Author Archives: Kirsten Joelle

CALLING ALL TRAVELERS/BLOGGERS: Where in Southeast Asia Should I Travel?

Some people get that warm, tingly feeling while performing on stage or before a “big game” or at a concert of their favorite band – I get it while obsessing over prices of flights 7 months from now. I LOVE to plan. Especially trips abroad. And while there is a plethora of information available to me from […]

Ocean Vida Resort, Malapascua, Philippines | Review

By Nathaniel Chavin Ever since our first dive at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Kirsten and I have wanted to become PADI open water certified divers. For our weeklong summer vacation, we wanted to spend it on a beautiful beach in the Philippines. After looking into the dive certification, we discovered we could probably […]

Hiking the Fairytale Land That is Seoraksan National Park

Exactly five months ago, my friend Katrina told me about this magical place her friend had gone hiking in Korea – Seoraksan National Park. I’ve been obsessed with the place ever since – constantly Googling and researching it, incessantly checking #Seoraksan on Instagram, and trying to find the PERFECT weekend to go. I learned that […]

Busan Fireworks Festival – Round 2

I’ve probably mentioned this a dozen and a half times, but I’m obsessed with the beach. And drinking. And fireworks. And so when you combine all three of these things into an amazing festival, it’s like Christmas-fricken-morning. I raved about the Busan Fireworks Festival last year with good reason – it was abso-effin’-lutely AMAZING. Mind-blowing. […]

Why Traveling Sometimes Sucks

While traveling can be one of the most enriching and memorable times in ones’ life, it can simultaneously be the hardest. And not because sleeping in hostels is sometimes uncomfortable and dirty, or because the cultural differences are too hard, or even because of the close calls getting Taken in Southeast Asia, but because being […]

One Week in Paradise | Malapascua Island, Philippines

We were given one full week off of work for summer vacation (don’t ever tell me teachers have it easy) and we knew exactly where we wanted to spend it: the PHILIPPINES. Because what more do you want from a summer getaway than perfect beaches, incredible scuba diving and dirt cheap rum&cokes? Getting to Malapascua Island: […]

Gamcheon Culture Village – Santorini of Korea

This past week was Chuseok (the Korean version of Thanksgiving, but 3 glorious days + the weekend) and my plans were to explore different areas of Busan and to practice using my DSLR (and when I say “practice”, I mean “learn-how-to-use-after-2.5-years”). Four days into the holiday and I had yet to leave my beach bubble […]

Stuck in Mediocrity – Why Blog Part 3

Every so often, I feel like I’m stuck in a rut when it comes to writing and blogging. Last time it was because I had started obsessing over views and likes and “followers” and the overall unnecessary but coveted acceptance of people I don’t even know. I get it now – it’s not about how many […]