Seegs Quarterly Jan-Mar 2016

Welcome to the First Seegs Travels Quarterly! Besides just having very travel specific posts, I think it would go further if I shared more about my journey as a whole. The internal journey is just as important as the external one. While I don’t have enough interesting things happen to me to post monthly updates, I’ll do a general update post about every 3 months, which will of course turn out to be 4 times a year. Hence the name. My business background also makes me partial to quarterly findings :) So here’s what happened from January to March 2016: I finally…

Taiwan Lantern Festival

On the last (15th) day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, I went to the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Pingxi. This festival is rated as the #2 festival in the world by the Discovery Channel right alongside better known worldwide festivals like Carnevale in Rio and Oktoberfest in Munich. It’s also been recognized by Fodor’s and CNN Travel as “must do in your lifetime” festivals. After experiencing it now firsthand,  I will resolutely say that this festival should be on everyone’s bucket lists if it isn’t already. The purpose of the lanterns is to attract the good spirits and signal…

Celebrating Lunar New Year in Taiwan

I was so lucky that my arrival in Taiwan coincided with the Lunar New Year Celebrations ushering in the year of the Monkey. Everything just kind of fell together, as often the best experiences usually do. It was truly something I’ll never forget. There are 15 days of celebrations beginning on the lead up to the exact day of the Lunar New Year (New Moon) and culminating in the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the lunar cycle (Full Moon), which marks the end of the celebrations and formally begins the New Year. While I’ll run down the 15…

First Impressions of Taipei

I arrived in Taipei in what was literally the coldest it’s been in 15 years. OF COURSE that would happen to me, and I have to just laugh about it. I had come from New York, which was simultaneously experiencing the “Snowstorm of the Century”, therefore many people from back home probably couldn’t understand what I was complaining about. But the difference is since it’s never really that cold in Taiwan, there is no heat to be found anywhere. So whatever temperature it is outdoors (38° F in this case), it is the same temperature indoors. Ok. End of weather-related…

My 5 Best Travel Moments of 2015

This year was personally one of my greatest years on record for traveling. Even though things were a bit rocky at times this year, it always makes me feel so grateful to look back and be thankful for the journey. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the experiences I’ve had, as well as the resources to make it all possible (even if it took some sacrifices along the way). Getting right to the point, here are my top 5 travel highlights of 2015:   1) Road tripping the Pacific Coast Highway This is one of the most beautiful drives on Earth. I…

Savannah, GA Unedited

The pages of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” come alive while sipping a sweet iced tea under a willow tree on a hazy summer day. I went to Savannah, Georgia many moons (and several years) ago on a Girls Getaway with my sisters for my mom’s 60th birthday. Overall, I’d recommend Savannah highly to anyone looking for any type of weekend getaway. It’s rich with beautiful architecture and weeping willows everywhere you turn. Sometimes I think it’s better to show you a place instead of telling you, so here are some photos I took when I was there. Please…

What You Didn’t See On Instagram

Of course on my social media accounts, you’ll only find beautiful photos of the seemingly fun times and beautiful landscapes while I’m traveling. However, I have to admit there’s always a lot more going on behind the scenes. Things that I don’t necessarily know how to convey to people who repeatedly tell me how envious they are of my travels. So here’s my attempt to relay some of what was really going on behind some of my Instagram posts:   I took this photo in Vietnam, approximately 4 minutes before I tripped and twisted my ankle, while tumbling down the street like a rubber ball.…

Here’s Why Hoi An is the Jewel of Vietnam

I’d heard more than once that Hoi An was a really great city to visit in Vietnam, and one that shouldn’t be missed. So I certainly made it a point not to miss it! What I didn’t expect, though, was that I’d fall deeply in love with Hoi An, and eventually find it extremely hard to leave. Here’s 5 reasons why Hoi An is the Jewel of Vietnam: •   Diversity of Landscape With some of the most beautiful resorts in Southeast Asia, the area surrounding Hoi An including An Bang and Cua Dai is a beach destination in its…

Flashpacker’s Guide to Hotels in Thailand

When I’m really excited to go somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, I can’t help but have the urge to plan out all the details farther in advance than might be necessary. Do you know the feeling? It makes the trip feel sooner, and frankly makes waiting easier. This was the case when I went to Thailand a few months ago, as I’d wanted to travel there for SO long. I reached out to friends who had been before, but they’d all either stayed at really fancy and expensive resorts or, on the other end of the spectrum, were backpacking and…

Traveling with Intention and Travel+SocialGood

I’d say about twice a year I go to an event that inspires me so deeply and aligns so remarkably well with what I believe in, that it’ll keep me on a motivational and psychological high for weeks and even months. Last week I had my biannual experience at the Travel+SocialGood Academy Day. Nicolette Orlemans, who is host of the hugely popular #CultureTrav Twitter Chat and is someone that also inspires me greatly, told me about this event a few days prior over some delicious Korean BBQ. I couldn’t be more elated that she did. Because of some of my more recent travels, it’s…