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Bread So Delicious Grown Men Fight Over It

Sometimes a single meal deserves its own dedicated post because it’s just that amazing. It possesses that certain combination of delicious food, ideal ambiance, and possible violent, drunken brawl that makes a dinner unforgettable. After a day on our tour of Munnar gone-wrong-gone-right, we set out that evening to hunt down something tasty for dinner […]

How We Made Our Package Tour of India Not Suck

“Where are we stopping now?” I asked. “We’re at The Super Awesome Fun Park,” Jessica answered. “Are you serious?” “Yeah, for 300 rupees we can bounce on a trampoline.” [Hand smacks forehead] I’d reunited with my favorite on again, off again travel partner Jessica, and her friends Lyric and Dhaak, for a three day tour […]

A Disaster Relief Volunteer in the Philippines: Part 2

This post is continued from part 1. By 1pm, lunch is finished and we pile our dirt-crusted selves back into the jeepney and drive to an elementary school across town. Many of the classrooms are flooded and torn apart, but school is still held in the remaining usable spaces. Every day the kids play around […]

Breaking Up With Vietnam

Dear Vietnam, It’s not you. It’s me. Except, I think it might actually be you. I’m not sure you’re going to care, but I still wanted to take the time to tell you that I don’t think this is going to work. I came to you with an open heart and open mind, but after […]

Phu Quoc Island Has a Dirty Little Secret

By every measure, Phu Quoc, Vietnam should be paradise with its palm trees, warm turquoise ocean, and miles of deserted white sand beaches to call your own. But just outside of the picture-perfect frame, it’s hiding a very dirty secret. OK, “hiding” seem inappropriately mysterious. It’s not hiding it at all. It’s piled up everywhere […]

Trekking in Luang Prabang: The Most Fascinating Place I’ve Ever Been

“Will there be chicken for dinner?,” one person asked. “No,” our guide replied. “Chickens are very hard to catch.” With those words of wisdom, I thought our village home stay was off to a great start. The city of Luang Prabang serves as a great jumping off point for trekking to remote villages in the […]

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My name is Ashley and I am the writer, designer, and photographer behind traveler by design. I love travel experiences that make me uncomfortable, photographing people, and telling stories with just the right blend of reflection and sarcasm :-)

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