Author Archives: Brittany Swanson

Bangkok, Thailand — Days 2–5: Tuk-tuks, Street Food, and Tourist Claustrophobia

The Royal Crematorium for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand.

We started our first full day in Bangkok with yoga and meditation at our Airbnb’s rooftop pool overlooking the city. I’m not going to lie, I could have gotten used to a morning routine with that view everyday. Spec-tacular! Ale consulted good ole TripAdvisor for things to do in Bangkok which pointed us toward Wat Saket or The Golden Mount… Read more »

Bangkok, Thailand — Day 1: Awkward International Adventures

View of Bangkok and the edge of a rooftop infinity pool.

We flew SIXTEEN hours from Houston to Taipei, Taiwan where we had a three hour layover. In that time I watched four movies: The Social Network, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Martian, and Wonder Woman. My hips were super cranky from sitting for so long, but otherwise I have no complaints from this hella long flight. Even… Read more »

An Update and An Invitation

Four bags/backpacks in front of a window at the airport.

Hey there, Thanks for coming back. It’s been a while. I’ll try not to be away for so long again, but no promises. With my 50 States in 50 Weeks project I hoped to accomplish three goals: Make it to all fifty states, See my own country before venturing out into the world so I could tell people about where… Read more »

50 States in 50 Weeks – By the Numbers: The Final Countdown

From Maine to Washington and Alaska to Hawaii, here’s the final numbers recap of 50 States in 50(ish) weeks: TIME: Total days on the road: 330 (a day over 47 weeks – which doesn’t count the four day break I took in Massachusetts at the beginning or the six days I took to see Alex for his birthday before heading to… Read more »

Hawaii – By the Numbers:

Brittany Swanson   August 18, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – By the Numbers:

Hawaii, state fifty (holy moly, I actually made it…), by the numbers: Total miles: 32 (I didn’t have a car, but got to borrow one for part of a day on Oahu to go to the beach.) Total money gained: $300.14 (Bee farm family paid me after I finished my hours and a lady gave me $0.25 after I gave… Read more »

Hawaii – Days 43-64: Hawai’i (aka the Big Island) – A Private Beach, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and Making Friends in the Ocean

Brittany Swanson   August 18, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – Days 43-64: Hawai’i (aka the Big Island) – A Private Beach, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and Making Friends in the Ocean

One day I restarted my computer because it was being slow but when it turned back on it wouldn’t let me log in. It got frozen on the login page. It wouldn’t let me type or click anywhere. Ahh! After trying fruitlessly for a few days to get it to work I finally accepted that I’d have to take it in. Lame…. Read more »

Hawaii – Days 36-42: Hawai’i (aka the Big Island) – Hitchhiking, the Best Worst Day, and Other Adventures

Brittany Swanson   August 18, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – Days 36-42: Hawai’i (aka the Big Island) – Hitchhiking, the Best Worst Day, and Other Adventures

In trying to decide what to do with my life after this 50 States in 50 Weeks road trip I contemplated a Montessori teaching training. But before I decided either way, I wanted to observe a Montessori classroom in action. I found two Montessori schools on the Big Island and made an appointment to observe a classroom at the one closest… Read more »

Hawaii – Days 17-35: Hawai’i (aka the Big Island) – Hiking Across Volcano Craters and Discovering a New Love of Snorkeling

Brittany Swanson   August 9, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – Days 17-35: Hawai’i (aka the Big Island) – Hiking Across Volcano Craters and Discovering a New Love of Snorkeling

I arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii on July 1st. I’d arranged to WWOOF (world wide opportunities on organic farms) with a bee farm for the entirety of my time on the island. The deal with WWOOFing is free food and shelter in exchange for a certain number of hours of work a week. The bee farm and I… Read more »

Hawaii – Days 8-16: Maui – Colorful Beaches, Life Above the Clouds, Waterfalls, and the Beauty of the Sun

Brittany Swanson   July 5, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – Days 8-16: Maui – Colorful Beaches, Life Above the Clouds, Waterfalls, and the Beauty of the Sun

My first night in Maui I stayed at a hostel called the Banana Bungalow. I hadn’t been able to find Couchsurfing hosts for a few nights on Maui and figured a hostel would be better than sleeping on the beach. Even if it was the first time on my trip I had to pay for accommodation… Shortly after I arrived and… Read more »

Hawaii – Days 1-7: Oahu – Beaches, Hiking, and All the AcroYoga

Brittany Swanson   July 5, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – Days 1-7: Oahu – Beaches, Hiking, and All the AcroYoga

When I graduated high school I went to Oahu with my mom and grandma. My grandma really wanted to go to the USS Arizona Memorial, but we waited until the last day we were there and then they ran out of tickets before we got to see it. I still feel really bad about that, so I wanted to make sure visiting… Read more »