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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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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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Apr 22 2017

Bangkok party, American-style

Threw my first overseas party tonight, promising my (mostly international) guests beer, wine, and "American snacks." (See above.) It wasn't until after the invitation went out that I thought through just exactly what that meant. Given the "typical" American food that you generally see at our get-togethers back in the states, perhaps I should've pretended I was Italian or French for the evening?   If you're curious how much some of this stuff costs halfway around the world (based on today's exchange rate with the Thai baht)...

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Apr 09 2017

Jonesing in Chiang Mai

Whenever I come back from a trip to a new place, there's inevitably a period of time that I call the post-travel blues. I've learned to recognize it, but this time, post-India, has been the hardest by far. All I want to do is go back. I think over the past 15 months, I've become addicted to the constant sensory overload of traveling around Asia. It's intoxicating, especially as a solo traveler, to arrive somewhere completely new and have to figure things out. And I need the hit more frequently than ever these days. I'm finding that if I don't have...

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Feb 26 2017

It’s Chinatown, Jake

Showing some friends of friends around town. This is always a primary nighttime stop. Bangkok's Chinatown -- known locally as Yaorowat -- on a Sunday night. Couldn't eat another bite. [caption id="attachment_12718" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Yaorowat Rd. -Bangkok, Thailand[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12719" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Bangkok, Thailand[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12720" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Bangkok, Thailand[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12722" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Bangkok, Thailand[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12723" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Never pass up an adorable dog pic. -Bangkok, Thailand[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12725" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Bangkok, Thailand[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12726" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Bangkok, Thailand[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12727" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bubble, bubble, toil and...

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Jan 27 2017

Going Deep in the Similans

I can't think of a recent week that made me more anxious or glum than this one -- except, perhaps, for the days after November 8. The only thing that helped back then was a trip to the coast, with super slow Internet, and a day underwater. So here are some pictures from the latest underwater adventure of a week ago. It's the one place I can forget everything else and just be quiet with nothing but beauty and the sound of my own breathing. These are from the Similan Islands off the western coast of Thailand - including a...

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Nov 24 2016

Thanksgiving in Bangkok

What does Thanksgiving look like in Thailand? Exactly like it does back home, thanks to good friends who know how to find turkeys in midst of a bird flu turkey shortage, and an underground supply of cranberry sauce. I think my favorite part, though, was the Doritos appetizer. They're hella expensive here, so it was a special treat. And...

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