Why I Chose to Travel to the Other Side of the World Before Starting my Career

My career has always been top of my mind. I spent my school years running social media and planning events, and I spent my summers in chilly office buildings at various internships. As my four years came to a close and college graduation came closer and closer, I naturally started applying to public relations jobs in Washington, D.C.Read More »


One Month in Thailand and Cambodia: The Itinerary

I decided to travel to Thailand and Cambodia for a month after graduating from college. It was an incredible decision, and I’m so glad that I took a month in between school and work to travel to the other side of the world. Planning a month long trip, though, no matter how fun it was, was certainly a bit of a daunting task, particularly for a country I knew little about.

For this first blog post on the trip, I’ll share our itinerary and the things we did. In later posts, I’ll write more about my favorite places and some of the things I would’ve done differently. If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, I hope this helps!Read More »

Thailand and Last Minute Travel Nerves

Traveling is exciting, but it can be nerve wracking too, especially as a trip gets closer and becomes more real. As I write this, im sitting in an airport in Raleigh about to board the first of three flights as I make my way to Thailand. I am so unbelievably excited, but I’m so incredibly nervous too.

Stepping out of your home, your comfort zone, into something unknown is always a bit scary. There’s so many things that could go wrong. There’s so much to anticipate. But that’s ok. That what makes it all so exciting.

If you’re feeling nervous before a big trip, just remind yourself of what inspired you to go there to begin with. Embrace the unexpected and get excited. Chances are many tourists have visited this place before you have, and they’ve all loved it. All will be well, and you’re going to have the adventure of your life. You’ve made it this far. You’ve taken the big leap in deciding to do this trip, now do it and don’t look back. Happy travels!

If you want to keep up with my travels in Thailand, stay posted on my blog and also follow me on Instagram @mikala_whitaker.

Have you ever felt some nerves before traveling? What made you feel better about it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!