How to Prep for Travel: Packing (Part I)

Having the travel bug can be amazingly rewarding – and stressful. I’ve had the travel bug for most of my life – my family was always into travel. Since we’ve stopped our big vacations together, I find myself uneasy when stuck in one place for too long. Since coming to university, I started taking big trips on my own.

Traveling solo is a beautiful thing, but it can be difficult and anxiety-filled. Getting ready to go to Israel on my own for two months I got to thinking again on how I prepared for my past travels. Continue reading How to Prep for Travel: Packing (Part I)

Festivals From a Shorty’s Perspective

The “boom” of the bass blares over the entire park. Walking up to the stage, I’m full of hype, ready to dance until I can’t feel my feet anymore. It’s the final show on Peach Stage of Wanee Music Festival – a full-on camping music festival.

Warming up is Widespread Panic, a Georgia-based jam band known for sending their fans into a frenzy. The entire population of campers, hippies, and music lovers are dance-skipping to the same place. I finally wade into the crowd, a few feet from the rail when I realize the only view I’m getting of Widespread Panic is the cartoons of lead singer John Bell on the backs of spectators’ WSMFP shirts.

Even with the best intentions and the most determination, I’m still only 5’1’ at a music festival. Continue reading Festivals From a Shorty’s Perspective

C-A-M-P-F-I-R-E S-O-N-G SONG!

Hello Friends!

Lets start this one with a request; try to imagine the last time you felt genuine calm and peace. If you can remember, that’s great (keep reading). If not, let me set the stage for you.

You’re sitting on the beach of Fort Meyers, nothing but a thin towel between your body and the powder-white sand. The only sounds hitting your eardrums are soft “whooshes” of the waves in front of you, muffled screeches of seagulls, laughs of children making sandcastles and chaos, and barks of dogs having the time of their lives.

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Thoughts In Chicagooooooooo, Chicago

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I’m currently sitting in the garden in Chicago’s Millenium Park. I’m feeling serine and relaxed for the first time in a few weeks. Have you ever just sat somewhere and felt like you were the only human on planet earth? That might be a bit of a stretch but that is how I am feeling right now.

Things happen every single day that can alter the entirety of your life. Big or small, we all have our issues and our quarks that worry us on a daily basis. I am sitting here right now, in this garden, putting my worries in perspective.

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Crusty Eyes and Magificent Sites: Angkor Wat

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Today I’m on a five-hour bus ride to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. A very loud Cambodian lady next to me has not stopped talking on her phone (on speaker, no less) for the three hours we’ve been in this bus so far. Fun times for an intrepid traveler!

This bus ride has been very uneventful since I have the gift of being able to sleep virtually anywhere (thanks dad!). Besides some country-side views and small fruit-sellers along the way, I’m really just thanking the man upstairs for the AC in this thing.

Uncle Darrel and I have spent the last three nights in Siem Reap, a provincial capital in northwestern Cambodia and I’ve got a lot to share about this place.

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Temples and Superhero Heads

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Zoe here again, back with some more experiences, some tips, and some fun nonsense.

Where’s Zoe today? I’m currently sitting in a cute little cafe in Chiang Rai, Thailand sipping on the most elaborate caramel coffee drink I have ever come across. The picture tells the story. Purple is my favorite color so is it merely a coincidence that they gave me a purple swirly thingie? Or was I meant to come here for some reason that will change my life forever?! Only time will tell…

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