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cambodia...more like GLAMbodia! 💁🏻♀️ i was walking the evening streets of siem reap and decided to get a $2 fish pedicure 🐠 have you ever had one of these? . you stick your feet in the tank and the fish swarm you, eating all the dead skin, and it feels SO WEIRD - and i’m ticklish AF 🤣 i don’t know if it actually worked but it was loads of fun. def worth the $2! . happy monday! this is my reminder-to-self to not take everything so seriously this week 🤓
“the newness of this day is divine” ✨ ~lailah gifty akita . how often i forget this, but today i remembered. happy and peaceful sunday, instafam ✨
my hat says it all - who’s with me?! 🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️ . all beaches are beautiful - even our moody new england beaches 🌊 happy friday, fam!
vday feels 💜🤣💜 . happy valentines / galentines/ love day / stupid holiday day - whatever you prefer to call it - to all you filthy animals! 😘 . #thailoveyou
caught snappin’ this stunning view . i’m not one for traditional exercise (understatement), but i could hike in glorious nature ALL DAY LONG 💪🏼🌿
sundays in firenze are the best kind of sundays ✨ . wishing everyone a peaceful day✨
found my desert oasis in #alicesprings ✨ . sober solo travel is my version of self-care these days 🙌🏼
WOMBAT WEDNESDAY!!! 💜💜 . this was definitely a highlight of my australia trip! meet boo, a lovely female bare-nosed wombat. she was sweet, but smelled a little bit like a barn yard 😆 but i love her anyway! i got mixed reviews from my friends on this one. some think wombats are the cutest things ever 🙋🏻♀️ while others think they are not so cute. what do you think?? . ps: some people saw this picture and thought this was a koala. what????? 🤦🏻♀️🤣
me in my natural state 👼🏻 🙃 . who knew that street art covers nearly every nook, cranny, and alleyway throughout the city of melbourne?! the artists are amazing, and it made exploring this hip, cafe-culture city even more fun! have you been?
i was so not mad at this view 😎☀️ happy monday, fam!
i am not a full-time traveler at the moment (hopefully someday!) - so between my trips, sometimes it’s fun to play “tourist” in my own city - and chill with my 🦁 friend at the #bpl . raise your hand if you do this too! 🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️ . 📸 @unionc98
happy caturday from this lil italian gatto, who hails from the tiny village of corniglia, one of the five villages of cinque terre 🐈 🇮🇹 there is something about photographing strays on streets that i love . how do you say “why so serious” in italian? 😼
happy friday, (former and current) party people!!! 🌱🌳⛰💚
i just wanted to say thank moo 🐮🙃 for all the love, support, and encouragement i’ve received in the two months i’ve been doing this IG/blog thing. it means the world to me, and i appreciate it so much 💜 . while it is super fun to share my travel photos and experiences, the driving purpose behind what i’m doing is to help and give hope to others who suffer from the same disease that i have - addiction . i hope that my message is coming through from my posts - that recovery has given me my life and my freedom back. today, i have the freedom to travel ONLY because i’m sober. and for that, i’m grateful ✨ thanks again for the support!!! 🙏
i don’t know why, but while i was in italy, i kept referring to this particular day on the itinerary as “ancient sh!t wednesday” - and it stuck 😆 . i mean, i guess every day in italy could be deemed an ancient sh!t day 🤔🤷🏻♀️ . but all kidding aside, the ruins at pompeii were spectacular, and at the same time very haunting. the level of preservation has given us the gift of detailed insights on what life was like over a millennium ago in the roman empire. and now my inner latin nerd is coming out (i took 8 years of it!!) 🤓🤓🤓 #ancientshitwednesday
this was taken in a small hill village in chiang rai province, northern thailand. the little girl in yellow kept asking me to take her picture, but every time i did, she hid behind the other children. finally, i got this face 😝 hands down, my favorite experience traveling to small villages is the kids i’ve encountered - they are pure joy, excitement, innocence. and when i observe them so carefree, they teach me time and time again that all is well 🙌
it was a life-long dream of mine to visit india. in my active addiction, and even in early sobriety, i was convinced i needed a boyfriend/husband/partner in order to travel around the world. finally, i got sick of waiting - the pain of not following my dream outweighed the fear of going by myself. so i just went for it, and thank goddddd i did 🙌 . there is something so freeing about traveling alone, making your own itinerary, doing exactly what YOU want to do. and there’s also something very self-satisfying about being able to say “F YES, i went to india by myself and ate all the street food and pet all the street dogs and stuck my foot in the ganges, and i didn’t get sick and basically had the time of my life!” 💁🏻♀️👊🏼 . sobriety = FREEDOM. full stop.
everyday is like sunday ⛪️
friday feels 🐐🤗 here i am again picking up an animal in a foreign country. he was just waiting at this bus stop looking all cute - i couldn’t resist!! 💜 . by now, i am used to the locals watching me with amusement while i chase random animals around. what can i say? it’s my thing. 🤷🏻♀️ happy end of week, fam! 🤘
in sobriety, i feel like the whole wide world has cracked open before me – possibilities turn into realities, and the sheer freedom of it all washes over me. and all i can do is smile to myself and be grateful ✨ . i pulled over to take this shot on my solo outback road trip from alice springs to yulara. that trip was everything 🙌
CRIME WATCH! 🙈🙉🙊 what i thought was going to be a shot of an innocent gray langur minding his business on the steps of the jahangir mahal ended up being a shot of him lurching at this poor woman, grabbing her purse, and scampering off into the surrounding jungle! it all happened so fast that i dropped my camera (and screamed) right when this was taken . these 🐵 look cute, but i was warned to never look one in the eye and never try to touch them because they can be very aggressive. i thought these people were being dramatic, but 🤷🏻♀️ one of the locals said that thieves train monkeys to steal for them - maybe what happened here? 🐒😈
today i choose to LEAN the fuck IN 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼 . this shot was taken on one of the most breathtaking walks i’ve ever experienced - the bondi to coogee coastal walk. do NOT miss this if you’re in the sydney area! 🏄🏻♀️ . i arrived in sydney, and the first thing i did was go down to bondi beach in my flip flops to check it out. this area is famous for a reason - you just can’t stop staring, it’s so friggin gorgeous! so i started walking around taking a ton of pictures, thinking i’d come back to do the coastal walk later after i changed into tennis shoes and had water/snacks. two hours later, i’m at coogee beach because i just couldn’t bear to turn back - IT’S THAT STUNNING ☀️🏝
staring down monday like... . one of the gazillion bizarre yet cool things i saw while wandering the bustling streets of bangkok 😎
i’m not one who can usually spend a whole day in a museum, but this place was the exception - every time i turned a corner, more beautiful kept exploding in my face 🙌
riding into the weekend like 🚲 it’s tough to beat leisurely bike rides through rural areas while traveling, don’t you think? 🚲HAPPY FRIDAY, FAM! 💜
“fear is faith that it won’t work out” ~unknown. hearts if you ever get scared! new post up on one of my least favorite topics: FEAR 😱 temp link in bio☝🏼 i’ve found that speaking my fear out loud to someone else helps to stop that fear from ricocheting so fiercely inside my head. so what better way to quell it than sharing with the universe?! 🤷🏻♀️
who says you can’t visit the top end during rainy season?? 💧 taking a dip in the plunge pool at the base of wangi falls in litchfield national park, northern territory, was extremely refreshing! they do often close this swimming hole after significant rainfall due to sightings of saltwater crocodiles in the area 🐊 but i was assured it was perfectly safe on this particular day!! 😬 #yolo (ps: SOLO SOBER TRAVEL RULES!!!)
one of my favorite pictures - this child has my heart 💜 this past year, i was fortunate enough to be in a tiny village in india during holi, the celebration of love and color 🌈 the pink you see on this little boy is the aftermath of the holi fun!
favorite bridge and favorite glasses 🛥 💜#sydneyharbourbridge
i love idyllic village scenes like this - children chasing each other through the street in a rural hill tribe village in northern thailand
today i was reminded that my highest purpose in life is to try my damnedest to be even the smallest part of the butterfly effect for others in (or in need of) recovery 🦋 #butterflyeffect
happy friday, fam! here’s a goat - you deserve it 😄 ps: i also pet/pick up all the goats when i travel 🐐