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Tips to Take Manhattan

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Travel Tips | 2 comments

There’s nothing like visiting New York City, but with so much to do spread out across one of the biggest cities in the world it can be exhausting trying to get around. The sheer size of the city can be overwhelming if you land without a plan, so here are a few tips to make the most of your trip while maintaining your mobility in Manhattan.

New York Taxicabs

New York Taxicabs

Get a MetroCard and Fill It Up

One of the first things anyone spending any amount of time in NYC needs to do is to get a MetroCard. The MetroCard is literally your ticket for the subway and public buses, so make sure you keep it filled. If you’re going to be in the city for a few days it’s absolutely worth it to go ahead and deposit $20 or $30 on your card in advance. For a more specific plan, Gothamist has a handy guide on the magic number to load up your card so you can have enough credits without leaving too much money on unused MetroCards.

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Chiang Mai — Photo memories You’ll Want in Your Collection

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Featured, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Welcome to week 239 of Travel Photo Thursday. Chiang Mai is a city that I have come to know and love over the years. Today I’m sharing with you just a few of the travel photo memories that any traveler visiting this beautiful northern Thai city will want to add to their collection.

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I can’t say it enough. If you want to experience the real Chiang Mai, get up and out early. Seeing the city wake up is truly magical.

The morning light over Wat Chedi Luang is so worth getting out of  bed for! Do you know that the Chedi was the highest structure in Chiang Mai for 500 years?


Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Favorite Buddha Statues from Across Asia

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 45 comments

Welcome to week 238 (07/23/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. When I think of Asia I almost always  think of Buddha statues, and the many that I have gazed at over the years. I don’t think I’ve ever been in an Asian country where I haven’t admired (and sometimes fallen in love with) one. This Travel Photo Thursday I am sharing with you some of my favorite Buddha statues from across Asia. 

On our 238th week of Travel Photo Thursday I am thrilled to welcome Jan Robinson as a co-host for our photo weekly link-up. Jan blogs at Budget Travel Talk. Jan and her husband, Marty, have just returned from a 10 week European adventure. Please give Jan a warm welcome!

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The sitting Buddha at Korea’s Mt. Seoraksan’s Shinhungsa Temple is huge. I think the second shots puts the statue’s height into perfect perspective.


Sitting Buddha, Shinhungsa Temple, Mt. Seorakson, Korea


This is one BIG Buddha!


Sitting Buddha, Shinhungsa Temple, Mt. Seorakson

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