THAIme of Our Lives

Tolkien said it best. "Not all who wander are lost." His words have become my mantra and today I'm going to do my best to convince you to save your pennies, grab your passport and book your flight..the world is yours for the taking!

My travel obsession began during college when I studied abroad in Oxford, England. I was afforded the opportunity to see a lot of the UK, Scotland and Spain during my summer abroad and that only whet my palate. After college, a group of my girlfriends and I decided to cash in our savings and head to Europe before starting our careers. We roughed it. We stayed in hostels, carried our belongings on our backs and went a whole month without a hair straightener {OMG}. In 2013, two of my high school besties and I decided it was time for another adventure. Pushing 30 and in dire need of an escape, we planned an "Eat, Pray, Love" trip of sorts and off we went to Dubai (pictured below), Turkey and Greece.

It was on that trip that I decided I was going to try to go somewhere awesome every chance I got.

Next up, the 'Land of Smiles.' When I shared my plans with Lauren and Caroline, they were in without hesitation. In November of last year, we hopped on the longest flight of our lives and traveled around the globe to Southeast Asia. Here are some tips on how to survive a long (our travel time was about 27 hours) flight.

First stop, 2 nights in Bangkok. Here's how we spent our {short} time in the capital city:

A visit to the Grand Palace. What a sight!

Taking a river boat tour of the canals. Seeing the lean-tos some of the Thai people live in was an eye-opening experience.

On Khao San Road. It's chock full of backpackers and a must see. Great place to pick up cheap souvenirs and get a fish pedicure, which is by the way, both creepy and exhilarating. 
 

Not pictured: Eating our weight in Pad Thai & getting Thai massages...like erry.single.day. 

Next up, Chiang Mai--our favorite!

Chiang Mai is a mountainous city, rich in culture, in Northern Thailand and is home to over 300 Buddhist temples.

Our hotel there (left) was as peaceful and picturesque as they come.

Things you should do when visiting Chiang Mai include:

Experience Tiger World! We got to snuggle with tiger cubs, need I say more?

We also got to hang with the big cats. They were beautiful creatures IRL.

Zip line through the jungle! We were on the fence about doing this originally and made the last minute decision to go for it. It definitely exceeded our expectations.

Take a temple tour, actually take several. Learn all you can about Buddhism and soak it all in. 95% of Thais are Buddhists.

Visit an elephant farm. At Patara, the camp we chose, we got to experience an entire day as an elephant owner. We fed, bathed and exercised our elephants just as the trainers would.

I fell in love with my sweet girl.

Also, you simply must go to the night bazaar, eat your weight in Pad Thai and get Thai massages like erry.single.day.

Our final stop was Phi Phi Islands and pictures just don't do it justice. If you've seen the movie The Beach, you know what I'm talking about.  I'll keep the things you absolutely MUST do while in Phi Phi short and sweet.

Relax.

Wear sunscreen.

Swim.

And of course, eat Pad Thai and get Thai massages. Like erry.darn.day.

If you want to know more, email me at [email protected]. Stay tuned for more travel posts. My next big trip is already booked...South Africa, I'll see you in September.

xoxo,
Morgan

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