Each year, the Yi Peng and Loy Krathong festivals in Chiang Mai are major events coinciding at the same time and drawing tourist crowds across the globe. For years, it’s been on my travel bucket list as two of the top festivals in Thailand to experience. Due to the fact that I seldom travel during peak travel seasons, I didn’t think I’d ever get to experience them.
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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 sometimes, when travel blogging is your job, it changes the way you see/experience travel.
Knowing you have a responsibility to your blog and followers, you might find you’re only partially traveling for yourself. This is okay, I guess, when you can afford travel. But if you’re barely (more…)
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
Polyglot: My Plights with Multilingualism . I love learning languages, but is there a problem with learning too many languages? Here’s some of my issues with them…
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. You can get away with using a lot less in clothes! Below is a summary of the above video.
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
. Knowing the important alphabets can be integral in understanding beauty terms in Korea. In fact, for some reason, many physical profiles reduced to an alphabet code. There’s “S-lines, V-lines, B-lines, M-lines, X-lines, D-lines, O-lines, etc…”.
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 […]
My Vlogging Cameras video: http://bit.ly/vlogging-cameras Today I’m going to reveal my three vlogging (and blogging) cameras that I use to create my Youtube videos and my blog.
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”).
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
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 […]
Real World Santorini : The blog house . Can a honeymoon in Santorini exist for solo travelers? Due to the fact I’m both, blogging and YouTubing, the responsibilities of “traveling as a travel
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.
“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.
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
Today’s topic is a continuation from my video, Packing Tips for Carry On Luggage!
Packing Tips for Carry On Luggage. . Today’s topic is 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.
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. ..
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
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.
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…
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.