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 (more…)
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 spontaneous travelers, most know that it’s also important to cultivate safety, too. The following guest post comes from Abby Woody, a traveler and a fellow expat, I met during a templestay in Korea. (more…)
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. To a degree, I like to (more…)
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 myself a ticket travel by myself. Yeah, you heard me correct. As macho and gung-ho as I as (more…)
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.
Video |Runyon Canyon: L.A.’s hottest hipster hike is just so cool. How hot do you have to be, in order to be cool in Los Angeles? Runyon Canyon is L.A.’s hottest hike that’s just tres cool and I’ll show you why! (Watch the video)
Venice Beach boardwalk has got it all. You’ll see anything and everything here. Anything goes. If there’s one beach that has that complete L.A. | Hollywood vibe, Venice Beach is gonna be it!
From now until October 3rd you can receive 25% off a lifetime membership toTravel Blog Success using the discount code: TBS25. Original cost is $347; so this is a big savings! I occasionally get questions about how to start a blog. Starting “a blog” is one thing and can be as easy as simply opening a WordPress or Blogger account […]
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 […]
If you know me by know, you know travel stirs in me, a strange preoccupation for toilets… Suwon city is known for having some of Korea’s ancient and historical sites, but did you know that it also has a reputation for having some of the cleanest toilets in Korea? Who knew?
If you’ve read my last post on tips to make friends when you travel alone, this is the second part of the post and video. Each time I plan a new trip, I experience a slight hesitation. The old demons revive in my head and echo– What if you start feeling lonely? What if something happens and there’s […]
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. ..
Los Angeles. I looked out at the smog-clouded city and its diorama of street grids, freeways and moving car ants. Giant Hollywood film billboards dot buildings as a reminder of an urban succubus, wooing millions of young, aspiring artists to live out
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
Ubud. It’s got a laid back yoga-hippie sway, international and vegetarian restaurants up the wazzoo and even a Starbucks! Ubud (pronounced Oo-bud) doesn’t really feel Balinese at times, but a fusion of Balinese culture and yogic expat living.
There’s a travel MacGyver in every one of us. Often, it emerges during times, when the adventure and unpredictability of travel, serves up a dose of “the unexpected”. As
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 […]
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
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
Travel Myanmar: 7 Reasons why you should visit Yangon now You can tell a lot about a country by their differences from your own. Welcome to Yangon! As the capital of Myanmar, Yangon city it’s the largest city with the wealthiest population of over 5 million people. But it’s quickly growing and
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.
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.
Falling asleep last night, to the sound of nature’s bugs and crickets felt relaxing. Nature noisy, but completely devoid of urban sounds. My rest was good, the bed was comfy and I was out the moment my head hit the pillow. Next morning we all gathered for breakfast– it came as a generous mound of pancakes, bananas and fruit! By 10:30AM, a new wave of Hmong were perched, sewing, waiting at their stakeout of the …
These days I’ve been spending more time on Instagram for relaxation. Are you following me? As a travel blogger feeding a blog and a YouTube channel, I juggle a lot and frankly, there are times when it