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Uma Bela Caminhada: Hiking on Ilha Grande thumbnail

Ilha Grande stole my heart — and it also gave it a workout. Cardio and adventure fans alike will flip for the hiking opportunities on this untamed Brazilian island. With sixteen marked trails of varying length and difficulty, we were spoiled for choice when it came to which corner of Ilha Grande to wander. As we were hoping…

Traveling Like The Thais Do: A Weekend In Hua Hin thumbnail

Happy 2017, my friends! It turned out 2016 was my year of vacationing like the Thais do. After seven years of visiting their country, why not take a cue from those that know it best, after all? I’ve always found it fascinating to note the differences between destinations loved by domestic travelers, and those favored by…

The Wanderland Essential Holiday Travel Apps thumbnail

This post was brought to you by Avis. As always, all ideas and opinions are my own. I’m not embarrassed to admit I consider my iPhone as essential a travel necessity as my passport. Which is kind of entertaining considering I was one of the last people on earth to release their iron-clad grip on the Blackberry…

A Bangkok Birthday Bash at the Amari Watergate thumbnail

It will come as no surprise to long term readers that I never miss a chance to spend a weekend in The Big Mango. As much as I love my island life in Thailand, I can’t seem to stay away from this city. Photo by Leah Davis After wine weekend in Khao Yai wrapped up, I’d planned to squirrel…

My Kind of Paradise On Ilha Grande thumbnail

I guess I have a thing for seedy islands. A pirates lair, a leper colony, and a penitentiary for political prisoners — much like Koh Tao in Thailand and Isla de Coiba in Panama, Ilha Grande in Brazil has quite the illicit past. And much like those islands before it, this one also managed to steal…

Nitrox Now! A Review of the PADI Enriched Air Diver Course thumbnail

Fellow scuba enthusiasts, do you want your dives to be safer, to stay down longer, and to have more energy for celebratory drinks after rinsing out your gear? I’ll take that as a duh — which is why it’s so crazy it took me so many years to get my nitrox certification. Earlier in 2016, before leaving Thailand for the summer…

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