Thank You for Making Getting Sick on the Road Suck a Little Less | La Union, Philippines

I’m not sure how I’m able to write. But I’m starting to write, and I’m writing, while sick with chicken pox.

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You are One of the Most Beautiful Places I’ve Ever Been, so Thank You | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Are there ever words to completely state the grandeur and elegance and serenity of The Grand Mosque? This is in total acquiescence that it is one of the most beautiful places I have been lucky to grace my presence with. There are no defenses, no reasons. There is only beauty.

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You Have the Heart of a Traveler, so Thank You

DSC00926“Before anything, can I just say, as if I don’t say it enough already, that your words and the way you see the world is something the rest of us can only wish we inherit.”

Someone wrote this to me once. Also recently, a thoughtful traveler I’d met in Thailand and a beautiful stranger from the Philippines sent me messages of how poetry splashes out of the sentences I paint, how inspiration converged distances and found echo in the hearts of the tribe. The words melted and flowed profusely in the forms of more inspiration and motivation and faith.
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Basics and Beyonds

DSC08602kDSC087811October 2013: I wormed my way into the path of traveling (let’s scratch those fieldtrips goodbye), that is to mention being on a cramped plane with the monotonous voices of flight attendants, squeezing inside the tuk-tuk with newly-made drunk friends from foreign lands, listening to the cool wind and sipping my third cup of instant coffee on a cozy hammock, walking along the narrow pavements of the city with a talkative guy from the hostel. It changed my life, and it kick started the best and the truest points of living. For one who speaks after 25 years of existence, I might have been born again. Every traveler we’ve met, every travel blog we’ve read may say similar things of why traveling is essential. Nothing can truly teach us how to live except by living it, and by living I mean plunging into it wholeheartedly.

Where to plunge, you say?

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