September in Review

CAPTURING MOMENTS || September 2015

ITINERARY

9.5 – 9.17 (Phuket, Thailand) → 9.11 – 9.13 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) → 9.18 – 9.21 (Bangkok, Thailand) → 9.22 – 9.23 (Sukhothai, Thailand) → 9.23 – 9.26 (Chiang Mai, Thailand) → 9.27 – 10.2 (Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • My boyfriend Tim arriving in Thailand and beginning our Asian adventures together; we toured all around Thailand and took a spontaneous trip to Kuala Lumpur
  • After four weeks, 120+ hours, and a whole lot of grammar reviews, I finally got TEFL certified!
  • My best friend Cheyenne on her first trip abroad, met me in Thailand for ten unforgettable days together
  • A homecoming years in the making (7 to be exact) returning to my host city of Sawankhalok where I was an exchange student for a year and staying with my favorite host family
  • SURVIVING THE BEACH PARTY MADNESS OF THE FULL MOON PARTY!

FEATURED SNAPSHOT

september

BAND PIC, Wat Pho, Bangkok @ 3:45 pm

GOOD READ

Geography of Bliss

THE GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS: ONE GRUMP’S SEARCH FOR THE HAPPIEST PLACES IN THE WORLD by Eric Weiner

“In other words, where we are is vital to who we are.”

Synopsis: What makes a place happy? In a literal “pursuit of happiness”, we join NPR journalist Eric Weiner on a personal quest around the world from Iceland to Qatar to Bhutan in order to determine how happiness is achieved. Each chapter, focused on one specific nation, reads like a sociological-psychological-anthropological inquiry, all from a perspective doused in comedic cynicism.

After going for a year without picking a book, I knew my re-entry into the world of bibliophilia should be marked by a thinker: so why not tackle the long-thought-upon subject of finding happiness? And not only does this book address that, it does so through the lens of travel. Every time I finished a section, I began to understand more and more how one’s geographical location does indeed have a tremendous impact on one’s mental well-being. The people, the culture, and the physical environment that surround you — ultimately shape you. Upon finishing book, I honestly feel as if I’m seeing the world through a more understanding frame of mind.

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ON THE INTERNET

  • What does travel mean to you? Intrepid Travel’s newest campaign, #LiveInterpid, invites us to share our thoughts with their mantra generator.
  • Tagline: “drawing the faces of New York one commute at a time” with @drawnontheway who doodles the many fleeting images encountered during every New York minute.
  • With 1 Second Everyday, documenting a second of each day could not be easier! The app ($2.99 on IOS) acts like a visual diary. Perfect alternative to journaling especially for those on the road.
  • With all the designer scents out there, want to stand out among a crowd? Why not smell like rain? Travel to a little Indian village which has mastered the artistry of bottling the scent of rain.
  • Travel + Leisure serves up a hilarious array of annoying traveler stereotypes in their piece, Are you an annoying traveler?

UP NEXT MONTH: Nepal adventures with a little bit of India sprinkled in the mix! xoxo Izzy


Izzy Pulido is a Bostonian by way of the Philippines who loves to vagabond. At twenty-seven, she's traded in gallivanting around Europe for the 9-to-5 grind... but don't count out the vagabonding! With a new long distance relationship, she's bringing American travel to the forefront. She lives for good times, good food, and good peeps.

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