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 … Continue reading →
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.
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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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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. As macho and … Continue reading →
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! … Continue reading →
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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 … Continue reading →
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?
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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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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. … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
There will always be places that get under your skin. Places that you'll remember and feel like some day you'd like to return. Sapa Valley is one of those places for me.
Sapa is a lovely hill station town in Northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. The region as also known as "the … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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. … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
Types of Transportation in Myanmar / Burma
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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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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. … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
VIDEO: How to Get a 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.
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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. … Continue reading →
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? Here's a helpful aide for squeamish squatters...
It's called a Female Urinary Device or F.U.D. It was my first toilet aid, … Continue reading →
You are very brave. I could never do what you do-- traveling on your own...
[ HAhhh, here we go again… ]
How do you do it?
[ Well, you think this is a vacation? ]
No, I need to go with my husband. He always arranges and schedules things. I wouldn't know what to do if I had to … Continue reading →
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 be an interesting adventure. Check your expectations at the door and go along with the fun.
Laotian transportation can be easy, if you're … Continue reading →
Reflecting on my recent 3 month trip to India, you might want to know what items were my travel gems and saviors. There certainly were things I thanked the heavens for either, having brought on my trip or having found in Indian stores, as they either made life easier or gave me much peace of … Continue reading →
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 its rays across my body with an exquisite orange and … Continue reading →
Entering the village of Ta'van, you begin to see more white faces. Ta'van is known for it's wealth of homestays which populate the village. The homestays are community run and helps the village to sustain a livelihood.
A trekking Sapa homestay in Ta'van Village
The village is home to … Continue reading →