Is travel blogging my unhealthy addiction?

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The Dangers of Blogging:  Is Travel Blogging my Unhealthy Addiction?


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 dancer and a collegiate volleyball player (only one year),  this intense physicality gave me an endorphin high… A (more…)

Teaching in Korea: EPIK vs a hagwon, which is better?

 

Teaching overseas takes courage. It’s not easy to take a blind leap to teach in a country you know little about, without out knowing factors of how or where you’ll live or what the work environment will be like.  With any country and no matter how good something sounds on (more…)

A Guide to Cool “Korean” Things to Buy in Korea

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A Guide to Cool “Korean” Things to Buy in Korea

 

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 what’s just “Asian”. This (more…)

What to do in Suwon in 48 hours

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What to do in Suwon in 48 hours: Paldalmun gate

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 (more…)

Review: Say Goodbye to Oops with the Towel Topper

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Review: Towel Topper

 

How many times to do you feel nervous about walking around and doing things, when you’re only dressed in your towel?  What freaks me out is the thought that at any moment, that towel I’ve tucked in could unexpectedly fall, (more…)

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Ride sharing: Should you take a Lyft over a taxi ?

  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

March 25, 2014 2
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Top 5 Budget Places in China

  I’d like to dedicate my first guest post to all of you, who are budget planning that exotic trip to China and would love some insider tips on where to start. Agness Walewinder both, lives and teaches in China and will be your local budget travel insider, showing you what could be your next […]

March 16, 2014 4
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How to Successfully Avoid taking Airport Taxis

How to Successfully Avoid taking Airport Taxis  (If you can’t see this video, click here) After my video tips about taking the bus, some of you asked what transportation alternatives there were to avoid airport taxis.

March 10, 2014 10
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Would you buy Bali’s most expensive drinkable poop?

Civet Coffee: Would you buy Bali’s most expensive drinkable poop? When I think of coffee, Indonesia doesn’t generally come to mind. Images of surfing,  temples, beaches, rice fields and forests all surface… but not coffee.  Not until now, as  I’ve just learned that Indonesia has the stamp on one of the

March 3, 2014 14
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How you get around in Myanmar / Burma … Oh 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

February 24, 2014 2
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The Secret to Unblocking Language Barriers

Do you need to learn the language of the country before moving there? Sometimes I find myself making more excuses not to do something, than to do it. It’s all unconscious, of course… worry, self-doubt, fear and/or anxiety. I usually start with “WHAT IF” and end with either, “…I’m not enough” or “…I can’t.”

February 19, 2014 7
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18 Things to Know Before you Go to Bali

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

February 12, 2014 13
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13 Awesome Quotes that Inspire you to Travel

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

February 10, 2014 7
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What’s the best country for you to live in?

Moving abroad : Deciding what’s the best country for you to live in? The travel Q & A  topic today is:  ” Exchange Programs: How to decide where to live abroad?” I got an interesting letter from 15 year old Caprice, who lives in Australia. She has a huge decision to make about what country she should […]

February 3, 2014 0
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16 Tips for Traveling Alone by Night Bus

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.  

January 26, 2014 17
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Was I taken for a ride in Bagan?

It was 3 am (yes, in the morning) and I wasn’t quite feeling the humor of the situation I was in, being jostled in the back of my “taxi”. My head bobbled between fatigue and silent petrification,  as I bounced  along deserted streets, in the back of a wagon.  What was I thinking? Why did […]

January 13, 2014 24
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My 13 Hottest Solo Travel Highlights of 2013

. 2013 was a hot year, literally and figuratively. It’s like the whole year I was sweating. Not only did I travel during summer’s peak heat, but it goes without saying that  2013 was a rough year for me.  Humbling, cruel, grueling…  It was as if hell turned up the thermostat for my roast and […]

January 3, 2014 16
Top 10 Travel Gadgets for 2014: GoPro Hero 3+, gifts for travelers
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Top 10 Travel Gadgets for 2014

  What cool gifts can you get a GRRRL (or guy) traveler for the holidays?  Well, looking into 2014, I have three big predictions, which determined the GRRRL’s  top 10 travel gadgets for 2014!

December 16, 2013 5
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19 Things to know before you go to Myanmar

  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

December 12, 2013 24
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What happens when you feel like quitting?

I’ll cut straight to the point. I felt like quitting. I felt like quitting this blog… and many other things about my life.

December 9, 2013 24
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How to Catch a Bus in a Foreign Country

Solo Travel Tips: How to Catch a Bus in a Foreign Country | Myanmar   I love traveling by local bus when I visit a country.! So far I’ve traveled by bus through almost all the countries I’ve visited in the past four years. It gives me a chance to see and experience a city’s […]

November 29, 2013 7
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VIDEO: How to Deal with Travel Scams (Travel Q & A)

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

November 7, 2013 8
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How to Get your Myanmar Visa in Bangkok

VIDEO: How to Get your Myanmar Visa in Bangkok   There was nothing so easy as applying for a same day Myanmar visa in Bangkok. Okay, well maybe some things, like paying an agency to do it for you.

October 31, 2013 10
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The Clever Travel Companion Review and Giveaway!

Watch Clever Travel Companion review, so you know what I’m giving away!   I’m super excited. You know why? This is where I finally get to offer you readers and viewers more than just eye-service. I’m having my first GRRRLTRAVELER giveaway! Woopta!

October 23, 2013 27
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VIDEO: 8 Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

VIDEO: 8 Safety Tips for Solo Travelers (Travel Survival Tip #5) by Christine Kaaloa This is the second part of my Travel Q & A to the two-part question asked by a YouTube viewer : What are some safety tips that I’d recommend for solo travelers? In the last video post, I spoke about a […]

September 4, 2013 11
Budget Travel in Japan Demystified
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Surviving Japan: Budget Travel in Japan Demystified

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.

September 3, 2013 7
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Solo Travel: Finding your Travel G-spots

Uh oh ohhh… Here it comes. The feeling of power ripped through me as a surge of exhilaration. The boat was bouncing, skimming off the waters, but that wasn’t it. Ohhhh…Wow! I wanted to scream. The feeling was overwhelming. But maybe screaming was too much. I didn’t want people to hear. I didn’t

August 7, 2013 11
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Getting Around Tokyo on $30/day!

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.

July 24, 2013 15
5 fashion items to trim your travel wardrobe
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5 Ways to Trim your Travel Wardrobe

Traveling to multiple countries? Changing climates? Looking for ways to put your luggage on a diet? I’m a big fan of packing light and smart. Versatile and convertible fashion accessories can go a long way, when you’re on the road and the constant go.

February 14, 2013 17
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Top 5 souvenirs to bring back from Korea

On my recent trip to Korea (and incidentally, my mother’s return from her Korean drama tour), the subject of souvenir gifts weighed as a topic on my mind… Why? Because I’ve gotta bring back souvenirs for family and friends! But oi… what to get? If you’re visiting Korea and shopping for holiday stocking stuffers or […]

December 28, 2012 21
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Why I won’t hang up my travel shoes.

A few months at most… I’ll go back home just long enough to find another job to get me back to Korea.” That’s what I told myself. Returning to the U.S. was the furthest thing from my plan.

My Hindu astrologer in Dharamsala quoted a year. I had difficulty believing him. A year later,… the stars were right.

December 22, 2012 23
14 ways to spend nights alone as a solo traveler
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14 Ways to Enjoy Nights Alone as a Solo Traveler

I’ll admit, there are times being a solo traveler at night can feel like… well, a single gal alone on a Friday night!

All the world is aglow with friends and drunken laughter. Meanwhile, you’re either standing outside in the cold envying the social fun indoors or in your guesthouse painting your toenails the color of ‘wishful thinking’! Times like this, it’s hard not to occasionally feel… lame.

Well, nuh-uh. It doesn’t have to be this way.

July 12, 2012 45
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Is being a female solo traveler easy? …Not!

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.

May 14, 2012 68
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Art of Hobo-ing: How to Budget for long-term travel

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.

February 13, 2012 24
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My narrow escape from Bangkok’s Ping-pong sex show scams

200 baht, 200 baht! I give you deal. Buy one drink and you see all the acts! You not get this kind price from anyone else.
The skinny Thai man quoted, whipping out a standard laminated menu: 1. Pussy shoots ping pong,…

December 9, 2011 54
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Long-term solo travel and three mistakes I wish I avoided

Long-term solo travel. I wouldn’t call it easy. Being homeless and living on the road is hard work!

By my sixth month, my travel enthusiasm began fluctuating. I was still thrilled by the unending travel adventure I was living; but also, starting to feel run down from shouldering the constant responsibility of it.

November 16, 2011 75
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5 Travel Must-Haves for India

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:

July 23, 2011 9
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Eat, Pray, Love… 10 Things to Know about Staying at an Indian ashram?

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.

June 2, 2011 24
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10 Cool Things to Do in Seoul

For a weekend traveler living in Korea, Seoul makes my blood race. Sometimes there’s an ongoing list of things of events taking place or sometimes, I just have to create my own ways of having fun.

March 9, 2011 23
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10 shocking facts about Korean schools

10 Things you didn’t know about Korean Public Schools – some of them will surprise you!

March 21, 2010 36
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How to Plan your First Solo Trip

How I planned my Trip Route for my First Solo Adventure

November 2, 2009 0
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