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I Changed My Mind. I Decided to Stay on Koh Tao.

Looking out at the sea at Laem Thian in Koh Tao

“To truly appreciate something, you must confine yourself to it. There’s a certain level of joy and meaning that you reach in life only when you’ve spent decades investing in a single relationship, a single craft, a single career. And you cannot achieve those decades of investment without rejecting the alternatives.” Mark Manson, The Subtle …

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The Best Laptop Case for Travelers

BookBook laptop case on computer while working

There is no single item I own that gets more compliments from other travelers than my laptop case. It’s a hardshell leather case that disguises my laptop as an old book. I don’t know if I qualify as a “digital nomad” since I don’t nomad so much as just live abroad, but I feel like …

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Koh Tao, Why Don’t You Love Me?

Portrait in front of rocks on the beach in Koh Tao

“Now, now, now, honey You better sit down and look around ‘Cause you must’ve bumped yo’ head And I love you enough to talk some sense back into you, baby I’d hate to see you come home–me, the kids, and the dog is gone. Check my credentials I give you everything you want, everything you …

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What to Pack for ANY Trip: My Most-used Travel Items

Foot selfie on the beach in Railay, Thailand

No matter where I go in the world, I tend to bring along some of the same items in my backpack. When it comes to packing, especially for long-term travel across continents, I like to pack things… That are useful in multiple climates and types of environments With more than one use (e.g. jojoba oil …

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