A Palagi in Savaii

Palagi: (pronounced paa-lang-ee) A foreign person, not of Samoan origin Travelling to a new country offers a world of experience, new sights, new sounds, a new culture to explore. But living in a new country offers these things on a whole different level. All of a sudden you go from being an outsider to becoming Read More …

There is more to Thailand than beaches

I began travelling to Thailand from Australia in 2009 which started a love affair beyond recognition. Not the hot and steamy holiday affair you are all conjuring right now, but the kind of love that lasts a lifetime. The love affair I am talking about is with Thailand as a country and more specifically with Read More …

Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye is never an easy thing to do, but as a traveller you are not only saying “I’ll see you soon”, you are saying “I may never see you again, but have a nice life”! This week I attended 2 going away functions for work. The first was a local girl moving on to Read More …

Be free to live life as you choose

What does real emancipation feel like? Is it a big bang moment that hits you out of the blue, or is it a series of small moments spread out over years and years? I always imagined that it would be a big moment that happened to me, instead it was a series of small events Read More …

Is today your ‘someday’?

I am writing this in honor of a close friend of mine… It’s her birthday today and she is one of the very few people I know who has found their ‘someday’. We have all read the inspirational quotes on the internet telling you that ‘someday’ could be today and that you need to follow Read More …

What Inspires You to Travel?

There are an infinite number of reasons as to why people choose to travel, but what is it that inspires you? Many believe that you should travel for a good, solid reason – we disagree. There is no better reason to travel than “just because” in fact this is usually when you find the best Read More …

Songkran in Chiang Mai: Celebrating Thai New Year Like a Local

I have tried to describe the Thai New Year Festival of Songkran to so many people over the years. I have Skyped people from a safe distance for them to see the madness as close as possible, I have about a million photographs from this year’s festival alone but nothing can quite capture the feeling Read More …