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 … Continue reading →
A Guide to Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia (with Voyager Balloons)
These days, I feel like I'm starting to notice certain tourist activities, spreading like wildfire across the board t0 various countries, like ATV rides or shark diving cages. One of … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
How to Choose your Airport Layovers | Video
If you've watched my video on How to Survive an Airport Layover, then this video post will complement the information on it.
A lot of travelers hate airport layovers. … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
Real World Santorini : The blog house
Can a honeymoon in Santorini exist for solo travelers?
Due to the fact I'm both, blogging and YouTubing, the responsibilities of "traveling as a travel … Continue reading →
The sharp karst rocks jut sharply into the sky, reaching for the heavens. It was if Halong Bay had grown soil and vegetation in the place of water. Some rocks held tiny monasteries perched at the isolating tip. Unfathomable. It was … Continue reading →
When I searched Meteora for accommodations there seemed to be a wealth of guesthouses, hotels and camping grounds (yes, camping grounds!). After coming from a snazzy shared AirBnB apartment and a funky youth hostel … Continue reading →
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.
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"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.
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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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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. … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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...?
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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.
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Top 5 New Year's Resolutions ( every Traveler needs to follow)
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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.
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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 … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 a social … 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 … Continue reading →
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 →
Getting Around Tokyo on the cheap and easy | Buy the Budget Tokyo Guide hereI'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 … Continue reading →
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 … 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 →