China has a free 72 hour transit visa for flight layovers in major Chinese cities. I had a 20 hour layover in Shanghai (Pudong Airport).
Known as the Tibetan Plateau or Rooftop of the World, Qinghai province was an unchartered beauty for western travelers … not now. I spent 9 days exploring it. Located next to Tibet, with unspoiled landscapes, prayer flags and roaming yaks, (more…)
Every country/culture has mysterious and “fear factor” foods that foreigners might have difficulty trusting . As a vegetarian, I often experience distrust more than I do an open and inviting look at food. Often, there’s no local to inform me about the cultural foods. Some foods appear off-putting and yet, it makes me feel an intense cultural curiosity. Visually, I might look at something and say, “I could never… ” and then at the same turn, I wonder, “But I what that’s all about?…Afterall, locals like it!”
Traveling alone is never what people think it’s like. The benefits far outweigh the cons and you’ll find loneliness is not an incurable disease which you’ll be cursed with. People think that with solo travel you’ll not have people to share special moments with. When you put yourself out there, you have an entire hostel with travelers to choose from! I’ve even shared transportation and tours with travelers I met in transit like the bus or van to a destination. (more…)
Maybe you want to experience Bali like a local. Maybe you’re adventurous or just want an easy way to skirt around your Bali sightseeing itinerary. Whatever your taste is, driving in Bali or renting a motorbike there, is the way to go. Many tourists opt to get around by renting a motorbike.
Top 10 Things that will ruin your vacation and ways to recover it. .What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you when you were traveling? Today I’m going to talk about the ten common things that can make or break your travel as well as, ways you can deal
These days, there’s a growing interest in solo travel. Traveling solo can empower you, gain you more confidence and open a new world of travel freedom for you.
Solo Travel Tips: Eating Alone. “How do you eat alone? is a common anxiety-stricken question I hear from solo travel hopefuls. The questions poses their reluctance for traveling solo. Some people feel anxious and self-conscious about eating alone; they don’t want to be seen as “a
I never expected that I’d be caving in Thailand. I knew that Northern Thailand was perfect for outdoor activities such as trekking and village
I was starting to feel too sedate in Chiang Mai. My month-long trip to India had shifted my sense of adventure. Suddenly, I craved travel
How to Travel More (watch video) At the beginning of the year we all start with a whole list of goals that we’re going to start implementing in our lives to make our lives better and more fulfilling. However, out of all those goals that we start with good intentions, along the way and within the […]
Borneo Wetlands Tour : Kuching Wetlands National Park | Sarawak, Malaysia Kuching Wetlands National Park was a 30 minute drive outside of Kuching city center. At 6,610 hectares of wetlands it was a habitat for locals and wildlife native to Sarawak.
Top 7 Attractions of Jilin | China’s Winter Wonderland Jilin is China’s new winter wonderland and its known for three main things: Rime winters, hot springs and ski resorts. With winters which get below freezing level (as low as -20 degrees Celcius or -11degrees F), winter in the Jilin region takes on a new chill. Pristine, powdery snowfall, […]
Travel Tips for China . China is a large country and can feel like a cultural mystery to many travelers. With 1.6 billion people and over 5000 years of history, and a complex language, it can feel overwhelming. Often the travelers which know
What was the coldest destination you’ve traveled and were you prepared for it? This past trip to Northern China tested the winter traveler in me. I thought I knew how to pack for winter travel in the past. But the travel I did in the past was mostly urban and cosmopolitan. I
Adios 2016! You were a good but challenging year. Here’s a flashback of the best and worst moments of 2016. I actually started filming it at the tail end of 2015 starting my three month trip, through Thailand, Taiwan, Borneo and India.
10 Yuan Stores in China | $2 Souvenir Shopping It seems Asian countries have their own equivalent to a dollar store. But I was still surprised when I came upon 10 yuan stores in China.
In lieu of the holidays, I wanted to do a holiday gift guide for travelers. As there are lots of travelers out there and we all travel for different reasons I thought I’d do something a little different and share an ultimate gift guide for travelers. From Adventure Travelers, Vacationers, Business Travelers, Male explorers, Do-It-Yourselfers and more, I […]
Though Portugal is often overshadowed by its larger Western European neighbors, it’s quickly gaining international attention as a world-class travel destination. Breathtaking palaces, pristine coasts, and a vibrant history, Portugal greets visitors with low prices
, Phuket to Phi Phi Islands by Speedboat & why I’ll never take one again (watch video) . Speedboat tours to the Phi Phi islands are a popular tourist attraction. You can see a lot in a day, but I can’t promise you there won’t be rough bumps. First off, eOasia is a trip planning […]
Coming to Phuket I didn’t have an itinerary plan. Phuket Island is large and I felt overwhelmed with the notion of figuring out how to get around just to sightsee. Usually my travel time as a blogger and YouTuber keeps me on the constant hustle to see, photograph and film my experiences as much as I can […]
Bako National Park is located 37 km from Kuching and was the best wildlife highlights of my trip to Sarawak.. and probably my life! It was the first time I encountered wildlife that was not in captivity. Instead, I was free to wander in their land and walk beside them. Best of all, it didn’t […]
What does condoms and Mentos have to do with shopping in Kuching? Continuing my 7 Eleven shopping series… If you haven’t guessed it yet, on YouTube, I love my 7 Eleven stores as much as I love documenting some of the weird toilets I’ve experienced in my travels. Filled with culture shock, curiosity and travel resource […]
Phuket Vegetarian Festival | Documentary Video . . The annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival occurs on the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar (often, around October) and spans nine days, where participants – usually of Chinese ancestry- undergo a strict vegetarian diet during the period. Various gory spectacles, perilous events and parades taking place, from sword piercings, fire walking, etc… […]
10 Top Sarawak Foods | Kuching Sarawak Food Guide | Malaysian Borneo With foodie influences from Malay and Chinese cuisine, mixed with the jungle flavors of Borneo tribes, Sarawakian food is something to experience. So come along and I’ll show you the top 10 foods
When getting ready for a trip, there are lots of essential items you have on your packing list. But there’s one very important travel survival item many people forget or don’t even know about in the first place – a VPN! There are many reasons why you should be using a VPN while traveling! A VPN […]
Travel Guide to Staying in Hotels I don’t know about you, but sometimes, staying at hotels can give me a bit of anxiety. I appreciate the pampering and the independence of having my own room. Yet, there’s the burden of always wondering how secure my room is or what the etiquette is
How to Use Asian Squat Toilets #2 | A China Toilet . Travel is always an adventure. Over the years, its taught me to have an open mind, while exposing me to a variety of situations, which throw me outside of my comfort zone. One of those zones happen to be toilets; hence, why I have a […]
17 Things about How I Travel… You Asked! As promised, this is the continuation to round it up to 50 Things About Me. The last video I posted was 33 Things About Me You Never Knew.
If you’re doing a liveaboard in Thailand (or anywhere for that matter), you’ll probably wonder what to pack for a liveaboard dive boat vacation? What essentials should you bring?
Pigs blood rice cake, Gua Bao, Stinky Tofu… If you’re a foodie and you want variety, then Taiwan is going to be your soulmate destination. As an international foodie capital, Taipei is a dynamic city of modernity, street food and fusion foods. Virtually any type of diet will be
33 Random Things You Never Knew About Me . Crossing 20,000 subscribers on YouTube is like a rite of passage of hard work and exhalation. It’s a huge wahoo! Blogging myself vs vlogging myself With YouTube, I pour a lot of time editing, thinking of ideas and throwing myself in front of the camera. Of course, I enjoy
Taipei has a quirky side. Oh yes it does. If you didn’t know it, there’s a handful of off-beat and unusual things to do in Taipei from museums, factory tours and theme cafes. As always, my video give an inside peek into the experience as I report from that location. The information between written post […]
I spent 9 days in Taipei. Did I do everything? Not even close. A fortune telling street, a snake and toilet restaurant, night markets… as an international foodie capital, Taipei is a dynamic city
. If someone were to tell me I’d be doing a liveaboard vacation in the Similan Islands of Thailand, I’d had thought they were writing a story of what they fantasized my travel life to be like.
Taipei Culture Shock : 7 Things to Love or Hate (video) Culture shock can vary in range, from extremely unpleasant to mind-blowing awesome. Each traveler has their own gauge of likes and dislikes in experiencing ‘cultural difference’. But overall, experiencing culture shock is what adds to the adventurous fun of travel.
7-Eleven Taiwan (watch video) If you’ve seen my last video on 7-Eleven in Thailand, you’d know Asian 7-Elevens are more exciting than in the U.S. Here’s some reasons why 7-Eleven Taiwan is awesome!
6 Top Attractions Northern Taiwan | Taiwan Travel Guide Before I went to Taiwan, I saw a Taiwan travel brochure of the striking natural sights of Northern Taiwan (Northeastern to be exact). I knew I had to visit and that’s what drew me into considering Taiwan as my next travel hop. I’m sucker for landscapes with wow-factor.
Qinghai Travel Highlights: The Unchartered Beauty of Qinghai, China. . . As one of the largest regions of China, near the Tibetan border, Qinghai offers a mixture of Mongolian and Tibetan influences, monasteries and mosques, wonderful natural beauty, and a lot of yaks! For years, this unchartered beauty has been a well-kept secret of Chinese […]
Ultimate Packing Tips for India | What’s in my Backpack? . Namaste! Today I’ll be sharing with you what’s in my bag for India. India can be a challenging and complex country but also very rewarding once you feel like you’ve prepared for it. I’ll be sharing my packing tips for India and the top essential […]
Planning a Trip to India | Things you should know . To say India is a huge country, is an understatement. You can travel the country and you’ll always find something a little differet- mountains, deserts, beaches, rivers, etc.. you can find all types of terrain there, which is why even Indians will travel their own […]
Watch: MY NEXT BIG ADVENTURE & TRIP PLANNING MY FIRST TRIP TO CHINA, Qinghai *Note: Watch for the entertainment, read for the information . Today I want to do a special announcement. Firstly, I’ve been blown away by the response you’ve given to some of my India videos. Basically , my travel survival series. I’m […]
16 POPULAR BANGKOK STREET FOODS . As one of the best known street foodie capitals of Southeast Asia, Bangkok has an endless variety of food to tempt your tastebuds. The city is a haven of street foods. It seems you’ll see food hawkers and sidewalk hawkers lining the streets frying, boiling, dicing and chopping some of the […]
Travel Tips: Eating Indian Food with your Hands . Many first time travelrs to India are often surprised to find out that eating with your hands in India is okay. You’d use it as you might use a utensil. It’s used as a scoop, can be used to mix food up and shovel it into […]
Street Food Safety: 14 Tips for Not Getting Sick While Traveling Many of you have been watching my street food videos and wondering how I don’t get sick. First of all, I have gotten sick (twice!), but let me get to that later in the video, because I have more to share on that. I […]
Despite Kolkata (aka Calcutta) was once the capital city of India, the thought of visiting Kolkata always intimidated me. From other travelers I’d talked to, I got the impression it must’ve been the armpit of India~
Top Kolkata street foods| Kolkata Food Guide, . . Certain cities are known for being street food capitals. One of the biggest highlights of Kolkata was the fact that you’ll find its sidewalks are a bazaar of street food. There’s many top Kolkata street foods to try. Walking down a sidewalk is like walking down a […]
Things to Do in Delhi 48 hours | Delhi Travel Guide . Delhi, India, (नई दिल्ली) is the national capital of India and one of my favorite cities. As a vast country with diverse terrain, 29 states and a population of over 1.2 billion, Delhi is one of the main cities which offers a large mixture […]
Travelling Thailand : Getting Around Thailand: 20 Ways to Travel . Thailand has a wealth of transportation such that you’ll always find a solution for travelling Thailand . As a solo traveler, I make it a point to try as many transportation options as I can. It helps me have more control over my trip […]
41 Things to Do in Bangkok (Part 2: OLD City #1-15) Bangkok is a city that backpackers and solo travelers find comfort with. The city is a surprising blend of both, old world and new world charm, with elegant urban design mixed with aged tradition.
. Internet access and staying in touch with friends and family through social media is important to many of us, even when we travel. How do you stay connected while traveling abroad? When I arrived into Kolkata and realized that my hotel didn’t have internet, anywhere in the vicinity and there were no
20 THINGS TO DO IN PAI THAILAND Nestled in the foothills of Northern Thailand, just three hours and close to 800 curves from Chiang Mai, is Pai, a little hippie Thai backpacker haven filled with restaurants, funky boutique shops, cafes and a
Travel Survival Tips for Korea: Navigating Korean Culture Continuing from my last video post about Travel Essentials for Seoul, I thought I’d share five more travel essentials for Korea! This segment, I’ll be focusing on navigating Korean culture.
Travel Essentials for Seoul (Part 1 of 2) Getting ready to travel to Seoul? Seoul , South Korea. It’s the home of Korean drama, K-pop, theme cafes and a lot of cool technology. Here’s some essential travel tips to make your trip to Seoul a breeze!
Motorbike Tips for Thailand When in Thailand, many travelers like to rent a motorbike, not only to get around quicker. Motorbikes help us explore a place deeper. With a motorbike, you can get out to the countryside where the scenery and lifestyles change. All of a sudden, the place feels more authentic, local… a breath […]
FLASHPACKING CONVERTIBLE BACKPACK | EAGLE CREEK DOUBLEBACK22 REVIEW . When my convertible carry on got damaged by airlines baggage handlers, I was in snit. When I discover a certain aspect of my travel gear works for me and I like it, I become loyal to it… I marry it until one of us croaks. Now I was being […]
Deep Fried Bugs Taste Test Challenge | Bangkok, Thailand (Click here if you can’t see the video) During my trip to Bangkok, I wanted to try eating deep fried bugs. The first time I was in Thailand, I did a video of myself eating a cricket. This time I wanted to try more. I went in search […]
When the holiday season rolls around, we all want to shop for ourselves, friends, family… and ourselves. Just kidding. Well not really. But if you’re stuck in a nit trying to think of what to get your travel bestie (or what to drop hints for them to get you… ) this Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers list will […]
. I’ve done food videos taste testing mysterious Turkish foods and recently, a six-course meal of deep fried bugs in Thailand (post
Medical Tourism Thailand: Going to a hospital in Chiang Mai I haven’t been on social media this week, because I got sick.. and then I went to the hospital in Chiang Mai… Aah, part of the fun reality of travel. This was my inspiration for sharing my experience in medical tourism in Thailand. When I […]
There’s a reason why Istanbul is quickly becoming a favorite city for travelers. Not only is Istanbul a friendly city, but it’s a city located on two separate continents (a European side and Asian side), complete with
Wanna film your selfie? Sure you do! Everywhere and anyone knows how to operate a cellphone or mirrorless camera to take a selfie. From DSLRs , mini DSLRs to mirrorless and pocket cameras, I’ll be walking you through the highlights of the nine best vlogging cameras
Watch the video: 찜질방 A Quick guide to Korean Jjimjilbangs | Korean Bath house & Sauna If you can’t view it here, go to :https://youtu.be/nNdt0BDSdOs . If you’ve followed any of my adventures while I was living in Korea, you’ll know that I love jjimjilbangs (aka bathhouses in Korea)! The reason is that Koreans know how […]
Top 5 Travel Survival Tips for Traveling to Vietnam (Southeast Asia travel).. Of all the Southeast Asian countries out there, Vietnam happens to be the trickiest and I will tell you why. Today I’m going to share with you my…
21 Must Try TurkishFoods | Turkish Food Guide . This video is a compilation of what I experienced and learned about while traveling a short period in Turkey. This Turkish Food Guide by all means, is not a cumulative list of Turkish cuisine. Turkey has a fascinating Ottoman history and culture of farming, fishing and livestock and […]
. While my time in historical Athens and mystical Meteora were divine, my arrival into romantic Santorini I started off on the wrong foot. However, there’s a blessing in having unexpected roommates when you travel, even if you’re forced to share beds with them! The notion of getting around a place can occasionally feel like a challenge. With Santorini, it wasn’t […]
You’ve probably already seen enviable photos of Cappadocia, either here or from a friend. And they were so stunning that it’s definitely on your bucket list for Turkey. Maybe you’re planning your itinerary already! Great.
Ladies, would you pee standing up? | Feminine Urinary Devices (Click here for video) – Ladies, does the idea of using a squat toilet freak you out? If the answer is Yes, then if you could, would you pee standing up? We’re talking about a female urinary device (aka female urinary diversion device (fudd) or “pee cup”).
Top 10 Tips on How to Haggle like a Rockstar! (Watch Video on YouTube) What is haggling? Top 10 Tips on How to Haggle like a Rockstar! 1. Shop Around
10 Best Things to Do in Cappadocia, Turkey (Video) Cappadocia is a very large region of valleys, villages and towns. The reason a lot of people come out to Cappadocia is for the rock formations. Many of them are unusually shaped and it makes you wonder if aliens
Travel Essentials for Surviving Hostels | Top 5 Travel Tips Due to the fact I find hostels both, as very social places and a wealth of DIY information and resource for my solo journeys, I can often feel reliant upon them. But the downside is that whether I’m staying at a dorm or booking a
Every country has spots that feel like best kept secrets. Perhaps it’s fallen out of sight due to larger and more popular tourist sites, its countrymen have overlooked it or it’s just never called attention to itself. Today’s guest post comes from Julio Moreno, a travel blogger and Korea expat, who is obsessed with visiting and rating UNESCO sites. He’ll […]
Metcora is one of those top jaw-dropping sites I’m glad I visited. For me, it’s right up there with the first time my mouth went agape stepping foot off the plane into Ladakh or when I saw entered Hong Kong‘s night only to witness a endless paths of apartment light leading straight to the heavens . Jaw… drop…ping is the only […]
11 Greek Food Favorites: Watch the video for more food images! . When I first arrived in Greece, I didn’t know I might have difficulty eating as a vegetarian. The Greeks however, love their fish and cured and smoked meats, so as a vegetarian my options felt slim.
“I never wanted to go to Athens, I always thought it was a dirty city,” the Spanish girl said to me in the crowded airport shuttle, as we all introduced the last country we came from.
Travel Tips : How to Survive an Airport Layover Are you the type of person who likes layovers? I’m a freak because I actually do really dig them. That’s because I plan my layovers as an extended trip and I make it bearable for myself. I actually choose my
VIDEO | Top 5 Travel Tips for Surviving New York City | #NYC Travel Insider . As a busy metropolis, New York City revolves around three things: time, speed and efficiency. In fact, a lot of Manhattanites live by mental checklists and they often feel like there’s never enough time to do everything they want and
VIDEO| 40 Best Things to Do in New York City | NYC Insider Travel Guide Ready to book that trip to New York City? This quick New York City insider travel guide for sightseeing Manhattan will take you through Things to Do, Eat and Neighborhoods to check out. It
Today’s topic is a continuation from my video, Packing Tips for Carry On Luggage!
Packing Tips for Carry On Luggage. . If you watched my last video on Why I broke up with my Backpack over Carry On Luggage, this is part two.
A few months ago, a friend posted a video on my Facebook profile about how your luggage can be tampered with out you noticing. Insert ballpoint pen into zipper and run the rails to open. Then use the zipper to zip it close. Mortifying. Thieves are continually coming up with
From July 27- 31st, 2015, you can receive 35% off of a lifetime membership to Travel Blog Success. If you enroll in the video course with membership, you’ll get 10% off the combined cost. This is a yow savings! I occasionally get reader questions about how to start a blog. Starting “a blog” is one thing and can […]
20 Things to Do in Los Angeles (Video) Los Angeles. The entertainment capital of the world. Ready for it? People have asked me for advice on things to do, but the bucketlist of things to do in Los Angeles can feel endless. What to do? Well, it
Up until recently, I’ve not been very good at bringing the topic of food in my blog. I’m actually not a big foodie. (Audience gasp) Sorry, the truth is out. Blame it on the vegetarian part of me. Unless I’m in a cosmopolitan city, finding vegetarian options on the road are often a challenge. As a traveler with […]
If you’re vegetarian or vegan traveler, you probably know that it’s not always easy to eat your way around the world. You’d like to taste the colorful world of spices and flavors, but you have to be smart in navigating your way to find the right dishes for
My train reached Lao Cai at 6A. A bunch of people from different trekking groups, boarded my mini-van bus and we spent an hour getting to Sapa. The road was winding and the driving was a bit rough. At one point, one of the passengers was sick and need to get off the bus to take a rest. ..
. There are many reasons to travel. Food is obviously, one of them! When visiting a country, there’s always a handful of must try foods out there… dishes, which serve us the essence, flavor, aroma and
Almost 20 years ago, I lived in Los Angeles while going to college to study art. Back then, it was
If your dream is to travel and/or live abroad, then you’ve probably asked yourself the question: How can I make money to travel or live abroad? Travel is not a traditionally painted road of right and wrong resumes. There are many alternative ways to go and the road is as wide as your creativity. In this […]
What souvenirs should you buy on your trip to Korea? A while ago, I wrote a post on my top 5 favorite Korean souvenir gifts and they still hold true to today, with a few additions. Korea has a lot of cool things to buy. But sometimes it’s hard telling the difference between what’s “Korean” and […]
Bali has been a long time tourist getaway… a tropical island of natural beauty, gorgeous resorts, yoga retreats and easy-going beaches… a peaceful fling. Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love put Bali on the map as a solo gal’s romantic “finding
When we can’t find inspiration or motivation within ourselves and for our dreams, we look for them outside. Like a good horoscope or a bible of proverbs, inspirational quotes are guides and reminders that help align us to the path
Myanmar can be a hit or miss in meeting expectations. The fact it’s finally opened it’s doors to tourism is hype that has every backpacker running to it, without really knowing why. Untouched is the magnetic word. But the country is very touched, quickly
Surviving Japan. Is it possible to make it out of Japan with your wallet? As I mentioned in my Tokyo on a Budget post, it seems that travel costs are more related to personal travel style , how much you want to spend and where you want to splurge.
Are you a newbie to using squat toilets? Traveling a country, where there’s non-western toilets? Going hiking in the woods, where the toilet is the great wide open? Well, here’s a helpful aide for my squeamish squatters…
There’s a mystique around female solo travelers. We’re an anomaly and yet, our numbers are growing. Traveling alone, I meet all types of journeying women: from reluctant to experienced, to the newbie ready to cling to the first companion that reaches out. I’m no more or less brave than any of them.
So, I’ve promised some of you the inside tip on the best jjimjilbang in Seoul… After the disappointment of Seoul’s much hyped Dragon Hill Spa, I was reluctant to return for another night of overnight non-thrill on a hard wood floor. Fortunately, a friend offered me an alternative suggestion…
In Bangkok, all roads may not lead to Rome, but you’ll have many ways to get there.
One of my favorite things about Bangkok is its transportation. Skytrain, city bus, taxi, motorbike taxi, ferry boat,… each presents a unique way for getting around the city, while also presenting angles of Bangkok life.
If anyone thinks tromping through India will be like traveling any other country, think again. Here are some things I found useful on my trip. Here are 5 Travel Must-Haves for India:
At 6 AM. the morning fog was lifting off the lake. Devotional music poured joyously over the loudspeaker of a neighboring temple and echoed eerily, as fly-by birds bore life to the serene setting. Sitting in silence I felt the sun spreading it’s rays across my body with an exquisite orange and gold. I inhaled….OM.