Six Quirky Things You’ll Find in Vietnam

Six Quirky Things You’ll Find in Vietnam

Vietnam is a country of randomness. From the lady who lives outside the front door of your apartment chopping up snake penis on her make-do food stand at 5 in the morning waking you up every day, to the guy who bumps into you with a hundred chickens tied to his motorbike, to the lady squatting in front of the Bia Hoi scowling at you while simultaneously picking her nose, no matter what your experience coming here is, whether good…

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Five Crazy Things I Did While Traveling Solo in India

Five Crazy Things I Did While Traveling Solo in India

They tried telling me it was a bad idea, that I was foolish and I was taking a huge risk traveling to India alone as a solo girl. That I was probably going to get mugged, raped, or even murdered. But the more and more criticism I got for wanting to go to India, the more enticing it all seemed, and I became drawn to India like a moth to a flame. India is a profoundly striated society, where you…

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Seven Things I Like About Living in Vietnam

Seven Things I Like About Living in Vietnam

Living in Vietnam has changed my life forever, for better or for worse. It’s made me laugh, cry, and nearly pull my hair out all in the same day. But ultimately, it’s helped me appreciate a completely new and different culture on the totally opposite side of the world. Now that I’ve actually had the experience of teaching in Vietnam’s schools and have integrated more in the culture, I’ve realized all the little things I missed the last time I…

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Four Things I Dislike About Living in Vietnam

Four Things I Dislike About Living in Vietnam

Living in Vietnam has changed my entire perspective on life. It’s made me laugh, cry, and nearly pull my hair out at times. But ultimately, it’s helped me appreciate all the wonderful things I have, and what a privilege it was to be able to grow up and be educated in a developed, Western nation. Living somewhere versus visiting is ALWAYS different, no matter which place in the world you decide to go. Living here has made me see some…

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Thinking of Moving to Vietnam? What Soon to Be Expats Should Know

Thinking of Moving to Vietnam? What Soon to Be Expats Should Know

 Vietnam is one of the top destinations for expats in the world. There’s so many reasons to move to Vietnam, including the extremely low cost of living, beautiful weather all year round, high salaries for ESL teachers, a booming infrastructure, and its proximity to some of the top tourist destinations in the world. Vietnam is a culturally rich country that hasn’t yet lost all its culture to commercialism. It’s untouched beauty continues to inspire travelers to come back. So, you went…

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9 Tips On How to Save Money When You Travel

9 Tips On How to Save Money When You Travel

It’s easy to just show up somewhere when you’re backpacking and have no idea much money you’ll be spending, especially when you travel to less expensive destinations, like Thailand. It’s so important to be able to stay within your budget while still being able to have a great time!     Travel During the Low Season   When you travel during the low season, you’ll not only have to deal with less tourists, but accommodation will be much more available and…

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Teaching English in Vietnam: Everything You Need to Know

Teaching English in Vietnam: Everything You Need to Know

So you’ve thought about coming to Asia to teach English, but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you have some friends who’ve taught in Korea or Japan and said they loved it and would go back in a heartbeat.  Vietnam is one of the lesser known teaching destinations with a plethor of available teaching opportunities. Where to begin? Vietnam is a cultural explosion of random yet organized chaos, and teaching here is no different.       At first…

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A Backpacker’s Guide to Paris

A Backpacker’s Guide to Paris

Ahhh Paris, j’adore…my dream city ever since I can remember. I had some mixed feelings about coming to Paris, since it was somewhere I’d always dreamed of going, and I wondered if it would feel much different traveling here than if I hadn’t already backpacked around remote parts of the exciting developing worlds of India, Nepal, and SE Asia. I wasn’t going to let any past travel experiences get in the way of me having a new and wonderful experience, so I…

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Tips For Trekking Solo in Nepal During the Monsoon Season

Tips For Trekking Solo in Nepal During the Monsoon Season

The ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) trek is one of the most strikingly beautiful treks on earth. The most popular times of year for this trek is the September to November months. Trekking ABC during the monsoon season is a challenge for anyone, no matter how fit they are. The relentless afternoon rains make the stone paths slippery and dangerous, and can really slow you down. On the trek you’ll get to see so many diverse landscapes, ranging from lush jungles to…

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How to Spend A Week Day in London

How to Spend A Week Day in London

If you’re like me and new to England, and one of the many who live outside London, it can sometimes be a hastle getting back before it’s too late and the trains are no longer running and you end up stuck. I recommend taking the bus, preferably National Express since you can get a discount card if you’re 26 or younger, and it will cost you way less than taking the train. You’ll also be able to see a lot…

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