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"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Belitung to Karimunjawa to Bali

Continuing south through Indonesia, the boating adventure took me through two wonderful islands, Belitung and Karimunjawa, before the journey came to end in lovely Lovina, Bali. We sailed a total of 1600 nautical miles in seven weeks and what a wonderful adventure it was.

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Onboard SY Straycat - Sailing Southeast Asia

I am onboard SY Straycat sailing from Phuket, Thailand to Bali, Indonesia. I have never sailed before and am taking the opportunity to learn the ancient craft that brought the first explorers around the world. The journey is just beginning and I am excited to see what happens.

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Borneo - Exploring East Malaysia

For a month I traveled around the island of Borneo exploring east Malaysia and the small country of Brunei. Borneo is well known for its robust wildlife and I explored the jungles, rivers, and Celebes Sea to see what I could find. 

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Traveling to Cuba

Direct flights between the United States and Cuba began at the end of 2016. Looking online I had trouble finding enough information to feel reassured that I would be allowed on a direct flight to Cuba. Here is a quick summary about my experience with a few tips for your own travels to Cuba.

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Hitchhiking New Zealand

Over three months I hitchhiked 4000 miles around the north and south islands of New Zealand. Maintaining a steady diet of ham & cheese sandwiches, I explored the stunning natural beauty from coast to coast and mountain to mountain. It was a perfect way to bring my current travels to a joyful conclusion.

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Mt. Ijen and Bali Life

My favorite adventure in Indonesia took me to the volcanic Mt. Ijen, which is home to a blue fire only seen at night and a breathtakingly beautiful sunrise. My other days were spent chasing waterfalls around Bali and enjoying beach sunsets with a coconut on my lap.

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Family, Religion, & Travel - Looking Back on a Year Abroad

Over the past year traveling I have had plenty of time to think about my life and the lives I have witnessed around me. Time and time again, I have found my thoughts drifting into three categories — family, religion, and travel. I have found a new path towards my family and have become more interested in how religion affects the lives of those who practice it around the world. I believe that everyone can travel and I will tell you how you can do it without a lot of cash in your pocket.

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Laos from South to North

From south to north, I traveled the length of Laos. I went from Si Phan Don, the extremely laid back chain of islands within the Mekong, to Phongsali, the launch point for visiting small villages in the north. I visited waterfalls by motorbike, explored the countryside by boat, and hiked into the northern hills to stay in a village. I loved all of Laos but offer a few warnings for eager adventure travelers looking to trek in the north.

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Hong Kong & Vietnam

Gladly going against my usual travel rules of "no flying," I left Thailand for Hong Kong in order to see a couple close high school friends. I learned there was more to Hong Kong than just city life. Later, we traveled to Vietnam, which in many ways was the catalyst in transforming me into the traveler I am today.

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Chiang Mai, Bangkok, & Koh Tao - Resting in Thailand

When I arrived in Thailand I was ready to take a break from my hectic traveler schedule. I was eager to lay my head on the same pillow for more than two nights in a row. Instead of a crazy travel schedule, I focused on making Thai friends, eating Thai food, and leisurely exploring a few great places.

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Myanmar and the Women of the LeTu Chin

Myanmar is the land of golden pagodas, rolling hillsides, pristine lakes, and beautiful people. From the first moment I crossed the border to my final steps in the country, I felt surrounded by happiness, care, and friendship. In 28 days I tried my best to explore the country, interact with locals, and learn what I could.

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Indo-Myanmar Border Crossing

Unknown to most travelers it is possible to travel overland from India to Myanmar. The journey took me through Manipur, a rarely visited state in the Northeast and often strife with violence between local insurgents and the Indian Army. 

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The Nepal Earthquake of 2015

OnApril 25th, 2015 an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude rocked Nepal. I was luckily situated in Pokhara, a city west of the epicenter of the quake and an area that received very little damage. I quickly returned to Kathmandu and unknowingly walked into a disaster relief area filled with amazing people working hard to support Nepal.

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Varanasi

Varanasi is a city unlike any other in India. Full of life exploding at dawn and dusk along the Ganges River, a visit to Varanasi brings fantastic evening fire ceremonies and beautiful dawn boat rides along the shore.

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