past the only 7-11, when the smooth pavement turns to potholed patches of road and then to dirt, take a right. Drive through the ruts until you […]

Elephant Round-up

The Surin Elephant Round-up has been an annual occurrence since 1960, but because it’s located in Northeastern Thailand, in a small province where not much else happens, it isn’t widely […]

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