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 (more…)
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.
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 for my readers and viewers. Don’t get me (more…)
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 cost me my entire travel budget, but significantly less. (more…)
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… […]
Kuching Flavors / Sarawak Cooking with Bumbu Cooking Class . As a vegetarian I was having a rough go in Sarawak. I know… I’m sad. I was even starting to feel pathetic. Entering a new place, I don’t always research food until I get there. Why? No time. I always expect to swim by somehow- […]
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 […]
Things you never knew about me but asked | Travel version 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.
. Taiwan is very much a foodie capital to explore if you love food and travel! Oh yes, it is. So of course, I wanted to take a food tour to see and experience the country through its food. Enter Taipei Eats food tour. As the leading food tour in Taipei, Taipei Eats takes you through neighborhoods and highlight […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
Road Trip Santorini : 15 Best Things to Do in Santorini (Video) . 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 […]
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
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.
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 […]
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 | 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!
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.