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NIAN HU  📍 nyc based feminist, travel & lifestyle writer ✎ travel & food writer @thisisinsider ✎ feminist columnist @theharvardcrimson ▽ read my writing ▽

day 2 of EDC was even more magical than day 1 because I got to see some of my all-time favorites: @kygomusic, @illeniummusic, @jauzofficial, @yellowclaw, @kshmr, just to name a few.
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and it was also so fun wearing this sparkly outfit from @iheartraves! in the oppressive dry heat of Las Vegas, it was the perfect option for looking cute while also not suffering from heatstroke 😅
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my sleep schedule still has not totally adjusted (I slept for 12 hours last night, oops), and it’s been even harder to adjust back to real life 😔 does anyone else have that problem when they come back from a trip?

this weekend, I danced every night until the sun rose, watched some of my favorite DJs perform, and made some truly unforgettable memories.
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at the top of the Ferris wheel, the entire festival was laid out before me. I could see all of the lights pulsing from the stages, hear the thumping bass, and feel the throbbing energy of thousands of people who all came together to do one thing — escape from reality.
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this was my first EDC, and it surpassed my highest expectations. has anyone else been to it, or a similar music festival?

can you believe this place is real? it’s been nearly a month since I took a spur-of-the-moment solo trip to Iceland, and now that I’m going through all of my photos, it seems unbelievable that places like this actually exist.
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now that I’m back in nyc, I’ve gotten used to feeling small in large crowds of people and between towering skyscrapers — but it’s not quite the same as feeling small in the vast emptiness of Iceland’s desolate landscape and beneath enormous rock formations carved entirely by nature.

feeling very small (and cold) in front of the Solheimajokull glacier. this is not my first time seeing a glacier, as I’ve seen them in Alaska and New Zealand as well, but it was so cool walking up to this massive mountain of ice, touching it with my bare hands, and exploring all the crevasses and ice caves. next time, I definitely want to take a walk on top of a glacier!

climbing these basalt columns was so much fun, but also extremely challenging because my legs are too short. I had to literally propel myself from one column to another. it’s tough being short 😪 I’m 5’2 (157 cm)—any other short people out there?

apologies for taking so long to post Iceland pics—I just started my internship at @thisisinsider this past week, and it’s been insanely amazing! I’ve written six articles so far, which you can check out in my story highlights or in the link in my bio. one of my articles even became a Twitter Moment, which is really exciting. I also got the chance to interview famous porn star @johnnysins for an article. overall, a great first week and I can’t wait to share more of my writing with you all!
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but of course I’m also excited to share more pics and stories of my adventures in Iceland. one of the must-do day trips from Reykjavik is a tour of the Golden Circle, which you can drive on your own or with a tour company. this popular itinerary includes several breathtaking sightseeing destinations, from waterfalls to geysers to national parks.
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as a NYC native, I never learned how to drive. so I went on a tour of the Golden Circle with @geoiceland_travel. we went to all of the major stops, and we also stopped by this gorgeous crater lake. the lake was still mostly frozen at this point in the year (early April) but it was no less stunning. the volcanic rock and soil around the crater was a deep terra cotta red, the moss and lichen growing on the rocks were vivid green, and the lake itself was bright blue. the vibrant colors and sheer size of the crater was simply otherworldly, and it felt incredible to stand on the edge of the crater and look over its vast expanse.

just got back from the most magical trip to Iceland 🇮🇸 this country has been on my bucket list for so, so long. it was a dream come true to finally visit—and Iceland surpassed all of my expectations.
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I went alone, but I never felt lonely. I met the most incredible people everywhere I went, from the black sand beach to the blue lagoon to my hostel room. I stayed up until two or three in the morning hanging out with my new friends, then woke up four hours later to go explore the beautiful country of Iceland and all of its sparkling waterfalls, enigmatic black sand beaches, and awe-inspiring landscapes.
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one of the highlights of this trip was riding an Icelandic horse. these adorable fluffy horses have long fascinated me, and as a self-described equine enthusiast (refer to my article “unicorn girl in a unicorn world”) it was absolutely blissful to spend a few hours riding my very own Icelandic horse through dramatic landscapes and lava fields.
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I’m actually really scared of horseback riding because the last time I rode a horse as an 11 year old child in summer camp, not only did I experience a violent allergic reaction but I also almost got thrown off when my horse decided to sprint headlong into a tree. fortunately, the Icelandic horses are incredibly gentle, sweet, and patient. I also took a lot of Benadryl, so the inevitable allergic reaction wasn’t as bad as usual.
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thanks to the folks at @vikinghorses for this awesome opportunity!

thank you to everyone who reached out to me about the sexist comments I received on my last photo (you can see them on my story highlight “feminist rant”). I am truly blessed to have so many incredible and supportive and empowering friends, many of whom I met on Instagram. you all make me so happy, and you motivate me to continue writing & posting photos ❤️ and I am also inspired to see so many people who support feminism and believe that women should be treated respectfully, as three-dimensional and complex human beings who do not exist solely for male pleasure! there’s still a long road ahead of us when it comes to gender equality, but I have renewed faith that things will improve in the future.
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on a totally unrelated note, I just booked a 6 day trip to Iceland! please let me know what I should see and do. I really want to hear your recommendations 🙏🏼

interested in planning a short trip to Thailand, but not really sure how to get started? check out my recommended 2-week itinerary to see the most of Thailand! (link in bio)
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apologies for being inactive for the past few days. I’ve been pretty busy with my writing, and I have an exciting announcement: I’ll be writing about food & travel at @thisisinsider! 😱 thank you all so much for the support, and I promise I’ll be more active and show y’all the love & support you deserve 🙌🏼

never in my entire life did I think I’d find myself giving an elephant a bath...yet here I am 😂 so many people go to Thailand for the opportunity to experience one of these amazing animals up close. however it’s incredibly important to do your research and find a sanctuary that treats their elephants well, because there’s a dark side to many of these elephant experiences. read more about how to have an ethical elephant experience in my latest article. link in bio 🐘

look at all those details 😱 people told me to skip Bangkok but I actually really enjoyed wandering around all the temples & feasting my eyes on the intricate designs and Buddhist iconography. I almost got stampeded by a crowd of tourists while I was here, but it was worth it 👌🏼

I think I died and went to unicorn heaven 🦄 the unicorn cafe in Bangkok was an incredible experience. I cuddled with stuffed unicorns, ate a rainbow cake, and made new friends. read more about my experience in my latest article! link in bio 💕

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