Month: August 2017

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Woman of the Week: Carina

I met Carina online through the blogging world and was immediately inspired by her blog, The Undiscovered Journey. Nearly everything she writes resonates with me and I’m inspired by her bold celebration of women and the adventures she’s created for herself. Carina is just beginning another ambitious […]

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Singapore Prison Systems – Why the country’s criminal justice system is ranked #4 in the world.

2016 was a big year for Singapore and their criminal justice system. There was a change of command with Mr. Desmond Chin taking over as commissioner for the Singapore Prison Service (SPS), replacing Mr. Soh Wai Wah. The SPS also “unveiled new core values…Synergy, Vigilance, […]

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Woman of the Week: Maya

Maya is a student at Indiana University whom I met through her older brother, Adam. One of the Suitcase Six ladies, Marie, has been dating Adam for a few years so I’ve gotten to know Maya through group hangouts of mutual friends in our circles. I […]

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5 Days in Krabi, Thailand

 The beginning of our 1.5 weeks in Thailand was spent on the west coast, in the town of Krabi. After a quiet 40-minute taxi ride from the Krabi airport to our accommodations at the Bananas Bungalows, Marie and I arrived at what would become my […]

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Woman of the Week: Laura

Laura is my oldest friend – we met in second grade as 7 and 8 year olds and have been running around together ever since. We’ve gone to the same schools up until college, and I’ve been so lucky to have such a steady friend for […]

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6 Non-Travel Careers to See the World

I spent a lot of time researching travel careers and jobs that allow you to travel as I entered college and for the most part found the same few opportunities: volunteering for a few years with Peace Corps, becoming a travel blogger or social media […]

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi everyone – I have exciting news! I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Bloggers Award by Kate with A Sprinkle of Everything who was gracious enough to give Suitcase Six a glance. You should check out her amazing lifestyle blog for lots of great posts […]

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Woman of the Week: Leana

I met Leana through work – she was a longtime colleague of my boss, Dr. Ochoa, and a close friend who now works with us on our HOPE projects in the juvenile correctional facilities. I quickly found out that she has had a lifelong passion of traveling and although […]

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Planning for Portugal: Step 3 – Considering Our Objectives

After deciding we wanted to spend our 16 days in Portugal, Christian and I started to think about what we wanted out of our trip. So far, our main objectives have boiled down to the following: Melissa will be working in Lisbon, Portugal during the […]

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How Accessible Is Malaysia?

Of the places I visited in Southeast Asia, Malaysia was one where I experienced the most intense culture shock. This was likely intensified by factors like illness and jetlag, which are not directly related to Malaysia. None the less after reflecting on my time, I […]