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.
“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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