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Why Living in the Developing World Makes You More Mindful

Why Living in the Developing World Makes You More Mindful

Having been born and brought up in a rich, developed country full of opportunity and structure, I never would have been able to imagine a life any different. That was, of course, until I stepped outside my comfort zone and backpacked in India, Nepal, and SE Asia for 8 months, and then moved to Vietnam to work as a teacher. By that time, I’d traveled around developing countries extensively, and spent at least one month in each country to gain…

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7 Best Places to Visit in Bali

7 Best Places to Visit in Bali

Bali is an enchanting paradise,  scattered with ancient temples, astounding nature, and friendly locals. It’s rich in natural beauty, from it’s cascading waterfalls to it’s lush jungles, pristine beaches, active volcanoes, and hidden caves, the nature here is incredibly diverse. Bali is a cultural mecca, with ancient traditions that visitors can easily immerse themselves in. Although Bali is pretty touristy compared to other islands in Indonesia, it remains a gem for its timeless beauty and countless opportunities for adventure. Bali…

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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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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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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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Off the Beaten Path of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Off the Beaten Path of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a breathtaking trek you shouldn’t miss if you come to Nepal! It’s considered to be one of the most extraordinary treks on earth because of its diverse landscapes. You’ll get to see lush valleys, windy canyons, hidden waterfalls, and of course the majestic Himalayas. You also have the challenge of crossing Thorong La Pass, the world’s highest navigable pass at 5,416 meters! After you make it across the pass you’ll see some of the world’s highest mountains, including Annapurna III and Gangapurna. After spending…

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Tips for Backpacking Mysterious Myanmar

Tips for Backpacking Mysterious Myanmar

Myanmar (AKA Burma) is a country that was completely cut off from tourism until just a few years ago when it finally opened its borders to foreigners after decades of military-imposed isolation. Myanmar has as many charming beaches and ancient temples as Thailand and is a rich and extremely diverse culture, yet Myanmar still doesn’t get nearly the amount of tourists as the rest of SE Asia. The ancient city of Bagan has more than 2,000 temples, some of them over…

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