I did it.
I started my own blog.
I have mixed feelings about this, and blogs in general to be quite honest, but here I am.
If you’ve been following me at Wanderlust and Lipstick, you already know that I’m originally from Seattle but have been living and traveling around Southeast Asia for the past year and a half. To learn more about why I made that move check this out, but otherwise, let’s move forward.
Being in my mid-twenties – and part of the difficult-to-please Generation Y – I’m working on figuring out where it is I’m supposed to be and what it is that I’m supposed to do with my life. While I was fortunate to have a good job and life back in the PNW, I knew I wanted to see something different and learn from other places and people. I never want to wake up one day 5, 10, 20 years down the line, look around at my life and wonder, ‘This is it? How did I end up here?’. So, instead, I’m Eat, Pray, Love-ing it before the divorce and midlife crisis.
Since my first plane trip at two-weeks old, I’ve traveled throughout America, Europe, India and Southeast Asia, living and working in Seattle, London and Chiang Mai. Over the past year and a half I’ve been living in Chiang Mai and survived teaching English as a foreign language, seen new friends come and go, been in in a Chinese movie, backpacked for two months on my own and one with a guy I barely knew, fought with massive Thai cockroaches, been in a motorbike crash, gotten used to fish- and seaweed-flavored snacks, learned to drink beer with ice in it, felt completely alone and also massively taken care of, can eat chilies like a pro met some incredibly generous people,
learned am learning Thai, wondered at ancient temples and everyday shrines and managed to create a little life and community of my own in Northern Thailand.
So, there you have it. Thanks for coming. Check back here often for travel tips, successes and mistakes as I try to figure out what makes me tick and where to travel to next. Also, as I deal with managing this blog and all the technical stuff, please be patient with me – it’s my first time.
Take a look around to learn more about me and Paper Planes here or how to contact/like/pin/follow/all around stalk me here.
“Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.” — Jack Kerouac
Hey! I'm Alana and I've spent nearly the past decade living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working as a writer and photographer. I started Paper Planes as a place to share local insight, special places, and how to travel well through a range of experiences — from hostels to high-end hotels, street meat to multi-course meals.
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Love the new blog! Can’t wait to read about your adventures here 🙂
Thank you! It was a long time coming…now I just need to try and keep up with it 🙂
Congratulations Alana. I relate to the eat, pray, loving pre-divorce. Hopefully we can be bloggie blog blog buddies now. enjoy writing!
Thanks Elizabeth 🙂
Good on you Alana, miss ya, but know you are doing what you really want to right now.
Karyn, Lauryn & jim
Thank you – this way you can see a little more of what I’m doing!
THIS IS TERRIFIC! KEEP ‘EM COMING.
CLAY AND BARB
Thanks you guys…and any writing tips/critiques would be much appreciated…
As a fellow hard-to-please Generation y-er, my life has brushed up against Alana’s in funny ways for the past 7 years: we met dating best friends in Seattle, had the odd dinner in London, and she settled in N. Thailand where I spent a too-crazy summer.
Despite seeing her only rarely, she’s one of those gems that remain in my thoughts constantly! This beauty has got some deep wisdom running through her veins and the quick wit to transfer it into blog form.
SO EXCITED to follow PaperPlanes, and take my word for it, you should too.
Well if this isn’t the sweetest plug, I don’t know what is…thanks Sandra! And I forgot about dinner in London, wow, long time ago…
Alana… Just saw this blog from your mom and wanted to send a hi from home! I think it’s amazing what you’re doing and enjoyed reading about your travels… What an adventure! All of us baxters send you our love and look forward to living vicariously through you! 🙂
Thanks you guys, I appreciate it!
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