Los Angeles. I looked out at the smog-clouded city and its diorama of street grids, freeways and moving car ants. Giant Hollywood film billboards dot buildings as a reminder of an urban succubus, wooing millions of young, aspiring artists to live out (more…)
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 (more…)
Los Angeles is a city that has a little bit of something for everyone.
Filled with a milieu of artistic expression, it can also display a bit of quirkiness. It’s like a huge garage sale, where you can wander and rummage and find some of the most eclectic and unusual jewels that others might consider throw-aways. Funky, weird, kitsch, unusual. If you want (more…)
There are many types of getaways, which grant us escape. Escape from the city… escape into the city… escape from stress, other (more…)
Reasons why solo travel will give you a better social life. (Watch this video!)
I wouldn’t call myself “outgoing” or “the life of a party”.
As personable as I might have seemed to others growing up, there was always an intrinsically quiet and shy person inside, who longed to be a social butterfly, but felt like a failure at it. Always awkward at parties, my inability to connect with small talk chit-chat, weather, politics, business, verbal jousting (all totally not my thing)… all enhanced my (more…)
Almost 20 years ago, I lived in Los Angeles while going to college to study art. Back then, it was
Buddhist monks are a prominent part of Southeast Asia culture. You can’t go very far without seeing an orange, yellow or red
Travel Tips: How to use a squat toilet (Video) How good are your squatting legs? While the western throne is becoming more widespread, the Asian squatter still
Ubud. It’s got a laid back yoga-hippie sway, international and vegetarian restaurants up the wazzoo and even a Starbucks! Ubud (pronounced Oo-bud) doesn’t really feel Balinese at times, but a fusion of Balinese culture and yogic expat living.
There’s a travel MacGyver in every one of us. Often, it emerges during times, when the adventure and unpredictability of travel, serves up a dose of “the unexpected”. As
If you can’t decide whether you love the beach, mountains, or countryside, etc… Bali serves up a photogenic feast for you to explore. From natural beauty to cultural traditions and spiritual sights, it will capture you with breath-taking and exotic sights. You’ve never seen
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 […]
When I was in my twenties and thirties, I exercised faithfully as if it were my religion. If I skipped just one day, I was certain my body would go to “fat hell.” Focused. Driven. I was a slave, obsessed with repenting the sins of fat. And yet, a part of me enjoyed this sadomasochism. As a […]
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 […]
When I stepped outside the Suwon Station, my eyes grew wide, astonished. Suwon was a sprawling mecca of buses going here, there and everywhere! It was a much larger city than I thought and it presented quite an itinerary for
Would you take a funky car service with a pink moustache over an expensively boring yellow cab? If so, this next tip might be for you. If you’re traveling through the U.S, you know that it’s not always easy to get around most cities without a car. On my
Types of Transportation in Myanmar / Burma If you’re not seeing this video, click here. Many travelers want to know how to get around in Myanmar? For a female solo traveler without a guidebook or a hard-set plan, getting aroundMyanmar didn’t feel difficult… at all. Using the
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
Will the seats be cramped? Is there a toilet on the bus? What if I get sick? Is it safe? A lot of solo travelers, let alone travelers in general, experience reluctance towards the idea of taking a night or sleeper bus.
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
VIDEO: How to Deal with Travel Scams . Are you prone to travel scams? How do you avoid scam artists? How can you deal with travel scams if you ever get into them? These are thoughts, which continually makes us question our safety as travelers and solo travelers. In some cases, questions like these can paralyze
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 individual travel style , how much you want to spend and where you want to splurge.
I’ve long been waiting to visit Japan. But I kept holding myself back. Why? Everyone I’ve spoken to came back to report one thing, “Japan is expensive.” How expensive? One brave friend recommended a budget of $100/day in Tokyo! Someone else termed it wallet rape.
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.
Travel friends have been curious how I budgeted for my several months on the road and how much I spent on India and Southeast Asia. Okay, let’s start with the general topic of budgeting.
When I started out, the idea that I’d be traveling long-term didn’t click in. I actually thought I’d be on the road for a much shorter period. So, I got a crash course.
When I took the overnight train into Laos, that was the start of my adventure with Laos transportation. Getting around in Laos isn’t hard but it can occasionally be interesting. Check your expectations at the door and go along with the fun.
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.
Falling asleep last night, to the sound of nature’s bugs and crickets felt relaxing. Nature noisy, but completely devoid of urban sounds. My rest was good, the bed was comfy and I was out the moment my head hit the pillow. Next morning we all gathered for breakfast– it came as a generous mound of pancakes, bananas and fruit! By 10:30AM, a new wave of Hmong were perched, sewing, waiting at their stakeout of the …
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. ..
Located on the outskirts of Pai (Thailand) is Suntichon Village, also referred to as the Chinese Village. The village is a small cultural site… Video is of the ferris wheel.
My first camel riding adventure did not take place in Morocco, Egypt or Mongolia… it took place last year in India! Deep in the Rajasthan region where the environment is arid and hot, you can see these Quasimodo animals as native to the region as cows pulling wagons.