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Trip: WorldNomads Scholarship

There are [18] stories from my trip: WorldNomads Scholarship

Mo' Mo-Mo's, Mo' Problems

NEPAL | Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | Views [41]

The saying 'my eyes were bigger than my stomach' takes on a whole new meaning when you land in Southeast Asia. While Thailand takes the cake in this category, the variety of ethnic cuisines available in Nepal isn't far behind. For the budget traveler, ... Read more >

It's Not Wanderlust, It's a Vision Quest

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | Views [42]

A lover once exclaimed, in reference to my wanderlust, “You can’t live your life on vacation!” I’m not sure it occurred to him that my travels are more of a vision quest, and that my roughly calculated steps, which come in the ... Read more >

Tags: fortune tellers, malaysia, penang, spiritual travel

Welcoming 2014

THAILAND | Wednesday, 1 Jan 2014 | Views [13]

           These are the last 12 hours of 2013. My mind sifts through memories of where I've come from and where I've been like a flip-book. I’m at Doi Suthep, a temple outside ... Read more >

Tags: chiang mai, new years, thailand, wat suan dok

How I Almost Got Deported

THAILAND | Wednesday, 25 Dec 2013 | Views [13]

     We thought we were in the clear. We acted fast in the Kathamandu airport and paid for a flight to make our connection from Dhaka to Burma. We were then advised not to leave the airport, spent 22 hours in a box of malaria-waiting-... Read more >

Tags: airports, burma, christmas, layover, thailand

Why You Shouldn't Fly Biman Air

BANGLADESH | Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | Views [27]

We needed proof of onward travel from Nepal so we booked our flight to Burma through OneTravel. I read reviews for Biman Air and, as usual, found mixed reviews. When we arrived to Kathmandu's small and run down airport we found that our booking ... Read more >

Tags: airports, bangladesh, biman air, layover

Finding Shangri-la in the Nepalese Hills

NEPAL | Sunday, 15 Dec 2013 | Views [62]

   I asked for the date while filling out the storage invoice for our bags, "December 1st", the clerk replied. I'd been oblivious to time since arriving in Nepal and forgotten my upcoming birthday -December 2nd. So it was decided, I would be ... Read more >

Tags: nepal, spiritual travel, trekking

Arriving in Kathmandu

NEPAL | Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | Views [1566]

      When I mentioned to a customer that I would begin my travels for the winter in Nepal they told me that Nepal emits a spiritual energy like nowhere else. "When you walk out of the airport, you can sense something mystical ... Read more >

Tags: kathmandu, nepal, spiritual travel, trekking

Thanksgiving in Nepal

USA | Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 | Views [7]

 Today my friends and family will be eating foods I can currently only dream of while I celebrate my gratefulness over daahl baht, chapati, and pristine views of the Himalaya with my good friend Kendra. I am constantly reminded on the road, as ... Read more >

Roadtripping the Big Sur Coast, California

USA | Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 | Views [10]

      "Have you ever thought about going California?" the medium asked. I told her I had thought about it, but never made any serious plans. "I see you will be going there as well, before your trip east," she said, "You ... Read more >

Finding my Travel Companion

USA | Friday, 22 Nov 2013 | Views [17]

        Sitting on the the plane to California it suddenly occurred to me that the moment had already happened. Five months ago I made the move from Key West, FL to Nantucket, MA to work as a waitress for the sumer and stop scrapping ... Read more >

Tags: spiritual travel, travel companions

Sharing Stories - A Glimpse into Another's Life - Fanta and Onions in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Views [196] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

Her face remained soft and unbothered by the audible calamity of her assault. As she cuts the wood, I ask her what the sign on the wall says. With her eyes still like ponds in tawny enclaves, she cracks down the ax and says, "Bawo Ndiphe Amandla ... Read more >

Tags: Travel Writing Scholarship 2013

How to Swim with a Whale Shark

USA | Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 | Views [174]

Ideally when you encounter the mammoth and famously docile whale shark you'll be taken by surprise and have this Jacques Cousteau-esque moment at sea. You'll free dive the underbelly of the biggest fish in the world, thinking for a moment, engulfed ... Read more >

Tags: animal travel, eco-travel, isla mujeres, scuba diving, whale sharks

Why You Should Plan a Layover in Singapore

SINGAPORE | Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 | Views [286]

             One thing every budget traveler knows is that a layover is the perfect way to indulge in a country you may have otherwise flown right over. While visa rules can put a hinderance on stepping foot off airport ... Read more >

Tags: airports, layovers, singapore, smart travel

Stepping into Tampak Siring

INDONESIA | Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013 | Views [990] | Comments [2]

      On the quest to find my white whale I've fallen a few times. I clumsily get up though, to see the sun rise over fertile South African valleys and set behind majestic Adirondack mountains, to feel the sand of the Indian Ocean or the ... Read more >

Tags: bali, spiritual travel, temples, ubud

Photos: Bali

USA | Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | Flickr Photo Gallery

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Photos: Views from the Road

INDONESIA | Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Southeast Asia

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | Flickr Photo Gallery

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My Scholarship entry - A local encounter that changed my life

WORLDWIDE | Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | Views [140] | Scholarship Entry

After the bliss of a saffron morning, on a plum night, I saw the yolk of an egg cook to a deep red between the mountains. I saw how it boiled over and spilt the horizon. I plucked a dragon fruit from under an ancestral filled sky and slurped ... Read more >

Tags: travel writing scholarship 2012