Taking a Chiang Mai Cooking Class in Thailand

chiang mai cooking class - Basil Cookery School

Taking a Chiang Mai cooking class is a popular experience to have in Thailand. This was my experience with the Basil Cookery School. Growing up, I’ve always loved cooking, and besides that one time I accidentally used the garlic olive oil to make box brownies, I’ve been a fairly decent cook in the past. Making […]

Travel Misconceptions: Thailand

Travel Misconceptions: Thailand | Asia Travel

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where […]

2017, A Year to Myself

2017, A Year to Myself | The Atlas Heart

I never expected 2017 to be a year to myself, but then again, I guess you never really know what life will bring you with each new year. I should know better by now. Even though I didn’t expect it to be a year to myself, I can say with full clarity now that I’m […]

Finding the Beauty in Goodbyes

Paros, Greece - Europe Travel

My friends and I made our way giggling in a tuk tuk to the party. The night before we had danced on a moonlit beach, Leos in hand, swaying in time to the palm trees and chill electronic beats. “Wow, you seem to be doing so well. If I was in your position, I would […]

Looking Back on 8.5 Months in Asia

Wat Phu, Pakse - Laos Travel

“‘Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change […]

Why a Second Visit to Thailand Changed My Mind

Is Thailand Overrated? Why a Second Visit Changed My Mind | Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand - Asia Travel

This is why a second visit to Thailand changed my mind about the country. Note: this post contains affiliate links, which help run this site at no extra cost to you so I can keep providing free travel advice and tips. When I was planning my first trip to Asia in 2013, the countries that […]

If You Were Here (Part I)

Tropical Sunset

It started raining at sunset tonight. I looked up at the sky and it brought me back to that night. There were crashing waves and mojitos. The rain was coming down in buckets, we had to shout to hear each other over the noise. If you were here, we would look up at the rain […]

How to Spend a Week on Koh Chang Island in Thailand

How to Spend a Week on Koh Chang Island in Thailand

Koh Chang Island is home to stunning beaches and endless adventures. Discover why you should visit it and how best to spend your time in this paradise! Note: this post contains affiliate links, which help run this site at no extra cost to you so I can keep providing free travel advice and tips. I […]

Take a moment to enjoy it

I turned 24 on Monday, and it inevitably made me think back on my 23rd year. I’ve gone into detail and referenced in passing how much this last year has meant to me, how much I have grown in the process, and how many new experiences I have been blessed to have. More importantly, this year […]

Travel budgeting for Thailand

*Note: this post contains affiliate links Thailand was full of surprises, one of the biggest being that it wasn’t my favorite country of my trip as I thought it would be. In fact, it was one of the places I enjoyed the least in my travels through Asia. I owe this to not having enough […]