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.
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. (more…)
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 travelers, but only now is it beginning to introduce itself to international travelers. Qinghai’ s travel highlights are impressive, magestic and at times, surreal.
Qinghai Travel Highlights through 32 Inspiring Photographs:
If you’ve not followed my journey on Facebook or my double Instagram accounts (@grrrltraveler, @grrrleatsworld), then this is your second chance to see my journey but in a single post! This post is the abridged version and travel highlights of my trip to Qinghai. It will show you some of the things to do in Qinghai.
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 […]
The Anatomy of an Indian Hotel: Broadway Hotel in Kolkata . As a traveler and travel blogger, I’ve always been a firm believer that what makes a city memorable, is its highlights, people, culture. One thing I never wanted to admit to myself was that a lot of it has to do with the hotel you […]
41 THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK (Part 2: DOWNTOWN #16-41) . Downtown Bangkok has cosmopolitan and urban flair with a traditional heart. The architectural design of the cityscape is a mixture of both, paint worn old and brilliantly modern.
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 of urban and historical variety.
Souvenir Shopping in India . . Souvenir shopping in India is inevitable for any traveler. India has so many wonderfully hand-crafted, intricate to ornate products and clothing at inexpensive prices. Self restraint in this type of condition is hard.
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.
Getting a SIM card in India | India Travel Tips . In the past I’ve struggled with SIM cards in India. They’ve always felt tricky to get and stay active, but maybe in retrospect, they weren’t. They simply took additional documents to apply for them and a little research and knowledge of how it all […]
. 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
Avoiding Taxi Scams in Bangkok (Click here if you can’t see the video) . What would you if your taxi driver were scamming you on your ride to the airport? I never liked taking taxis. I try every conceivable option to avoid taxis and especially airport ones. Not only are they one of the most expensive ways to […]
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
How do I love traveling alone? Let me count the ways… I was in Sarawak, Borneo, nearing the end of my third month of both, winging my travels through Southeast Asia and India and having extended my travel time. The fatigue of long-term travel, winging plans and budget crunching was starting to set in.
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 […]
Chiang Dao is a small town known for it’s huge limestone mountain and cave temple. If you ever wanted to escape Chiang Mai in search of nature and a small village, jungle feel, this is just 3 hours north. I went to Ban Tham (ban means “village”, tham means “cave”), a 15 minute drive to the village […]
Going deep into Chiang Dao Cave, Thailand .Have you ever thought of visiting caves on your travels? Chiang Dao Cave , otherwise known locally as Phra Non Cave, Wat Tum Chiang Dao is cavernous and is actually, a temple of sorts. You’ll find caverns upon caverns of large hanging stalactites
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 […]
Eating 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 but this time I wanted to try more. I went in […]
SUPERLICIOUS Christmas & Mega Malls in Bangkok | 群僑商業中心 . This is my first time spending the holidays away from my family and I’ve found spending the holidays alone and abroad isn’t so bad… especially if you’re spending some of it in Bangkok!
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 Got Sick Abroad : Ugh Days & Long-term Travel | Day #2 (Watch on YouTube) . Getting sick while traveling certainly sucks big time. But taking you along on the journey sure has helped some. This post is my ‘I got Sick’ in Thailand video update on my mysterious travel bug and uh, some interesting […]
Medical Tourism: 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. When I travel to Southeast Asia and Asia, I don’t often buy travel insurance (okay, well, technically, […]
Announcement & How I Afford Travel Blogger Burnout . As a travel blogger, it probably wouldn’t sound right if I say I’m tired of travel. But because travel blogging is my job, I’ve found it changes the way I see/experience travel. Knowing I have a responsibility to my blog followers,… to keep things interesting, keep content fresh, informational and exciting, sometimes, […]
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
15 Reasons to Travel Alone If you ask me, I think every man and woman should travel alone at least once in their life. Being a female solo travel blogger of over seven years, I attribute much of my confidence, life and personality
Things that Make or Break Travel Partners Recently I booked a last-minute flight to join girlfriends on a 10-day RV road trip to see some of America’s natural wonders. An epic trip. However, I ended up canceling that trip the day just before and
Summer Travel Essentials for Packing Light Being as its summer I couldn’t help but not do a video for it. Summer is the perfect time to pack light, as you can get away with wearing a lot less clothes! However, as light-weight as these outfits can be, if you choose your wardrobe is a smart way , […]
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 Korean jjimjilbangs and bath houses! The reason is that Koreans know how […]
Surviving the Overnight Turkish Bus & how to get lost So far I’ve heard that Turkish buses happen to be pretty luxurious. I’m not sure how true that is but tonight we’re going to take an overnight Turkish bus. I took two overnight buses in Turkey. What you’re watching in my video is my second […]
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 Flavors of Turkish Food Culture, Turkey. . This video is a compilation of what I experienced and learned about while traveling a short period in Turkey. This is by all means, not a cumulative list of Turkish cuisine. I recommend all travelers to explore Turkish cuisine on their own– Turkey has a fascinating Ottoman history […]
Road Trip Santorini : 15 Best Things to Do in Santorini (Video) . There’s a blessing in having roommates when you travel, even if you’re forced to share beds with them! While the situation around my hotel was wonky, I enjoyed the company of my new travel blog friends. Getting around can occasionally feel like […]
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 female urinary devices (aka female urinary diversion device (fudd) or “pee cup”).
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
Cappadocia : Cave Hotels, Turkish Baths, Göreme & Kelebek Hotel (Video) . On the surface, Cappadocia is known for its incredible and extreme landscape. But a large part of what makes that landscape especially unique is its region’s cultural history.
We flew from one stall to another. Our gastronomic Turkish guide, Ms Taciser would greet the vendors and instantly reach into the food to grab samples for us to try. The freedom to nibble without fear of being
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
A Guide to Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia (with Voyager Balloons) . These days, I feel like I’m starting to notice certain tourist activities, spreading like wildfire across the board t0 various countries, like ATV rides or shark diving cages. One of
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 […]
How to Choose your Airport Layovers | Video . If you’ve watched my video on How to Survive an Airport Layover, then this video post will complement the information on it. A lot of travelers hate airport layovers.
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 […]
The sharp karst rocks jut sharply into the sky, reaching for the heavens. It was if Halong Bay had grown soil and vegetation in the place of water. Some rocks held tiny monasteries perched at the isolating tip. Unfathomable. It was
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.
Before I left for Greece, I researched what island stops were on my route to Santorini. I wanted to know whether I might want to island hop and how feasible it was to do so on one ferry ticket? That answer must’ve
As the birthplace of Chinese and martial arts cinema, with cloud-scraping apartment rises and specialty streets selling rare and prosperous herbal concoctions, Hong Kong city is a city unlike like any other. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there’s one thing I missed in my last visit there… Chungking Mansion. Instead, I’m going to let fellow travel blogger, Heather Sinclair, enlighten […]
Sometimes, knowing yourself and stubbornly sticking to your principles pays off. Sometimes, it doesn’t, but everything in life is a gamble. And yet, some gambles feel bigger and riskier than others , especially when what’s on that table is your life. Should I ? Shouldn’t I? What happens if I don’t? What happens if I do? Is […]
Top 5 Travel Tips for Surviving 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 | My Top 5 Favorite Travel Apps . Do your mobile travel apps give you confidence as a traveler? Invariably, I have a lot of different travel apps on my phone. Each has it’s own time and place, but only a few I rely on.
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
Do you love Instagram? So do I. Are you following my Instagram account? Recently, Instagram has become my playground. It’s short-form storytelling, where I can jot thoughtful scribbles and highlight doodles into
Watch my video : Attending my first TBEX conference in Athens, Greece! | Vlog #2 (Cant see it, click here) . Want to know why I fled to Europe at the last-minute or a month? Recently, I attended the travel blogging conference, TBEX Europe (aka Travel Bloggers Exchange) in Athens Greece. I met and mingled with fellow travel
I’m actually not a big foodie, but New York is one of those cities that cracks my foodie code! Being that the Big Apple is an international city there is something for every diet, and as a global melting pot adopted by immigrant
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
Fear can be a bitch. Yeah I said it. I said the “B” word, because I mean it. Although I’ve been a solo traveler for over six years now, you might be surprised to know I still have moments where I’m afraid to take the plunge and buy a single ticket. Yeah, you heard me correct. […]
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
Is Solo Travel Lonely? If you follow me on YouTube, then you probably saw these video tips when when I posted it. If not, then keep reading… As I’ve said before, solo travel is not lonely nor doesn’t have to be. However, there’s going to be times when loneliness on the road feels unavoidable. Loneliness can […]
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. ..
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
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 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.
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.