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Last year when I rolled out my plans for 2014, I said that I wanted to build a life that involved “roughly a third of the year in the US with friends and family, a third of the year in my home away from home of Southeast Asia, and about a third actively exploring new places.” I’m happy to say that I stuck to that plan last year, and I’m all set up to do so again this time around.

One thing that made my heart swell while I wrote this post? How much of 2015 is going to be spent with my nearest and dearest. And while beyond the next two months, little is confirmed and much is up in the air, I’m absolutely tickled by the direction in which this year is heading. It might just be my best one yet.

Travel Plans for 2014

Startin’ in the South

January

I really agonized over how to kick off 2015. But if you follow me on or , you know where I ended up. I’m thrilled to be spending a week hanging with my baby sister here in New Orleans — and, bonus! Brooklyn Bestie Zoe and her sister are here too. I love this city.

This weekend, I’m heading straight for a state I’m long overdue to return to — Florida. (And via a free flight, thanks to my stash of Southwest miles!) I adore the Sunshine State and literally could not be more jazzed about this trip, which will involve eighteen days, four cities, five family members, two close friends, and countless hours of sunshine. I’ll be starting with a few days in Orlando using more of my dad’s Disney points — thanks dad! — before heading up to my girl s hometown of Jacksonville for a few more. Next, I’ll take the train down to Tampa, where I’ll hang out with my aunts for a week — my dad and little sister are even flying in for a few days of fun. Finally, I’ll be joined by Hometown Hottie Michelle, who will copilot our road trip down Route A1A to Miami, where my cousin Eric is based. While I’ve been to Florida dozens of times in my childhood, I’m loving rediscovering it as a traveler. Please feel free to share any travel tips or must-dos for anywhere along the way!

Miami

Swinging Through Central

January-April

I’m bubbling over with excitement for this, and can’t believe I’ve been able to hold out on telling y’all for so long (though let’s face it — I’ve been hinting). Mid January I’ll fly from Miami to Managua (another free flight, this time courtesy of my Aadvantage miles) — Central America here I come! I’ll be relaxing in Nicaragua for about a month before heading to El Salvador for , a new festival being hosted by a group of my closest Brooklyn friends. I’ll be hosting a writing seminar at the festival and look forward to soaking up all kinds of inspiring creative vibes.

Post-festival, I plan to explore El Salvador and Guatemala, or possibly return to Belize or Honduras. Aside from the festival and a week when I’ll be joined by my sister and cousin (who are teachers in different states, but just so happen to have the same spring break!), I’ll be doing this trip spontaneous and solo. I’m fired up to get back to my backpacking roots and go at my own slow pace, to work unselfishly, and to both enjoy and escape the Gringo Trail as needed.

And I’m going to cap this trip off in the most festive of ways — joining my girl Heather for Batabano — basically the Caymanian Carnival — in my old haunt the Cayman Islands! A relatively cheap and direct flight from La Ceiba, Honduras to Grand Cayman makes it the perfect pit stop on the way home.

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Summer in the States

May-August

I happily plan to continue to my tradition of spending the summer months within North America, soaking up the good weather and traveling domestically to visit loved ones. Nothing is set in stone yet but I’m sure there will be heavy heapings of Albany, New York, and Martha’s Vineyard. Also in the works? Trips to Ithica, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nashville, Seattle, and Newfoundland (finally, a proper trip to Canada!). I’m also hoping to make it to TBEX North America, pending the date and location announcement, and am considering entering the Burning Man ticket lottery again.

It will be a busy four months! And it could have been even more hectic — I scrapped original plans to spend a month in Europe taking advantage of several enticing opportunities. But part of my Burnout Reduction Plan is saying no to even the most tempting offers if it means maintaining my sanity and remaining true to my top priorities — which in this case is dedicating my summers to family and friends.

Martha's Vineyard

Sojourn to Southeast Asia

September-February

You know I can’t function without a flight to Bangkok in my future, right? I’ll be heading back to Thailand in early September and I plan to stay put in the region for about six months. (After which I’ll be popping back to the USA for a family reunion in Key West to celebrate my dad’s retirement and a major milestone birthday — I’ve never nailed down a trip so far ahead in my life, but you’ve got to when you’re juggling fourteen schedules!)

When I think about this time back in Thailand I daydream about happy days based back on Koh Tao, side trips to visit friends on Bali and Gili Trawangan, returning to Yi Peng festival in Chiang Mai, finally discovering Myanmar with my friend Anna, but mostly just large swaths of time sitting still. This is where I recharge. This is my happy place.

Southeast Asia

So, do you have any tips or tricks for me? Which trip are you most excited to read about?

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  • KMunoz
    January 2 2015

    Happy New Year, Meihoukai! Sounds like a lot of awesome days are heading your way. I’ll be in Central America at the same time. Do you ever host meetups or anything in places you travel? It would be so cool to connect!

    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      I think 2015 will be the year I finally start doing so! Keep an eye on my Instagram and let me know if we’re nearby 🙂

      • Tracey @ A Taste of Trace
        January 4 2015

        I’d love it if this happened! I’ll be roaming around Nicaragua for all of January!
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      • Lena
        January 8 2015

        That would be awesome, Meihoukai. I should be in South East Asia at the same time like you, hopefully we can finally meet!

    • Sarah
      January 6 2015

      Same! I plan on being in SEA September – December

  • Caity
    January 2 2015

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting this post and it hasn’t disappointed! I think I’m most looking forward to reading about your Central America adventures. Perhaps because at the moment for me travel in this region is not gonna happen, I am not massively psyched about it…but I am looking forward to you winning me over as you have done in the past (The Philippines, Greece spring to mind!) Happy 2015!

    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      Challenge accepted, Caity! So excited to be back in Latin America!

  • Ashley
    January 2 2015

    Such exciting plans! I’m looking forward to reading about your Central America trip- especially Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador. El Salvador isn’t really on my travel radar at the moment, but I have a feeling I’ll be adding it to my wishlist after I read your posts!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      I’m with ya, Ashley! I’m really grateful to Equilibrio for bringing me there already, as its not a place I think I otherwise would have gone for!

  • Karlijn Travels
    January 2 2015

    This sounds like a perfect plan Meihoukai, I’m so excited for you! I’m looking forward to all your posts and photos, have a great 2015!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      Thanks so much Karlijn! I can’t wait to share!

  • I always get excited when I see one of your emails in my inbox!! sign of a relatable blog methinks!

    Glad to see you’ll be back i SEA again in 2015 as will I…whoop 🙂 actually I’m moving there 🙂 and then using it as a base to travel more. Definitely need to get to the Philippines this year…not somewhere I thought I saw in your blogroll, are you planning on going there at all?
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      Aw, thanks Paula! I actually spend three weeks in the Philippines in 2013 — check out my destinations page for all the posts!

  • Justine
    January 2 2015

    So exciting! I have to say that I’m really excited about your Central America plans. Nicaragua is definitely up there on my favorite-countries list. I loved it there. I never did make it to El Salvador but that’s a major regret and I’m SUPER excited to read about your travels there!! And six whole months in Southeast Asia?! That’s pretty awesome. Happy New Year and here’s to a great year of travel in 2015!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      Thanks Justine! Seems people are buzzing about Nicaragua and so am I! Can’t wait to step off that plane.

  • meghan premuda
    January 2 2015

    i literally can’t help but smile and feel a pang of excitement and travel jealousy, in the best way possible. i’m so excited for you and, once again, can’t wait to follow along! let me know when/if you’re in chicago or nashville, would love to meet you!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      There’s already been some interest for a reader meetup in Chicago — let’s do it! 😀 I’d love to get a group together!

      • Holly
        January 12 2015

        I’m TOTALLY in when you make it to Chicago!

  • Leigh
    January 2 2015

    Great timing – I just had a layover in El Salvador, and the short flight (4 hours to ORD) has me intrigued about Central America…looking forward to reading about it! I’ve also heard great things about Nicaragua.

    Vaya Con Dios!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      I also can’t believe how short my flight from Miami to Managua is! It’s nuts — the world just gets smaller 🙂

  • Erica
    January 2 2015

    Ah these plans sound like perfection. Can’t wait to read about Nicaragua.

    Ps: Tampa! You’ll be in my hometown! you should check out downtown St. Petersburg, it’s an awesome little city 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      I love St. Pete! Looking forward to some exciting new adventures in Tampa, as well as just hangin’ with the fam 🙂

  • Joella in Beijing
    January 2 2015

    Excellent plans! Sounds like a great year ahead! We were thinking about Burning Man this year. We’ll be in the US then and my sister and her boyfriend wanted to fly out to the US to travel and they really want to go to Burning Man (they put the idea in my head). I’m not sure though- I’m going to reread your posts from last year and think about it haha! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      Yeah, I think I am going to enter the ticket lottery and just see what happens. If I get them, awesome, if not, it’s a sign I need to try again next year. We’ll see how it goes!

  • Joella in Beijing
    January 2 2015

    PS- I meant to say I will most look forward to reading your posts about Myanmar if you do get there. I was there last Christmas and I LOVED it. We only got to Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake which I’m sure you already heard about as those are 3 or the 4 main places people go. But I honestly loved it so much. I recommend you take the boat from Mandalay down to Bagan. It takes about 9 hours and you can just sit outside and relax and enjoy the scenery. Let me know if you need any info on that. Oh and you can fly direct to Mandalay from Bangkok 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      That sounds lovely and I will definitely hit you up once we get to the planning stages! We’ve only been talking about making this happen for, oh, two years, so it’s about time!

  • Erin
    January 2 2015

    I’ve been so excited for this post! Sounds like an amazing year – looking forward to reading all about it!!

    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      Aw, thank you Erin! I’ve been SO looking forward to pressing publish 🙂

  • Steve
    January 2 2015

    Looks like 2015 is going to be a packed fun year. I look forward to reading about it. Have a happy new year.
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  • Leah
    January 2 2015

    Is it weird that when I read this, it sounds like not a lot of destinations? I mean, for any normal human being it’s an absolute shitload of travel, but for you it’s like WHOA six months in one place!?

    I’m happy to see you spending lots of time in the places you love most. I wish I knew what those places were for me so I could more accurately plan out my year…I enjoy being in one place much more than hardcore backpacking these days, but there isn’t one place yet that I feel compelled to return to again and again. Although I am prematurely sad about leaving Medellin in March, so maybe I will be returning here sooner than I think. Vamos a ver…
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      You’ll find them 🙂 Who knows… maybe Spain will be one! And yeah, what can I say, this moving slow thing has been addictive. I’ve been really flirting with the idea of parking it on the beach in San Juan Del Sur for my entire 3+ weeks in Nicaragua. We’ll see if my itchy feet can manage that!

  • Meihoukai
    January 2 2015

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting to hear about your 2015 plans! This sounds like a fantastic year. I’ve been unsure about where to spend the second part of my year, knowing only that I’d be in Edinburgh, my happy place, for the first few months. Your plan to spend 1/3 in your favorite place, 1/3 with your friends and family, and 1/3 exploring feels very balanced though. I’ll definitely consider it moving forward. Good luck and have a great year – I can’t wait to read about it!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      It really if the perfect balance for me to aim for. Of course every year leans a little differently but I think this basic structure keeps me sane!

  • Diane
    January 2 2015

    Happy New Year! Sounds like an awesome 2015 ahead. Excited to follow your adventures. Keep up the great work!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      Thanks Diane! Can’t wait to see what the next twelve months has in store.

  • Amanda
    January 2 2015

    Sounds amazing! I owe you an email 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      I love my inbox right now — half a dozen emails in a row with destinations from this post in the subject line!

  • Laura
    January 2 2015

    Happy New Year! Congrats on sticking to your goal of splitting your year in 2014 and doing the same for 2015… that’s really quite an accomplishment. I’ve really been wanting to explore more of Central America lately… can’t wait to see what you get up to!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      Central America is my second favorite region in the world to travel… after Southeast Asia 🙂 So happy 2015 includes both!

  • Elizabeth
    January 2 2015

    I plan on visiting Central America in the summer as a graduation trip so I’m very excited to read about your time there 🙂

    Happy new year!

    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      What an awesome idea for a graduation trip, Elizabeth! If you want to do a little research now, I have archives from Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras up already!

  • Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    January 2 2015

    great plans! I miss making big yearly plans like this.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      I bet you have lots of fun trips planned around India 🙂

  • Stephanie
    January 2 2015

    What another exciting year ahead of you! I am most excited to read about your central america trips. Guatemala sounds incredible!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      I just got the guidebook for Christmas. BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT!

  • Camels & Chocolate
    January 2 2015

    Nashville, Nashville, Nashville! That makes me happy. Just emailed you to start scheming =)

    Also, SUPER jealous you’re going to be with Angie! Send lots of #FOMO-inducing Snapchats, K? Cool. Are you going to get your Harry Potter on with Rae Rae at the parks?
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      No Harry Potter for me 🙂 I’m trying to talk Angie into going to Animal Kingdom since that’s where we’re staying… let’s see how that goes 😉

  • Sounds like a fantastic year! I’m excited to see it all through your eyes. Have an amazing time visiting with your family! I bet it wasn’t easy saying goodbye to your pup again. I say this as my (large) dog is wriggling her way into my lap. 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      It never is 🙁 Miss my little man already but excited to reunite with him again this summer!

  • becky hutner
    January 2 2015

    hurray! the mystery has been revealed. for florida, i highly recommend the everglades if you haven’t already been — gators, gators everywhere ( a hundred thousand burmese pythons). and i can’t wait for you to finally hit myanmar, one of my favorite countries yet.

    enjoy new orleans! i might actually be moving there in the spring. that place gets under your skin!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 2 2015

      I just went to Bar Tonique in your honor yesterday 🙂 I don’t think I ever have done a proper everglades tour yet. Maybe from Miami!

      • becky hutner
        January 2 2015

        omg!! i am indeed honored. hope it was worth the stop!

        go get those gators.
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  • Marie @ Marie Away
    January 2 2015

    I love the sneak peek at what’s to come! I’m excited to visit Iceland this year before heading down for some serious backpacking in South America.

    I can’t wait to hear about your adventures. I’ve got a place in my heart for Southeast Asia, so I’m looking forward to reading more about it!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Ah, Iceland is amazing… as is South America! Sounds like you have a fantastic 2015 ahead!

  • Sky
    January 2 2015

    Yay Central America! We’ll be following a similar path for a few months…I just looked into that festival and it looks so cool. I might actually have to seriously consider it, though I’m not sure if I can get away from my volunteer placement for a few days.

    If we ever end up in the same country/city at the same time, I would love to say hi!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Definitely — keep an eye on my Instagram and let me know if we’re close!

  • Katie
    January 2 2015

    Sounds like its going to be an amazing year with a good balance of family time, new explorations and time back in one of your favourite places,similar to what my 2015 looks like:)
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Amazing! Cheers to a fab year for both of us 🙂

  • Carla Turun
    January 2 2015

    Happy New Year Meihoukai!! An exciting year ahead as always for you, can’t wait to see all the future posts on these destinations, enjoy every second! X

    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Thank you so much Carla — it means a lot! x

  • Marni
    January 2 2015

    Your travel plans sound amazing and they have me daydreaming about where I’d go if I could take a year off work and just travel. I am incredibly excited to hear about your Central America travels, as that is definitely somewhere I have never been. Almost as much, though, I am looking forward to seeing Newfoundland through your eyes and lens (I’m an Ontario girl, but I LOVE the eastern provinces).

    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      I’m pretty excited to finally make a proper trip to Canada — I’ve only been to Toronto for a conference, Montreal for underage drinking and Niagara Falls for a day 🙂

  • Mr Belvedere
    January 2 2015

    I’m curious: how are you funding all this? I didn’t see any mention of work, and I’m sort of confused. Do your parents act as your donors, or is the blog enough? If you have any solid tips for financing long periods of travel, I’d certainly like to hear them.

    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Hey Mr. Belvedere, I’ll be working at every stop on this itinerary 🙂 My parents don’t fund any of my travels — well, apart from the occasional family vacation! I support myself through this blog and my freelance writing. You can find more information on my FAQ page and on several posts I’ve written on the topic that you’ll find linked to there.

  • Janice Stringer
    January 2 2015

    Hi Meihoukai,
    I really like your mix of structure and freedom. For some reason when I read your post it sounds to my ears(for some reason) as if there are real changes happening within you. I wish – selfishly- that you were travelling through some of your national parks so I could see them, even if I can’t be in them and look forward to your Canada posts. An interesting mix- as always. Happy New Year! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Who knows, a national park might get thrown in there somewhere or another! And yes, I feel very hopeful and peaceful about this year — happy to hear that is coming through.

  • Andrea
    January 2 2015

    2015 looks like it will be an incredible year! Can’t wait to read more and follow you on your travels and adventures in the New Year!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Thank you Andrea! I’m so excited to share every step along the way!

  • Laura
    January 2 2015

    These all look like amazing trips! I like the way you split up your year into three parts, giving time for family, friends, and exploration. Have a great 2015!

    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Thank you Laura! It’s been the perfect balance for me. So looking forward to the year ahead.

  • Emily
    January 2 2015

    How exciting! I live near Tampa, so I’m super psyched to see your Sunshine State posts in the future. Looks like you’ve got a great year ahead of you – and cheers to maintaining sanity!

    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      I can’t WAIT for this Florida trip! I love that state and am excited to share a fun new side 🙂

  • Anne
    January 2 2015

    You’ve come a long, long way, Meihoukai and I’m definitely happy that you are not stopping soon! 🙂 Your 2015 travel plans look wonderful and I can only hope that this would really be your best year yet. Enjoy every moment. We all look forward to your amazing stories!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Anne, that is the sweetest comment! Thank you so much — I truly appreciate ever word. Here’s to 2015!

  • Megan
    January 3 2015

    I’m leaving for Central America this Wednesday! I’ll bestarting on the opposite end from you, in Mexico, though but might end up in Guatemala or El Salvador around the same time! It’s my first solo trip and I can’t wait!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Keep an eye on my Instagram, Megan, and let me know if we cross paths!

  • Scott
    January 3 2015

    You’ll love Nicaragua! It’s nice and cheap, has one of the lowest crime rates in the Americas, lovely beaches, volcanoes, the lake, etc! I look forward to hearing all about it and of course, seeing your always beautiful photos!

    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Thank you Scott! I can’t wait to get myself — and my camera! — there.

  • Alana - Paper Planes
    January 3 2015

    Happy New Year! 2015 is the year I’m going to finally make it to Burma too!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Wouldn’t it be fun if we overlapped?!

  • Danni @Two Peas in a Pack
    January 3 2015

    Sounds like you have a pretty wild year ahead of you. So excited for you.
    How was NYE in New Orleans? I’ve actually never been there for it. I miss my sweet Nola but I am already anxious about moving back in May. Hope you had fun.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      It was amazing! My friends who were in town for the first time had yet to stroll down Bourbon Street, so we did that and loved the people watching and the madness. Then we watched the fireworks over the Mississippi in Jackson Square before strolling to Frenchman Street, and ended the night in style at Cafe du Monde 🙂 I couldn’t have asked for more!

      • Danni @Two Peas in a Pack
        January 4 2015

        AH! Fancy drinks+ Frenchmen+ 24 Cafe Du Monde is what we would do for every birthday celebrated downtown. I’m so glad you get to experience it and liked it. And now I’m going to cry into my non-Cafe du Monde Cafe au Lait 😉
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  • Julia Nix
    January 3 2015

    Like your glasses. Is it an expensive one? 🙂

    Quite interested to go Koh Tao in January but looks like it’s peak season now. Room rates are quite up there, I think I should just wait until a lower season (which I heard is towards year end) I am itching for ocean/sunset destination but peak season rates not a good idea right now.

    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Ha, nope — they were from Claire’s fashion boutique and I think cost $5 🙂 Koh Tao definitely gets crowded in January, but man, it’s still pretty irresistible even through the throngs!

      • Julia Nix
        January 4 2015

        Maybe I’ll visit Koh Tao when it’s off peak season. Would prefer a quieter location right now. A place less of people. In the mood to just chill and reflect on life (to get my groove back, u know that feeling)

  • Sally
    January 3 2015

    Ahhhh your 2015 sounds perfect. I will be back in England end on April, which is kind of BOOO! I am in Asia now, I just keep coming back! Currently in Gili T and loving it. I WILL go to central america next winter so I will be glued to those posts. Happy new year!!!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Ah, I can’t wait to make it back to Gili T. That will definitely be on my list for those six months in Asia 🙂

  • Bridget McGahen
    January 3 2015

    New to your blog. I just read your about page and it made me giggle a bit. I love how, as a native, Brooklyn was “conventional” haha. I just moved to Brooklyn from Houston, TX and it feels like anything but conventional to me, but I’m sure for someone who grew up around here it would be different. Looking forward to following your adventures!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      Brooklyn is absolutely fantastic 🙂 But I just needed something wild — it wasn’t so much the place as the life I would have had to lead to live there. I definitely fantasize about moving back sometimes! Enjoy the city for me!

  • Hannah
    January 3 2015

    Yay! You’re going to Nicaragua, that’s got to be one of my all time favourite countries. Ometepe is amazing there, the volcano climb is pretty intense but again, amazing. I’d love to go back there one day for sure.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 3 2015

      I keep hearing such amazing things about Ometepe. It’s a must for sure!

  • Rebecca
    January 3 2015

    Fun, fun, fun! You will LOVE Guatemala, it’s an amazing country. Look forward to following you on your journeys and happy 2015!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 5 2015

      Thank you so much Rebecca! Happy 2015 right back at ya 🙂

  • Erika
    January 3 2015

    Sounds like a fun-filled year! Can’t wait to read about all your new adventures!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 5 2015

      It’s off to a great start already, Erika! Thanks for following along!

  • Meghan
    January 4 2015

    Yay, Newfoundland! I spend a lot of time in that province (bf is from there – was actually just there for the holidays) and am so looking forward to reading about your time there. It’s an amazing and unique part of Canada with some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet!

    Take care,
    Meghan

    • Meihoukai
      January 5 2015

      Canadians do have that reputation, don’t they 🙂 I love it!

  • Departures With Aimee
    January 4 2015

    Happy New Year!!

    Sounds like you’ve got a great year ahead of you!! Make the most out of it and enjoy! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      January 5 2015

      Thanks Aimee! I am really looking forward to being present for and enjoying every moment of this year ahead!

  • Chalsie
    January 4 2015

    What a year Meihoukai! I can’t wait to follow your adventure throughout 2015!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 5 2015

      Thank you Chalsie! And I can’t wait to live them twice… once in person, and once here on the blog!

  • Samantha
    January 4 2015

    Make sure you try Volcano boarding in Leon, Nicaragua. It’s one of my favourite things I have ever done. Leon itself was pretty cool too!

    I lived in Honduras for 2 years and have so many positive things to say about it! If you have time, you should check out Lago de Yajoa. Its beautiful and there are so many fun activities you can do around the lake!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 5 2015

      Thanks for the tip, Samantha! I will definitely check Lago de Yajoa out if I end up back in Honduras — and volcano boarding is definitely on the list 🙂

  • Becky
    January 5 2015

    Your 2015 plans sound incredible, I’m going on my first long-term backpacking trip to Central America around the same time that you’ll be there. I went to Guatemala last summer and its an amazing country, I can’t wait to go back! Don’t miss Lake Atitlan, it has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world!

    • Meihoukai
      January 5 2015

      That’s one of the stops I’m most looking forward to, Becky! It just looks hauntingly beautiful.

  • Rahman @ Destination Iran
    January 5 2015

    It sounds like a busy year drowned in pleasurable trips full of fun. Good for you. It’s great that you have planned when to go where.

    I would like to read about your Thailand trip or any journeys abroad to look at things from your perspectives.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 5 2015

      I like to have a rough outline of my year. It gives me some structure and tons to look forward to 🙂

  • Anna
    January 5 2015

    Looking forward to reading about your travels to Nicaragua! It’s been on my radar for quite some time now – I was dying to go this winter but by the time I got my **** together the flight was too expensive. Hoping to be a bit better about planning & get there next year! Cheers to 2015.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 5 2015

      Hopefully I’ll leave you with some good travel inspiration for when you do make it there 🙂

  • Kristen Noelle
    January 5 2015

    Happy New Year Meihoukai! I’m heaving just thinking about building this multitude of travel itineraries and planning them pit in advance; I hope I can get to that point one day! 2015 sounds like it will be incredible… let the good times (and incredible travels) roll!!!
    I believe we’ll be in Thailand at the same time. Ahh Thailand…the country that led me to Wanderland those few years ago! =)
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    • Meihoukai
      January 5 2015

      I need to make a reader meet up in Thailand finally happen! I can’t wait!

  • What an amazing year! OK, the only thing we would add is more time with US. We miss our sister wife!

    • Meihoukai
      January 8 2015

      COMIN’ AT YA IN WASHINGTON! And maybe TBEX?!

  • Diana Edelman
    January 7 2015

    What an amazing 2015!! Hopefully, I will see you in Thailand next year. I plan on being around there for my birthday!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 8 2015

      Can’t think of a better birthday gift to yourself. (And to me!) 😛

  • Happy New Year, Meihoukai! What an incredible year you have planned! Love your Burnout Reduction Plan, I think spending your summers with friends and family is a great way to go 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      January 8 2015

      It really is. And I’m at the point where I am LOVING domestic travel! It’s amazing how much there is to see and do right in our big ‘ol US backyard!

  • Kristin Addis
    January 7 2015

    I hope to see you at Burning Man! Definitely go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Because Butter Beer!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 8 2015

      I’m so not a Harry Potter girl (shame, I know!) But I did try some butter beer ice cream yesterday and all I can say is YUM.

  • Anna @ shenANNAgans
    January 8 2015

    Happy HAPPY New Year, Meihoukai! Sounds like you really are in for some seriously awesome times. Love that you have everything mapped out from here. Im looking forward to hearing more about Thailand. Heres Cheers to 2015, may it be an epic one for you! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      January 8 2015

      Thanks Anna, I’ll cheers to that! I love having a general plan for my year, and lots of flexibility within it 🙂

  • Laura
    January 8 2015

    Sounds like an amazing year ahead! All the exotic destinations are awesome, but the the thing that sounds most like heaven is summer in Martha’s Vineyard 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      January 9 2015

      I’m hoping to write a budget guide to Martha’s Vineyard this summer that I’m really excited about. I want everyone to go!

  • Juno
    January 9 2015

    Great places! I want to spend more time in the Southern states of the US. Especially New Orleans! Looking forward to read updates from there!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 9 2015

      It’s a magical city — prepare for a lot of gushing!

  • Raj
    January 9 2015

    Looks like its going to be a great year! All the best. Not as much of a traveler as you are but I am looking forward to my trip to South America this year, Peru here I come!! Your blogs have been helpful so far and sure will be as I get close to my trip. Keep exploring!!

    Oh I live in Albany, NY may be I might get to see you when you here for the summer!!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 10 2015

      Oh hey! Nice to hear from someone else from Albany 🙂 Peru was such a great trip for me — wishing you the same kind of magic!

  • Renate
    January 10 2015

    It sounds like it is going to be a really good year for you 😀

    I have to start all over, finding out what I am going to do, and look for a job. You actually have my dream job. Traveling, taking pictures and writing. That has been my dream for a long time, instead I am working as a night guard.
    But i have high hopes for this year though!

    Hope you have had a great start, and that 2015 will be a great year for you 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      January 10 2015

      Thank you Renate, wishing the same for you! 2015 is going to be your year, I can feel it 🙂 All the best in reaching for that goal!

  • Brianna
    January 12 2015

    Love this post! I can’t wait to hear about all of your travels this year. I am especially excited about your adventures in South America! Cheers to you and hope your have a fabulous journey in 2015!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 12 2015

      Thank you Brianna! Latin America keeps calling to me. I’m so excited for Nicaragua!

  • Nicky
    February 1 2015

    Hello! I have just discovered your blog as I am entering my final month of an 8 month trip, and midway through my first month of solo travel. While the post on cycling through the temples of Angkor Wat, which led me here, was informative, I have loved browsing your posts and seeing what you’ve been up to! Truly inspiring, both your adventures, that you’re doing it solo, and how you have built a career of it. One of the best things about traveling is meeting people from all over the world that you recognise parts of yourself in. So I wanted to say Hi! from New Zealand, via Cambodia. And also add a bit of advice about Myanmar, which I traveled through in November of last year – don’t rely on the wifi anywhere out of the major cities, it was frustrating and hard to find at best! That being said, two years ago there were about two ATMs in the whole country, and now they are easy to find in most of the usual spots.

    Good luck for 2015! x

    • Meihoukai
      February 2 2015

      Hey Nicky! So nice to meet you, and welcome to Wanderland! 🙂 Your comment brought a big smile to my face — thanks for all your kind words. And the advice about Myanmar. Sounds like I might need to schedule some posts ahead of time! Really I hope I make it there within 2015…