• Celebrating Traveling for One Year

    Celebrating My First Year of Travel

    August 29, 2017… I took the red-eye from Chicago over the Atlantic ocean for the very first time in my life. My only emotion I remember feeling was pure excitement. I remember landing in Reykjavik, Iceland for a very quick layover on my route to Sweden. Going through immigration felt so surreal because all my life, I dreamed of visiting Europe. I remember walking through the Reykjavik airport, thinking that it smelled like IKEA, and just smiling to myself at that thought. It was my first time traveling alone and I had no idea where to go, just following the crowd. I quickly made my way to my connecting flight…

  • 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…

  • Traveling for One Year Celebration

    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…