The Pulse of a Heavy Drumbeat

(This essay won first place in Paste Magazine‘s short-form travel essay contest and was originally published on April 21, 2015. The article’s detail and inspiration was drawn from this blog post.) On a misty October night in Athens, there is a celebration at Monastiraki Square. It’s lavish, chaotic, purely Dionysian in spirit and I’m invited.…

Million Dollar Questions in Cambodia

(This essay was recently published in A Pink Suitcase: 22 Tales of Women’s Travel anthology. It was originally published in Full Grown People magazine on July 24, 2014.) Cambodia feels like an open wound. Still raw from a scrape with death, still aching from its painful roots. Reminders of the genocide are everywhere: in the eerie…

Ways to Give Back in a World Without Money

(originally published on Pravassa Wellness Travel Website on May 28, 2014.) The dawning of spring and subsequent theme of rebirth always have a way of nudging me to reevaluate my life: my choices, my actions, who I am as a person.I’ve realized that my life is, well, mostly about me. As a young adult, I’ve been focused,…

Review of Ohana Villa

(originally published on Pravassa Wellness Travel Website on April 9, 2014.) Property: Ohana VillaLocation: Tobago | Trinidad & TobagoNo. Of Rooms: 4 bedroomsAv. Price per night (USD): $927Wellness Amenities: Aromatherapy massages, horseback riding, guided waterfall hikes, bird watching, diving and deep sea fishing, organic gardens, personal chef available, private infinity pools & JacuzziCategory: Luxury The sounds of waves sloshing and breaking…

How to Lose Your Identity

(published on Pravassa Wellness Travel site on March 19, 2014.) Yes, you read that right. Type this into Google and most searches will yield results on how to avoid losing your identity—whether it is credit card fraud or maintaining autonomy in relationships. The identity I am referring to is the accumulation of qualities that we think define…

A Sunday Afternoon Stroll Through Hell

(published in The Expeditioner on February 24, 2014) When your Thai landlord offers to take you to lunch on a Sunday afternoon, you don’t expect to end up in Hell. I had envisioned a casual afternoon of eating spicy papaya salad and having comical conversations through broken English and basic Thai with Khunjai. She is…

More Than a Trek

(published in Shatter the Looking Glass Magazine on February 22, 2014) A sign emblazoned with the words “SEE LONG NECKS” doesn’t exactly intrigue me. In fact, it unhinges me. The people I have grown to love are advertised like a human zoo. But if you travel to northern Thailand, these signs will be aplenty. As…