Destinations Posts

Suitcase Six white-temple-3-color 6 Mistakes I Made Backpacking Asia

6 Mistakes I Made Backpacking Asia

Last year, (2017) I spent three weeks backpacking Asia with one of the other Suitcase Six ladies. Marie and I had an unforgettable time exploring Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hong Kong together. As I reflect on our adventures, I realize we made quite a few […]

Suitcase Six ELEPHANT-1 Encountering Elephants Ethically.

Encountering Elephants Ethically.

The last stop in Thailand for Marie and I was a really special one. Elephants have long been one of my favorite animals and I really wanted to see them when I was in Thailand. That being said, I was very aware of their exploitation […]

Suitcase Six IMG_8511 Singapore Prison Systems

Singapore Prison Systems

Why the country’s criminal justice system is ranked #4 in the world. 2016 was a big year for Singapore prisons systems and criminal justice. There was a change of command with Mr. Desmond Chin taking over as commissioner for the Singapore Prison Service (SPS), replacing […]

Suitcase Six IMG_7995 5 Days in Krabi, Thailand

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 short flight from Singapore, and a quiet, 40-minute taxi ride from the Krabi airport to our accommodations at the Bananas Bungalows, Marie and I […]

Suitcase Six ARCH2 How Accessible Is Malaysia?

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 and can be attributed to mistakes we made. None […]

Suitcase Six BATU-CAVES 3 Days in Kuala Lampur: My Malaysia Itinerary

3 Days in Kuala Lampur: My Malaysia Itinerary

In Southeast Asia, Marie and I spent about 3 days in Kuala Lampur (KL). If we had more time, I would have liked to explore the rest of Malaysia and take a few day trips around the country. I know there are plenty of beautiful […]

Suitcase Six MADISON-JCF Juvenile Justice in the USA

Juvenile Justice in the USA

The good, the bad, and the ugly sides of the United States juvenile justice system.

Suitcase Six plant-wall Green Singapore: A City for the Eco-Conscious

Green Singapore: A City for the Eco-Conscious

In March, I got to spend five days in Singapore with Marie and I fell in love with the place. One of the things I most appreciated about the city was that they make a noticeable effort to protect our planet and create a sustainable […]

Suitcase Six sting-ray The Suitcase Six Singapore Itinerary

The Suitcase Six Singapore Itinerary

Marie and I went to Southeast Asia for three weeks in March, and because Marie is a talented photographer, we have incredible shots to document the trip. I’ve already shared an itinerary showing how long we were in each city (Suitcase Six in Southeast Asia: […]

Suitcase Six NY-CENTRAL-PARK-SIGN 6 Stops to Make in Central Park

6 Stops to Make in Central Park

On the way back from Amsterdam, Dylan and I flew in to NYC where he recently moved into an apartment. I stopped over for the weekend and had him as my personal city guide. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, Dylan took Akshay (another college friend […]