5 Faces of Joy Around the World

Since this week’s 5 Things Thursday falls on Christmas Eve, I’m doing my own take on Joy to the World. Rather than joy TO the world, I want to share with you joy FROM the world. The absolute best part of travel is always the people and no matter where in the world we find ourselves, no matter how “dangerous” or “scary” the place is meant to be, people want the same things – to take care of their family and to have a great time. So for this holiday season, I’m sharing the cheer that I’ve been so lucky to be a part of all over the world this year.

Bonus, you’re actually going to get way more than 5 faces. Cheers!

Kids in Samoa

If you’ve been following along, you’re well aware of how much I loved Samoa. And it was all about the people. Everyone was all smiles and laughter echoed everywhere I went. My cheeks hurt when I left. Squad goals with these kids.


This guy was CRACKING himself up chasing his brother with the mat. If you thought my laugh was contagious…

Skeleton Tribe and Papuans

So these guys seem scary, right?


Try again! We just laughed and laughed and I walked away not only full of joy, but covered in paint from the hugs.

Basically Everyone in Vietnam

These beauts were our guides down the muddy hills of Sapa, where we arrived at an amazing and welcoming village at the bottom.


Kecak Dancers and Indonesians

The dancers beamed joy throughout the whole performance, but it wasn’t just an act. So much fun even after the show was over. Plus, you get smiles and laughs on the streets of Jakarta.


My New Best Friend in Myanmar and the Burmese

In Inle Lake our group from the hostel went on a boat tour and stopped at a cigar making shop. I laughed. She laughed. Everyone laughed. She and I enjoyed laughing together for ages and when we went to take a picture together, it only got better. But the Burmese are known for their friendly and joyous nature and it’s a reputation well deserved. And when a monk wants to take a selfie and wear your shades, you do it. It’s the rules.

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Bonus Round: Animal Joy

Animals can be full of joy and peace too! I’m pretty sure if you stare into the sweet face of a napping luwak, all of your sins are forgiven.


Wallaby 1.1

A very Merry Festivus to all and to all a good night!



Founder of How Dare She, Jessica is on a mission to visit every country in the world, and bring you along with through photos, video and stories. 6 continents and 104 countries in. She has a BA in journalism and Master's in innovation and change, but her real skill is plugging in a USB in 2 or less tries (most of the time). She believes daring isn't about being fearless, but choosing to opt in, in spite of fear. She dares to see, taste, experience and meet the world as she goes.

6 Comments on “5 Faces of Joy Around the World

Leo Olivarez
December 24, 2015 at 10:23 pm

Awesome, Jess! Thanks for sharing your adventures. Hope you have safe and happy holidays!

December 25, 2015 at 11:07 am

Thanks Leo! You as well!

Gloria Atanmo
December 25, 2015 at 12:22 am

I love this so much!!! Wonderful pictures xoxo

December 25, 2015 at 11:06 am

Thanks! It was probably the most fun post to put together. These go on for days! xo

Shelby Golish
December 25, 2015 at 7:08 am

That was great!! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face here at work!! 🙂 Amazing job!!

December 25, 2015 at 11:07 am

Ah, glad you loved it! Merry Christmas!


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