21 Ways to Outsmart Pickpockets and Thieves

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18 Ways to Outsmart a Thief

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…)

Cultivating Safe Spontaneity when Traveling

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Cultivating Safe Spontaneous Travel

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…)

Travel Updates: My Big Fat Greek Trip (plus a few hitchhiking countries)

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Travel Updates: My Big Fat Greek Trip. GRRRLTRAVELER  in Santorini

 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…)

Are you afraid to travel alone?

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Are you afraid to travel alone?

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…)

Game Changers: Changing your life through travel

Be different, Dare to be different

Embrace the possibilities! Imagine. Play. Giggle. Hug your dark side. Be your creativity. 

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.

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Video |Runyon Canyon: L.A.’s hottest hipster hike is just so cool.

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)

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World’s Best Boardwalks: From Venice Beach, with Love (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!

October 6, 2014 2
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Travel Blog Success: How to Grow a Successful Blog

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 […]

October 1, 2014 4
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SteriPEN Freedom Solar Bundle Review & #Giveaway

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 […]

September 29, 2014 10
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Video: Visiting the Mr.Toilet Museum in Suwon Korea

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?

September 24, 2014 1
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Solo Travel: How to Make Friends when you Travel Alone (Part 2)

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 […]

September 22, 2014 4
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20 Things You’re Gonna Want to Do in Los Angeles | Video

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

September 18, 2014 1
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How to Make Friends when you Travel Alone (Part I)

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 […]

September 15, 2014 11
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15 Tips for Vegetarian Travelers

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 […]

September 10, 2014 3
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14 Must Try Vegetarian Dishes around the World

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

September 1, 2014 28
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18 Things to Know about Sapa Before you Go | Vietnam

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. ..

August 1, 2014 18
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Travel and falling off your life wagon at 40

 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

July 29, 2014 24
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27 Must Try Foods from Around the World

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

July 21, 2014 62
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How solo travel will boost your social life

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 […]

July 2, 2014 21
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23 Things to Know before you go to Los Angeles

Almost 20 years ago, I lived in Los Angeles while going to college to study art.  Back then, it was

June 26, 2014 23
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Toilet Guide: How to Use a Squat Toilet (VIDEO)

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

June 17, 2014 9
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Bali Travel Tips: A Guide to Eat, See, Love Ubud

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.

June 11, 2014 6
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Travel Hacking Tips: 13 Travel Bloggers reveal their MacGyver tricks

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

June 2, 2014 29
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How to Make Money Traveling & Living Abroad : Being Location Independent to Volunteering (Part II)

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 […]

April 30, 2014 5
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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 […]

April 9, 2014 14
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9 fun ways to get around Myanmar

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 4
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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 17
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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 8
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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 20
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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 35
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VIDEO: Reasons you should visit Yangon now… Prepare to be shocked.

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

November 22, 2013 9
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Budget Travel Tips for Japan

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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If you’re a woman, would you pee standing up?

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…

January 17, 2013 33
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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 71
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A Guide to Transportation in Laos

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.

October 21, 2011 14
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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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Trekking Tips & Sapa Homestay on the mud trail (Tavan Village: Day 3)

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 …

September 8, 2010 4
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Instagram Roundup: September

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

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