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Today I said a frantic goodbye to Albany as I struggled to get my life packed up for the next five months. I’m currently en route to Martha’s Vineyard, where I’ll spend my first July 4th in six years in the good old USA — and then I’m off! It was pretty hard to say goodbye to my hometown right in the middle of its most gorgeous season, but I know I’ll be back for a nice chunk next summer. It’s hard to believe that in just one week I’ll be reporting from the departures terminal at JFK. These four and half months stateside just flew by.

I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my mom’s side of the family this week, so I’ve scheduled some fun mini-posts to keep things fresh around here while I’m beach bumming with my cousin and stand up paddling with my sister! Now, onto Photo of the Week…

Photo A
The Troy Riverfront Market

Photo B

Home sweet home

Photo C

Ready to hit the road! And a little preview of where I’m headed…

Which photo is your favorite?

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I’m giving away credit and some sweet swag over on my Facebook page! — winners will be drawn on Monday.

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Many thanks to the Daily Travel Podcast for having me on this week’s episode! You can have a listen .

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56 Comments...
  • Nathaniel
    June 29 2014

    Thanks for coming on the show, Meihoukai! Such an easy interview and inspiring chat. Have fun in the Vineyard — I’m not far, on the Cape!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 29 2014

      Not a bad place to be this week šŸ™‚ Enjoy the sunshine and thanks for having me!

  • Kiara Gallop
    June 29 2014

    Where abouts are you heading in England? It’s my home country, so I could always give you some recommendations šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      June 29 2014

      Just a week in London, Kiara! Have to pop over there anytime I’m in Europe to see my girlfriends who have all moved there šŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see them!

  • Heather
    June 29 2014

    Photo B: pictures of one’s hometown are always represented in a new bright light, especially after having been around the world!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 29 2014

      Even when they are quick iPhone snaps šŸ™‚

  • Tyrhone
    June 29 2014

    I like the giant clam looking thing, mainly because it looks like a giant clam, which is weird.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 29 2014

      Ha! That’s The Egg. It’s a really iconic theater/even space in Albany, and a very defining part of the skyline obviously! I had my senior prom there.

  • Caity
    June 29 2014

    I’m going for Photo C this week. There is something about seeing travel books in a line that makes my heart flutter!

    • Meihoukai
      June 29 2014

      Oh, you should see the whole lineup on my bookshelf then! šŸ™‚

  • Jade
    June 29 2014

    C! Nothing like a stack of guidebooks to get you pumped up for a trip! Love those old suitcases too šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      June 29 2014

      Those are some of my prized possessions! Some were hauled off the street on trash day in Brooklyn, and others are family heirlooms.

  • Ashley
    June 29 2014

    Love the vintage suitcases and guidebooks photo!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 29 2014

      Thanks Ashley! Luckily I’m not bringing all those guidebooks… only the two for countries that are new to me šŸ™‚

  • Shaz
    June 29 2014

    I love A! Two things that make me giddy, flowers and fonts šŸ™‚ Safe travels.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Couldn’t agree more Shaz, love it! šŸ™‚

  • Jason
    June 29 2014

    B, that egg intrigues me. I’d definitely like to check out New York’s capital city someday!

    • Jason
      June 29 2014

      And are you going to Malta on this Europe trip? I am fascinated by that country, and its people–I haven’t been and I have only met a few Maltese, but they have all been memorably awesome!!

      • Meihoukai
        July 2 2014

        I am indeed going to all the countries named on those guidebooks šŸ™‚ I have a week in Malta coming up and I can’t wait!

    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      I’m hoping to put together a 48 hour guide to Albany at some point — I’d love to have more travelers come to my hometown!

  • Billy
    June 29 2014

    You have to do some diving on the Greek Islands and tell us what it was like,

    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      I’m going diving in Santorini, can’t wait! I’m not sure if I’ll make it into the water in Ios and Mykonos, but Santorini will be exciting.

  • Divelicious Chris
    June 30 2014

    Definitely photo C! Although I really like the quote on photo A..
    Thanks for your email on Malta – I’ll remind you when you’ve left šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      So excited! Can’t believe how quickly I’ll be there.

  • Chris
    June 30 2014

    C for me!

    Home may be where the heart is, but you’re all about travel and adventure!!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Yup, I love the perfect balance of both! <3

  • Photo A was just the quote I needed to hear today of all days so it definitely wins my vote! Have a great 4th of July šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Thanks Miriam! I can’t wait for all the red white and blue ahead!

  • Stef
    June 30 2014

    Love the quote of Photo A!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      It is beautiful, isn’t it! Never seen it before šŸ™‚

  • I’m going to go with C… it’s no surprise your thailand book is the most beat up!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Ha, that book is from my trip back in ’09! I bought another one in 2012 I think but I gave it away on the road.

  • Photo C! Can’t wait to read your next adventures šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Thank you so much! I have so much more to share about being home first too!

  • Steve
    June 30 2014

    I am choosing photo C. Holding a passport is a privilege. The guidebooks remind me to get out of the post Portugal blues and start planning my trip to the Baltics in September.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      It is a privilege indeed! I LOVE travel planning… enjoy the journey!

  • Janice Stringer
    June 30 2014

    Will you be going to Koh Tao? Just thinking my daughter maybe able to meet up with you somewhere?
    And the Peonies – always my favourite. Reminds me of my garden when I was a child šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      I am indeed going back to Koh Tao! I can’t wait to return and hunker down for a few months of hard work and sunshine!

  • Ellen
    June 30 2014

    Hi Meihoukai! I found your blog when I was planning our holiday to Indonesia this summer and I’m a loyal reader even since šŸ™‚
    Which cities are you planning to visit in Belgium (my homecountry) ?
    Make sure you visit Antwerp, it’s were al the cool kids live šŸ˜‰

    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Hey Ellen! I will be in Boom for Tomorrowland for the majority but I’ll otherwise be based out of Belgium. Planning a day trip to Ghent and Bruges though!

  • Exciting trip ahead of you! I LOVE Greece, looking forward to reading your posts. I spent 6 years living in London and I miss being able to travel around Europe so easily, definitely one of my favourite regions in the world
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Every part of me is excited for Europe… except for my wallet šŸ™‚

  • The Guy
    June 30 2014

    5 months of travel ahead. Sounds exciting and I look forward to seeing where you end up.

    Congrats on the podcast feature.

    Also enjoy your celebrations on Friday.

    I’ll plummet for picture A this week. Very nice quote on the right hand side picture.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Thanks Guy! I can’t wait to announce my trip next week šŸ™‚

  • Krista
    June 30 2014

    Looking forward to hearing about any diving around Greece and Malta!! Have an amazing trip as always
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Me too! Except for the cold… I’m going to be wrapped in neoprene!

  • Justine
    June 30 2014

    C for me…I love the vintage suitcases! Happy and safe travels šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      They are some of my prized possessions! If only I could take them on the road šŸ™‚

  • Jo
    June 30 2014

    Photo C. I’m in Greece right now! It’s great. x
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Awesome! I am so insanely looking forward to the Greece portion of my trip. Get me there now!

  • Kristen Noelle
    June 30 2014

    a is very charming! the quote is not one that I’ve seen before but I absolutely agree. And I love the angle in B. Whew your next adventures seem so exciting, can’t wait to hear about Greece!!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      I know! Big announcement post about that adventure coming up next week. CAN’T WAIT!

  • Maria from Nerd Nomads
    June 30 2014

    I love photo C. It is a special feeling to read guidebooks and get all excited about a country and day dream of traveling there. My bookshelf is also packed with Lonely Planet books :).

    When and where are you coming to Thailand?
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    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      I’m arriving in Thailand in late August and heading directly to Koh Tao to park my butt on the beach and work on some big projects somewhere fabulous and familiar šŸ™‚ I can’t wait!

  • Kiara Gallop
    July 1 2014

    Well have an awesome time! I love London šŸ™‚ One of my best friends lives there too so I try to fit a visit in about 3 or 4 times a year (but then I only live 3 hours away so it’s a little easier for me!

    • Meihoukai
      July 2 2014

      Yeah, I aim for once a year or two. Any more than that and my wallet starts to sob!