Cheap, trendy clothing is certainly alluring — but it’s also killing the planet, and even us.

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Photo by Hannah Morgan on Unsplash

Today’s millennials, zillenials, and Gen Z-ers all grew up with an acute awareness of the dire situation of our planet. Environmentalism efforts have grown rapidly in the last few decades, and climate change has been pushed to the forefront of many policy issues alongside the rise of green “stars” such as Bernie Sanders, Greta Thunberg, and AOC. And yet, if you’re a grade-schooler, broke college student with no income and student debt, or a new graduate like me, you know the pain of wanting new clothes without having to break the bank.

Thank goodness you can buy blouses on Shein…

Walking in a winter wonderland…?

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All photos belong to me, Angi Suwoto

You’ve seen it in photos. Endless rolling hills of sparkling white sand underneath New Mexico’s picturesque skies. If you’re anything like me, the idea of exploring somewhere that looks so hauntingly beautiful is enough of a draw to plan a trip to White Sands National Park.

White Sands is one of the United States’ newest national parks, officially inducted in December 2019. Before that, it was a well-known national monument dating all the way back to 1933. It’s also one of the smaller U.S. National Parks, spanning only 228 square miles. Tiny, I know.

I hate guides and itineraries that…

From an Atlanta local, born and raised.

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Photo by Ben Dutton on Unsplash

The capital of the peach state is a world apart from the rest of Georgia. Outside of Atlanta, you’ll find suburbs, farmland, rolling hills, and as much of the southern accent as you could possibly want. But in the city center, you’ll find a much more racially and ethnically diverse population, as well as a huge southern hub for all things modern, chic, and street.

I grew up here, in the greater Atlanta area. I never thought of it as a beautiful place, or one that was very Instagrammable. The city of Atlanta isn’t a walking city like New York…

Fresh mountain air, crystal clear water…what’s not to like?

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Photo by Rodrigo Soares on Unsplash

Perched on the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular getaway spots in the area. Depending on what time of year you come here, it may be super crowded, so I’ve picked out the very best spots for you to tackle in just 48 hours! We were here for about 3 days, but I was also working at the time, so we only had half a day each day. …

I’m tired of bloggers gushing that solo travelling was the best decision they ever made.

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Photo by Drif Riadh on Unsplash

When I first became interested in traveling, one of my biggest frustrations was finding people to go with. I’d ask friends, who would all respond enthusiastically, only to quickly retract their decisions the next day (or even worse, only days before the trip was set to happen). But as much as I wanted to travel, I didn’t want to be by myself, either.

I noticed that many, many people struggle with the availability to travel. People kept asking questions and offering excuses. What about time? What about money? Is it safe? I don’t have anyone to travel with. I’ll wait…

It’s not about quantity, it’s about…well, you already know.

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Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

Prior to embarking on an intense hiking and road trip back in June, I was packing up everything and getting my affairs in order — I often don’t check my phone when traveling. Upon rifling through my Gmail account, I noticed a curious little email from Medium in my inbox, titled: “Congrats, you’re a top writer in Travel on Medium.”

Which made pretty much zero sense to me, so I laughed it off and put it aside — because how was that possible, when I had only written 5 stories total on the platform, and only 3 about travel?


If you’ve ever wondered what the world’s most chaotic festival is like, it goes something like this.

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Photo by San Fermin Pamplona - Navarra on Unsplash

For one week in July, the tiny town of Pamplona, Spain transforms into one of the wildest, craziest parties in the world.

The San Fermin Festival was, as the name suggests, originally held in Spain every year to honor Saint Fermin. But for many years now, it has become a wild, wild party–an entire week that kicks off with the chupinazo, an opening ceremony, and is followed by seven days of encierro: the famous running of the bulls, every morning at 8 o’clock sharp. …

That’s a mouthful, but representation matters.

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Photo by Alejandro Cartagena 🇲🇽🏳‍🌈 on Unsplash

Rant first, accounts later. (Feel free to jump down if you want those accounts ASAP.)

I’m what’s known as an ABC — an American-Born Chinese, a first-generation Asian-American born from an immigrant family. And I love reading blogs and finding inspiration on Instagram as much as the next girl, but as I combed through travel accounts, I became increasingly attentive to the lack of non-white-passing persons of color who had attained “Instagram Girl” status, and in particular, overseas East/SE Asians.

By overseas Asians, I mean Asians like me — people who have moved or were born outside of Asia. I…

Step aside, Zion!

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Taken by me (Angi Suwoto)

Hey, question for you. Have you heard of Bryce Canyon National Park? No, not Grand Canyon — Bryce Canyon. No? I’m not really surprised. How about Zion National — oh, yeah, you know that one.

Bryce Canyon National Park is often overlooked by its much more popular sister, Zion National Park. The two of them are right next to each other and share Utah as their home state, but while Zion is the fourth most-visited national park in the entire United States, Bryce Canyon is floundering somewhere…lower on the list.

When I visited the two of them, I was flabbergasted…

3 days to explore Mars.

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Is this planet Earth? (taken by my travel partner @mduanamite)

My friends and I made a stop at Joshua Tree National Park on our southwest trip and BOY did it leave an impact on me! I’ve been dreaming about Joshua Tree for the last couple of years, and for good reason — it’s one of the most famous national parks in the southwest United States for its eerie and otherworldly landscape and topography.

Even though we weren’t there on a weekend, I call this itinerary the Ultimate Weekend because it fits perfectly into a weekend — get there on a Friday evening and head back Sunday afternoon!

Here’s our speed…

Angi Suwoto

I’m a traveling fairy and lifestyle writer who just happens to code. Trying to make everyday magical! [ Follow me: @angi.susu on IG / ]

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