• 2 Weeks in the Philippines

    2 Weeks in the Philippines

    Mabuhay! That means ‘welcome’ in Tagalog, the language used in the Philippines. My following on Twitter has grown quite a bit over the past month. So, I want to take a minute to reintroduce myself for all those new here and explain where I’ve been for those who have been patiently waiting for a new post. For starters, my name is Dianna! Last year, around this time, I decided to change my life for the better. I wanted to experience all that life had to offer. So, I booked a one-way ticket to Sweden because YOLO. Do people still use that term? I hope not. Anyways, I started traveling country…

  • Being Back In Thailand Chiang Mai

    Being Back in Thailand

    It’s a weird feeling. A good feeling. Thailand was the first country I went to when I started traveling around southeast Asia. At the time, it was exciting to be in a warm country during what was supposed to be winter. I actually landed in Bangkok a couple days before Thanksgiving and being from the midwest of the U.S., I’m only used to being in temperatures below 8 celsius during November. Now that I’m visiting Chiang Mai, I have much more to be excited for. This weather, you either hate it or love it. I honestly love it. When I first visited Thailand, I thought the weather in Bangkok was…

  • I Broke My Tooth While Eating Fried Rice

    I Broke My Tooth While Eating Rice in Malaysia

    Not joking, I seriously broke my tooth while eating fried rice for lunch. I have always had weak teeth my entire life, with endless dentist visits starting at a very young age, so it was bound to happen sooner or later. But, while eating rice? That was a surprise for me. Having to take a trip to the dentist or doctor is something that I have been fearful of while traveling. I don’t have health insurance, therefore having to pay unexpected out of pocket expenses really worries me. Also, I have no idea about sanitation standards and regulations in these places that I visit. I simply don’t plan for things…

  • 14 Reasons Why You Should Take a Travel Gap Year

    14 Reasons Why You Should Take a Travel Gap Year

    Thinking back to my 18-year old self (which was 6 years ago… when did I get so old?), I was so driven to build a future for myself. We are often in this mindset to get a degree, transition into a career, get married, buy a house, and live the life of our dreams. Nothing wrong with that, it’s great to have goals and the ambition to achieve them! However, I think we all find ourselves saying, “I just want to travel” at some point in our lives. Why not do it when you’re most able to? A reader recently reached out to me about how she was interested to…

  • 6 Months After Traveling the World

    6 Months After Traveling the World

    From St. Louis, to Chicago, to Iceland, to Sweden… my first solo adventure began. I can still remember everything about that week. The memory of packing during the early hours of the morning while my best friend slept in my empty apartment. Or the last meal I ate in the states being a massive plate of fried rice paired with a taro bubble tea. From the moment of boarding my first flight to taking my first steps on Swedish grounds. I remember breathing the fresh air and seeing the sun on that side of the world for the first time, the thoughts of how peaceful the town was. Now almost…