“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 (more…)
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 you to that mysterious zone of Hong Kong city, which is a love-hate experience for travelers.
Chungking Mansion has a reputation for sleazy back-room deals and sordid deeds (reinforced by the movie Chungking Express). Whether today’s Chungking deserves this reputation or not, the price of its guesthouses and location in Kowloon (more…)
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 this the key to my future? Is this opportunity my last?… (more…)
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 (more…)
Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar | Yangon Travel Guide There’s an art to “getting lost”… successfully. “Lost” can mean stranded or it can mean discovery. It all depends on perspective and how you use it. Just like in life, I like to create opportunities when I travel. When things go wrong or veer off-center, I […]
When you first arrive into a country and you don’t know what to eat, sometimes, it’s easier to start with street and bakery foods. At least, that’s the way I approach it until I get a better idea of what the country’s food entails. That’s my toe-dipping
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.
Eating Hand-Pulled Noodles in Chinatown | Street Eats #NYC | Spicy Village Review . Today I’m in downtown Chinatown for lunch and we’re going to eat hand pulled noodles.
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
I’m always looking for a different way to see a place, especially if I’ve seen it a lot. Having lived in Manhattan and worked in the entertainment industry, there were obviously places I’d not seen and things I’d not done. But
10 Things to Do at Coney Island | Brooklyn NYC Travel Insider (Watch here) What are the first things that pop to mind when you think of “Americana”? Apple pie, rock-n-roll, Kentuck Fried Chicken, Marilyn Monroe, bubble gum…?
I’ve been spending more time on Instagram for relaxation. Are you following my Instagram account? So if you’re on Instagram, vote on which of my Instagram photos inspire you the most.
Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions ( every Traveler needs to follow) Click here if you’re not seeing this video. Each year I go through a ritual of making my new year’s resolutions. I seriously get jazzed about making them. But magically, this year, … I didn’t make any.
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
VIDEO| Breakfast Trucks in New York City | NYC Attractions . Some cultures build their day around their breakfasts. Not New Yorkers. One thing you’re gonna want to do if you visit New York City, is to get a morning coffee, bagel, or both, at one of the breakfast trucks! Breakfast
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
Why I broke up with my backpack over a carry on (VIDEO) These days I find I’ve downsized my backpacker’s backpack and suitcase luggage to a carryon sized luggage. Oh, I still love my backpacker’s backpack and I’d recommend it to anyone who were going backpacking. It served me well when I was backpacking for seven […]
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
VIDEO | My Travel Channel Host Audition | Vlog #1 .Recently, I was flown to New York for a Travel Channel Travel Host screen test.
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
Expats love to travel. Make no bones about that. It’s as if living abroad opens their senses to endless opportunities for travel. Catching a flight to a neighboring country during the holidays or whirling away to explore a part of the country on the weekend… there is always an excuse to travel. But as much as expats are fun-loving and […]
How scary is the unknown to you? Not having a schedule, not having a firm grasp of where you might be staying, not having a set itinerary?… Welcome to my life. While I’m not a steadfast planner, I much like structure. I like knowing where I’m going, where I’m staying and what I’ll be doing. […]
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. […]
How far would you go to have a game changing life experience? This is my reflection of the month and maybe you can help me answer this one.
From Friday, Nov 28, 2014 (EST) to Monday, Dec 1, 2014 (EST) you can receive 25%, no 35% off a lifetime membership toTravel Blog Success. Original cost is $347, so you’re getting it at a discounted rate of $225.55. This is a yow savings! I occasionally get questions about how to start a blog. Starting “a blog” is one thing and can be as […]
Clean water. It’s something you take for granted if your country offers it up freely. Just turn on the spigot of your faucet and bam. Insta-water. But travel to a country which doesn’t have the luxury of clean water and it will change your way of thinking. Ironically, I love traveling to countries with bad drinking water. When I was doing my month-long […]
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
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 […]
Almost 20 years ago, I lived in Los Angeles while going to college to study art. Back then, it was
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
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
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.
Getting Around Tokyo on the cheap and easy | Buy the Budget Tokyo Guide here 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 […]
In my last post about survival trips, I told you the things I did well. But obviously, everything wasn’t smooth-sailing. If you’re pulling a last minute trip with multiple desitinations, you’re bound to have flaws… big ones. So while I aced most of my trip, there are a couple of things that I failed big […]
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.
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.