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About Me!

1st year: I can do this. Maybe I just didn’t like school, but this is the real world. It’s going to be different and I’ll start liking this work again.
2nd year: Do dodo dodo…paying off student loans. This is pretty good. Work isn’t great, but the people are excellent, I make decent money, I’ve got good friends.
3rd year: I’m not gonna be able to do this for the rest of my life. I’ll get a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering to help me move to management at some point.
4th Year: I’ve got a new degree and a new position. But this still isn’t really working for me…
5th Year: Yeeeeaaaaahhhhhh…I’m having a hard time coming into work everyday. I can’t seem to open my car door in the morning when I arrive at my company parking lot – instead I seem to be focusing on bashing my head against the steering wheel.

That’s when I quit. I had had enough of my career as a Systems Engineer/Programmer/Project Manager and decided to join a self-discovery retreat in Bali. I had never thought of traveling, but I felt that I needed something big to get me starting fresh. Five years later and I’ve continued traveling around the Asia-Pacific. I’ve lived in Australia, New Zealand, Chiang Mai, as well as an assortment of Buddhist monasteries in Thailand. I’ve had odd jobs from night shift call centers to ice cream factories. I’m starting this blog now because I think I have enough knowledge and experience to help others. And share funny exciting stories on the way.

  • Travel Help
    • Visas
    • Eating Vegetarian while traveling
    • Finding Remote Work 
    • Finding Work on Working Holidays (Australia & New Zealand)
    • What to see and do
  • Cheap Travel
    • Cheap Food
    • Cheap Hotels.
    • Cheap Travel
    • Cheap Activities
  • Travel Adventures
    • Hiking
    • Biking
    • Meeting Locals
    • Trying New Things
  • Life Lessons
    • Meditation
      • Mindfulness
      • Self-Awareness
      • Compassion & Loving Kindness
      • Generosity
    • Minimalism

Whatever is happening here, I hope I’m helping people explore and expand their comfort zones. I hope you’re inspired to do something you’ve always wanted to do. I hope you’re enjoying what you read. And above all I hope you guys talk to me through comments and email – let me know what you like, don’t like, wanna see, wanna hear!

Countries I've Been














New Zealand


So Exciting!

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  1. Medhika

    Hi I’m going to visit Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia in January. I’m hoping to do a 6 week tour. I haven’t been to Thailand before , my husband has. I’ve stayed at Monasteries in the UK only. I’m British, London born. I’m also Vegan. My husband said we may struggle to find vegan food as most food cooked in the countries above put fish sauce in all their dishes. Any suggestions on where to stay and how to avoid the fish sauce would be most welcomed. Thanks

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