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Tess' first book “Leap: Leaving A Job With No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want” was published in August 2015 by Random House Harmony. For more information on the book, go here.

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Tess’ Travel Journal

Sep 13 2017

Finally! Hong Kong

Needed to exit Thailand for visa purposes and decided this was as good a destination for a couple of days as any! First time in Hong Kong.   I've been to almost all of the major metropolitan cities in Asia now (Tokyo, Singapore, Taipei, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok, Mumbai) with the notable exceptions of Beijing, Shanghai, and Kuala Lumpur. Hong Kong now jumps to number two favorite, behind Tokyo. This city vibrates with energy. More photos, including food, coming later.   This is a series I shot as the sun went down behind a bank of clouds tonight. Classic vista from Victoria Peak,...

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Aug 27 2017

Back Into the Deep off Thailand

I've been needing to get out of my own head, and out of my own way, for a few weeks, and I finally remembered the best way to do that: go swim with the fishes. Nothing clears away the crap -- at least for me -- more than the silence and serenity of diving. There's no room to think about other things when you're 20 meters underwater, surrounded by corals and clownfish, barracudas and blue sea stars, morays and Moorish idols. Everything else just fades away. I hadn't been out since January...

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Aug 18 2017

Nepal Without the Himalayas

Weather is one thing we cannot control. So I've tried over the last year and a half or so not to let it affect my enjoyment when traveling. Last year at this time, I was in Bhutan with my mom and it poured on us on the way down from Tiger's Nest monastery. We had good shoes so - no problem. I had to scrap a dive trip in Bali earlier this year because of a dangerous storm, but still enjoyed Indonesia.   This past week in Nepal, though, I knew it was monsoon season -- just as it is here in...

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Aug 10 2017

K-K-K-K-Kathmandu!

When you start getting antsy about being in one place for too long, it's time to run for the hills. And you might as well head for some of the world's highest hills.   Landed in Kathmandu, Nepal, this afternoon and went straight into - what else?! - a food tour on the back of a "Vespa" (or at least what was billed as a Vespa but, well...

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May 21 2017

Rhapsody in Orange: Kyoto’s Fushimi-Inari

Fushimi-Inari Shinto shrine, Kyoto, Japan. If you're going to go for a walk in the woods, you might as well do it though a series of some 10,000 vermillion torii gates over four kilometers of stone pathway. And when you can still find peace despite hordes of tourists nipping at your heels...

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May 20 2017

A Second Chance for Tokyo

So glad I came back to Japan. I wanted to give it another shot because I didn't love it last time I was here. Couple of reasons. First, I spent most of that trip in the post-tsunami disaster zone, which was both heartening -- watching and learning how people are working so hard on recovery efforts -- but also horrifying, shocking, and difficult to absorb, which made the idea of "enjoying the trip" wholly inaccurate and inappropriate.   Second, during that previous visit a year ago, I was with people who spoke Japanese and knew the culture intimately. That was great in...

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