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Chiang Mai & Chaing Rai, Thailand | Temples Galore in the Countryside

Just came from: Bangkok, Thailand One Night in Bangkok Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai, Thailand Temples Galore in the Countryside Next stop: Huay Xai, Laos (coming soon) A Familiar Countryside and a Sleeper Train It’s becoming quite clear that my camera phone isn’t cutting it.  We had hopped on an overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai, which actually became a drinking and cards game train with minimal sleep in our silk sleeping bags we’d just bought.  I was dreading these next 15 hours because of a past experience on an over-crowded sleeper train in Italy...where the walkway was littered with people sleeping on the floor.  But outside of that, I’ve always had a thing for overnight sleeper trains and this did not disappoint.  It was actually...

Bangkok, Thailand | One Night in Bangkok

Just came from: Tokyo, Japan | One Night Without a Hotel Bangkok, Thailand One Night in Bangkok & One Missed Night in Bangkok Oh Bangkok…. I had 2.5 days there and it wasn’t like anything I had ever imagined. First of all, it is absolutely massive. At a listed 8+ million population, it’s bigger than New York City. But with its metro area or suburbs included, it is 15 million or 30 million, respectively. That’s almost 4 NYCs put together! The Tears From My Eyes Go "Tuk Tuk Tuk" From the airport, I took the metro as close into town as I could, where I got onto a tuk tuk. This is like a motorcycle with a carriage strapped onto it, and I’m assuming it’s called...

Tokyo, Japan | One Night Without a Hotel

Just came from: New York, New York, Big City of Dreams! Tokyo, Japan One Night...Without a Hotel The Journey Begins I need to come clean…I have a problem:  I regularly squeeze far too much into my travels, and my overnight ‘stopover’ without a hotel in Tokyo was a shining example. I was on my United flight halfway around the world, and I had only booked this trip and flight 36 hours ago. As I mentioned earlier, I asked for the longest layover possible in Tokyo and got one at 23 hours. I had just spent the last 36 hours getting my shots, packing, attending my job farewell drinks, going to the Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers October Ball and after-party, and headed to the airport around...

Southeast Asia | The Inspiration for Saintly Bags

Southeast Asia The Inspiration for Saintly Bags The extremely rewarding journey in creating Saintly was unforeseen, and it was borne out of a trip to Southeast Asia. In October of 2012, I had decided on a new opportunity by switching firms. In the finance world, this often involves a 'garden leave', which required me to not work in the industry for 30 days. While there were numerous question marks surrounding my resignation and what I would do, there was one certainty: I wanted to maximize those 30 days and travel as much as I could. My 11+ years of finance had seen nothing but weekend vacations and the rare week-long trip...but never had I taken a 2-week trip or anything longer, as the rest of the world...

Dandy X Saintly Bags

Leather Bag Customized by Saintly
Dandy X Saintly Bags LOCAL When you measure the worth of a product, what comes to mind? Brand names? Louis Vuitton? Gucci? How expensive it is? WEEKEND FLING For me, the worth of a product comes from it’s story. I want to know who made the product and where it was crafted. When a product is made locally and has a face to it, I consider that worthy. BUSINESS When I discovered Saintly Bags, I was happy to learn they are made in New York. On top of that, these bags are fully customizable. Everything from the zippers, lining, and stitching can be changed. I tried out two possible versions of their bags, the Weekend Fling and the One Night Stand. The Weekend Fling is...