Author Archives: Sarah

What’s Really Driving You? Understanding Motivation, Fear and 2016 Calendar Planners

“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it.”

Landfill in the middle of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Don’t Go for a Run on the Island of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Sip cheap beer and watch cinematic sunsets. Eat sweet corn and do beach yoga. But don’t go for a run.

Livingstone Airport, Zambia.

Day 2: Strength in Africa and Other First Impressions

I’ve been in Africa for four months now, but impressions from my first 24 hours in the region have been the most telling.

Day 61: Lesotho to South Africa via Cherry Farm Stall

On the road — from Lesotho, to the Drakensburgs in South Africa, by way of cherry farm pitstops and lasagna ambitions.

Veggie pizza

On Returning to Cleveland and Rediscovering the Physics of Pizza

Today, I’m back in Cleveland. But one month ago, Bali was home. I was briefly retired; scuba diving, surfing and yoga’ing my way around the island and its waters. Three months ago, I was convincing travelers their lives were safe in my hands and leading tours across Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. It’s […]

Tandoori Chicken Combination Set from Restoran Kumar in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia.

Eating Indian Food

I’m going to India. Now, I’m known for saying things like that. I’m traveling the perimeter of Ireland this year. I’m changing the face (pun not intended) of limestone karst conservation in Vietnam. I’m becoming a motorbike taxi driver in Thailand; a scorpion wrangler in Malaysia. I really am going to India, though. In April. […]

Deep Water Soloing in Vietnam's Cat Ba Island with Asia Outdoors

How an Island, an iPhone, and a Backwards Tattoo Changed My Life, Part II

The first time I saw the Andaman Sea’s waters, it gave me chills — all of those blues. I sat in the sand and tried to categorize the shades of blues and greens and aquas in front of me. I settled on turquoise, but that’s too generic and being unable to classify the shades is still […]

Nothing gets between me and my Calin Keluns.

10 Things I’m Laughing About

Because I’ve been chuckling to myself and I need to share. 1. Skyping with family. I’ve been tracking developments back home. Dad’s rediscovered an accordion in the basement. My gorgeous sister Jeannette has cut her hair extremely short. It keeps me up at night. All I can do is groan about it. Meanwhile, her best friends […]

30 Strange Minutes on Khao San Road

I just needed to get the shoulder strap on my backpack sewed back on. This is a task I thought would take awhile. But just around the block from our hotel near Khao San Road (the famous hedonistic and now commercialized backpacker street in Bangkok), there’s a little elderly Thai lady with a sewing machine […]

Cambodian Children

More Than an Afternoon in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

“Hey lady, tuk-tuk?” I hear from behind me, as I power walk my way down Street 134 in Phnom Penh. It comes from a pudgy, smiling Cambodian (Khmer) man, lounging in the backseat of his tuk-tuk. I turn around with a wide smile. Smiling is instinctual for me in Cambodia – a country with the most […]