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Inertia. An object in motion tends to stay in motion, and a blogger not blogging tends to stay not blogging. That’s how I’ve felt this week… this month? September was one of my lightest posting months ever (tied with December 2014, for my fellow useless information hoarders) since I launched Meihoukai in Wanderland, and October’s not off to a rocking start either. So what gives? I’m not burnt out — no, I’m chomping at the bit to get back to my content grinding days! I’m not hurting for content — in fact, my drafts folder is overflowing with travel tales I’ve yet to share. Frankly, I think I’ve just dropped the ball and am struggling to pick it back up again. I recently went through a crazy busy (even for me) personal period of travel/friends/family/non-content-creating-work/moving-across-the-world overload and it’s hard to get back into a routine of putting posting first again. And the truth is that the longer I go without blogging, the more overwhelming the next time pressing publish feels. Every morning I wake up and tell myself I will not allow myself to sleep again until I’ve posted, and yet night after night I weakly succumb to the pillow. This pit of self-loathing is a deep one, guys! Watch your step.

But it ends today. This afternoon, I loaded up my editorial calendar with posts for the upcoming week — almost one every single day — in order to break my blogging fast with a bang. I’ve missed you.

One thing that will make that easier? I’m finally back on Koh Tao. After leaving Bangkok, BB and I hopped to Phuket for five more days of my #ClubCarlsonAmbassador campaign. Despite the unrelenting rainfall we had a beautiful stay exploring Cape Panwa and and reveling in alone time after a crazy summer of meeting each others’ family and friends. We ate amazing food, we had an unbelievable spa day, we learned to make kratongs in Phang Nga bay, and we watched the sunrise over the ocean from our dream-like balcony. On our final day (with the sun taunting us from its first appearance in the sky, of course) we hopped a cab, plane, shuttle bus, ferry, and pickup truck back to our beloved Koh Tao… for the next six months. Six months! It’s been a long time since I could call a place home for such a long time.

There’s still plenty of work to be done, from finding an apartment to buying a motorbike to joining a gym to squeezing the faces off all the friends I’ve missed so dearly. And, oh, you know, catching up on that blog posting thing I mentioned. But for now, here’s a peek at what I got up to for the last seven days with Photo of the Week….

Photo A

Radisson Blu PhuketA hazy morning at the

Photo B

Viator Phang Nga BayA cloudy yet colorful afternoon kayaking in Phang Nga Bay with

Photo C

Viator Phang Nga BayThailand! This flag makes my heart swell

Photo D

Big Buddha Koh SamuiSaying “sawasdee ka” to the Big Buddha while in transit on Koh Samui

Photo E

Ferry to Koh TaoFinally, Koh Tao on the horizon again…

Which photo is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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is one of my favorite travel blogs on the entire interwebs — and that’s not just because I occasionally appear on it. Angie and I went from being online peers to real-life pals a few years ago when I crashed her trip to Kauai, and we’ve since becoming fairly regular travel buddies. Angie’s tagline is “travel the world with the girl next door,” and reading her blog, you will!

Why I Love This Blog: Before Angie went Away, she was a big shot in the world of travel PR. In 2010, she quit her job to travel, but she’s still spinning gold from the lessons she learned there. Her PR and Social Media category is a hit factory of hilarity — I’ve snorted Diet Coke up my nose while reading posts like .

Cheskie — short for Francesa, if she doesn’t mind me telling you so! — asks a pretty good questions in her tagline. Why should we only get one year? She decided to turn her gap year into a , and has been living and working in Australia ever since.

Why I Love This Blog: Right now, because Cheskie just started her Divemaster in Gili Air, just a stone’s throw — literally — from where I completed mine in Gili Trawangan. And I’m green with envy over her clever series name, the (why didn’t I think of that?!)

The Southern California duo that makes up are living the adorable couple dream — surfing, scuba diving, and taking a year off to travel New Zealand and its surrounds. Best part? They’ve just kicked off their journey, so you can follow from start to finish.

Why I Love This Blog: You know I’m always on that cute graphics grind, and Kimberly and Tyler have that aesthetic nailed. Not to mention, a damn cute blog name!

This American couple packed up and moved across the pond to London, where they now spend their free time exploring in Britain and beyond. But that doesn’t mean is limited to Europe – one peek at their destination page will show you they’ve been driving down all kinds of roads.

Why I Love This Blog: They still take the time to reply to every comment, a rarity in blogging these days. Oh, and I did I mention we have the same blog designer? (The answer is yes, yes I did.)

Why I Love This Blog: The girl shares my love for both Bermuda and New Orleans, as well as naming her blog after an animal (the first iteration of this site was The Traveling Turtle, holler in the comments if you’ve been reading since those days!) and letting her readers — we’re off to a great start already.

Richelle is the go-to girl for information on teaching and studying abroad, specifically in China — the country she’s called home for the past couple years. Her blog follows her extensive travels around Asia as well as her adventures in her new home away from home.

Why I Love This Blog: This chick knows her stuff — and you can know it too. Richelle offers to those heading to China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

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I visited the Radison Blu Phuket as part of the #ClubCarlsonAmbassador initiative, and was compensated for my time in doing so. More on my stay here coming up soon!

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56 Comments...
  • Kacy
    October 6 2015

    Can’t wait to read all the new posts! I love Photo B, I’m a sucker for yellow.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      It’s hard for me to pick a favorite color, but if I was really pressed I think it would be yellow 🙂

  • Andi
    October 6 2015

    They are all so beautiful, but D took my breath away!
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Thank you chica! Always a pleasure to see your name pop up 🙂

  • Maddy
    October 6 2015

    I love photo E! What a cinematic homecoming photo 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      I know! It was the most gorgeous sunset photo I’ve seen in a long while. I felt blessed!

  • Janice Stringer
    October 6 2015

    Photo e is the one for me. Who can resist Koh Tao!
    Are you reaching the end of your blogging road Meihoukai?
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Nope 🙂 Like I said, I’m not burnt out. Just struggling with time management!

  • Tempesst
    October 6 2015

    Glad to hear you’re back in Koh Tao! I miss it. I pick photo A this week!

    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      It’s a special little island… steals a lot of people’s hearts!

  • Marni
    October 6 2015

    Well, I’m going to have a cop out moment and choose both B & E because I can’t decide. They’re both so different anyway that it’s not reaaaally cheating. I hope you find your motivation to post again soon!

    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Thanks Marni. It’s coming 🙂 Just struggling with time now that I’m in the middle of a move!

  • Rachel Elizabeth
    October 6 2015

    The sky in photo E seriously makes my heart happy! The colors are so GORGEOUS!
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      That’s how I felt when I was looking at it in person! Heart bursting 🙂

  • Anca | Globaloud
    October 6 2015

    Six months in Koh Tao? Wooow. I can’t even imagine how is it to live on a tropical island for that long.

    Can’t wait to hear all the stories…
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      I did it once before, and it was magical! So excited to do it again 🙂

  • Sarah
    October 6 2015

    Feels ridiculous to say glad your back, when you post more than any other blogger I follow even on a “light” month…but I look forward to reading!

    And photo A. Because it’s been a long day, and that looks awesome.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Thank you Sarah! That makes me feel a lot better 🙂

  • Emma
    October 6 2015

    B and E, and curse you for sending me into a black hole of Angie’s posts when I was supposed to be going to bed 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      I’ve been there! Angie’s posts are hilarious 🙂

  • lisa
    October 6 2015

    All amazing as usual but ‘E’ is my fave as I love my moments watching the water go by off a boat.
    If you are overwhelmed and can’t decide where to start I am headed to Phang Nga bay in a few weeks and would totally love and appreciate inspiration! I am ticking more of your sights off my list…it’s kind of stalkerish but in the best way!

    🙂

    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Aw, you’re the best! I did a Viator trip and loved it 🙂 Didn’t get to see James Bond island though…

  • Britt
    October 6 2015

    Photo A looks like heaven. Although Phuket and I have a love/hate relationship (with probably more hate than anything else).

    I wouldn’t be beating yourself up so much about the lack of posting. You still post more frequently than any of the other blogs I follow!
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Thanks Britt — that makes me feel a lot better 🙂 Still, I wanna get back to my usual soon!

  • Justine
    October 6 2015

    Photo E because that sky is just gorgeous! It must have been amazing to set eyes on Koh Tao again. I didn’t realize you were going to be there for six whole months. I imagine it will feel good to settle down for a bit 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Oh man, does it ever! It’s a little hectic right now looking for a bike and a house, but I know once that’s settled I’m going to be so thrilled to be in one place for a while.

  • Michelle
    October 6 2015

    I love photo C and your blog! Thanks for sharing

    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Aw, thanks Michelle! You made me smile 🙂

  • Kerjan | Backpack Babe
    October 7 2015

    All of your photos are so beautiful, as always! 🙂 Can’t wait to be here in Thailand in just one week! Love it.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Ah, welcome back! Wishing you great weather and lots of yummy Thai food.

  • Joy | Joy Goes Places
    October 7 2015

    I love all the photos although I must say photo E was breath-taking. 🙂

    I have yet to visit Thailand but I really hope to do so next year. And oh, I hope you can get to the blogging rhythm again. It’s true that the longer to stop doing one thing, the harder it is to get back to doing it. That happened to me before with my book blog and now I decided to just quit it. That’s why I’m working extra hard to follow my calendar for my travel blog. 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      I’m normally a machine when it comes to cranking out posts so this feels funny! Hope to get back into the swing of things soon.

  • Leah
    October 7 2015

    Love the photo of Buddha and that solar flare you captured so beautifully! Happy to hear you’re feeling good back in Koh Tao. And I’m sorry we didn’t hang out more! I guess I’ll be seeing you in a week though so I won’t complain 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      I think we’ll have plenty of time for catching up indeed 🙂

  • Looking forward to your future posts! I love Photo D – almost reminds me of the Buddha at the Lahaina Jodo Mission on Maui 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      I’ve been there! This was a surprise visit to see this guy. We had an hour to kill before our ferry and he was just a ten minute stroll away… so why not!

  • Kathryn
    October 7 2015

    Love E for the soft shading of primary colors.
    I doubt there is a writer alive or in time who has not had to fight their way back into productivity. I think the general and profound wisdom is…just start typing. The first 1,000 words might feel or be awful but your fingers and brain are just in first gear…

    Hi to BB

    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Profound wisdom, as always 🙂 He says hi back!

  • Julia Nix
    October 7 2015

    photo e. it is like screaming out loud “finally i’m here”. p/s: more pics of bb & his sexy biceps please. ahaha. don’t get me wrong.

    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      I’m sure many more are coming! 😉

  • Dominique
    October 7 2015

    Sometimes it’s good to take a break! Can’t wait to read you’re new posts though! Ah how could I choose anything else than the flag of Thailand? I would love to make my way back there one day! Enjoy your return to Koh Tao!
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    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Thanks Dominique! It feels great to be here!

  • annie
    October 7 2015

    wow these are some really cool photos, really makes me wanna quit my job and get out there! keep being a radiant source of inspiration for all us 9-5’ers

    • Meihoukai
      October 8 2015

      Thank you Annie! What a beautiful comment — thank you for reading and cheering me on 🙂

  • Kristin
    October 8 2015

    Photo E. The others are absolutely beautiful and make me want to get on a plane like NOW, but for me, there’s nothing, NOTHING like a ship pursuing new horizons!
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    • Meihoukai
      October 9 2015

      I know how you feel. It’s sometimes a hassle to live on a little island that you have to take a ferry on or off to get anywhere but views like that remind me it’s a blessing!

  • Bunny
    October 8 2015

    Meihoukai, I love your blog and I am DYING to get to Thailand. I love all your photographs.
    Is there a good time of year to go to Thailand? My focus would definitely be on islands/beaches and I don’t want to get when the water or air are too cold!

    • Meihoukai
      October 9 2015

      Hey Bunny! Check out the post on my homepage right now 🙂 There’s a link in it to a great website about weather in Thailand — it really varies by region of the country!

  • Ashley
    October 8 2015

    I love photo D, and photo A is a close second! Looking forward to a barrage of posts this week 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      October 9 2015

      Thanks Ashley! Looking forward to publishing!

  • Baladhiya Dhansukh
    October 14 2015

    Photo E is the best photo
    very nice click……;)

  • Leigh
    October 16 2015

    6 months in one place?! That will be interesting!

    My first trip to Thailand is still 5 months away and already I know I need to plan at least a 2nd trip to explore the beaches and islands!
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    • Meihoukai
      October 18 2015

      Well… I do have a few side trips planned 😉 But I will definitely have a home base again!

  • Cesar
    October 21 2015

    This is good stuff. I will be in Thailand in January so I’m soaking all this stuff up. Photo b. Looking forward to future posts!

    • Meihoukai
      October 23 2015

      Lots of Thailand posts in my archives too, if you get impatient waiting for more from this trip 🙂